If getting drunk on Bourbon Street isn’t your idea of a fun evening, take a New Orleans ghost tour with French Quarter Phantoms. It’s an interesting and educational way to see the French Quarter. I wasn’t enthusiastic when my family wanted to take a ghost tour, because I have an overactive imagination and can manage to freak myself out quite nicely without any help. But our tour guide, Jessica, was perfect. Her goal was not to scare us but to inform us. She was more like a historical lecturer and had a laidback sense of humor that I enjoyed -- the kind of person I wouldn’t mind talking to at a party.
A story from the tour:
The present-day Andrew Jackson Hotel was a boys' boarding school in the 1800s, but when a yellow fever epidemic swept the city, all of the students died. The hotel today is said to be haunted by their ghosts. The ghostly happenings are very mischievous, the sort of thing you’d expect from little boys, but it would still scare the bejesus out of me! Guests have reported hearing children laughing and running up and down the halls at night, faucets turn on by themselves, female guests have been awakened by someone tickling their feet. A few of the latter have said they saw a little boy giggling at the foot of their bed. It made me wonder how the ghost tour affects the occupancy rate of the hotel.
This is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Tours last about an hour and a half. Phone for the times -- these have changed, post-Katrina. $20 per person, children's rates. Reservations are necessary, as the size of tour groups is limited. Tips are gratefully accepted by your guide at the end of the tour.
The Haunting of New Orleans
"Our Ghost Tour Of New Orleans"
We wanted our vacation to be a little different this time around. So we decided to go on a ghost tour. We went through Gray Line Tours for our paranormal discovery throughout the French Quarter. We arrived at the designated meet spot and without much ado we set off on foot to see if we can spy on some FREAKY ENTITIES!
There were moments where I kinda (but not really) wigged out on some of the stories that the narrator was telling. However, all in all, I felt we were more subjected to a history lesson of New Orleans rather than ghost chasing. Anyhow, the following is in part some of the information that our narrator mentioned and part from my research.
We plan to do another ghost hunt, but this time we'll find someone who knows a bit more about the actual ghosts and why they still haunt this decadent city!
The above picture is one of several taken by a visitor from Salt Lake City in front of the Shalimar Indian Cuisine at night. The restaurant is said to be protected by an Indian Zeik, a holy man who protects the family that owns the restaurant. The building was a Jax Brewery Warehouse and have had no paranormal reports prior it becoming a restaurant. This is an example of an entity's ties to a person or persons rather than particular objects or surroundings.
Shalimar Indian Cuisine
535 Wilkinson Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
"O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub"
The first entity is a former owner who seems to be looking for something, although nobody knows what.
The second entity is Joseph Bapentier, the third owner of the property. He murdered his french mistress, Angelique. Bapentier and Angelique had a terrible argument by which Angelique fled into the courtyard and up 3 flights of stairs. Bapentier caught up with Angelique and continued the arguement. Pushed...fell...thrown...slipped, the end result being Angelique went out the windown to her death head first, and broke her neck. Bapentier ran down and stuffed her lifeless body into a sewage well in the corner of the courtyard, and then hanged himself on the second story balcony after he realized he was seen by a boy servant from one of the upper floors. Baptiste's entity has been passionate and abusive. Often women would experience their arm squeezed tightly or forcibly pushed. Angelique was also seen here at the pub and is drawn to young men and children, stroking their hair or holding their hand.
The fourth entity is Baptiste's wife, Mary Wheaton. After Baptiste died, the property reverted to her and the shop (the first floor) thrived. She passed away at the age of 35 when she fell ill and died. Mary is very protective of the property and has been noted to pinch, trip or push employees who are not up to standards.
There is a possible fifth entity of a little boy who was separated from his mother in the French Quarter and died. According to his story, he was wandering, looking for his mother, when he wandered into O'Flaherty's, and at least one of the other ghosts seems to have taken him in.
If you ever wondered, the third floor security bars were installed during the time of the epidemic that swept through the French Quarter. The third floor was used as a quarantine area for victims, those who were ill tried to kill themselves to bring an end to their suffering. Instead, bars were put on and suffered long excrutiating pain and eventually death.
O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub
514 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA
Briefly turned into a hospital during the Civil War. Many soldiers died there, and of course, haunt the hotel, specifically, building number 5.
A young girl on vacation with here family stepped out of the shower, and had to step over a bunch of "towels"...then she noticed they were bloodied bandages and sheets. A security guard stepped out of an elevator, only to have the room before him transformed into one of the hospital wards, full of wounded soldiers. Other guests have seen the same civil war soldier who would walk down a corridor and disappear at the end of the hallway.
1024 Rue Chartres, New Orleans, LA. 70116
"Andrew Jackson Hotel"
The hotel had originally been an orphanage. Guests have had the sensation of not feeling alone or being watched and often reported the laughter of children in the hallways, even though it is currently an adults-only hotel. In room 208, guest have experienced items moved or missing or someone bouncing or sitting on the foot of their bed. On further research a boy by the name of Armand has been brought up to be the cause of many harmless "pranks".
Andrew Jackson Hotel
919 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
"St Anthony's Garden"
In the rear of the St. Louis Cathedral sits one of the most delightful spots in the Vieux Carre - St. Anthony’s Garden. This little island of green, with its noble oak, sycamore and magnolia trees shadows a bloodied past.
Occasionally on early morning rain storms, the spirit of Father Pere Dagobert can be heard singing the "Kyrie". The voice travels from St. Louis Cathedral to St. Louis Cemetery #1. The procession was from a funeral mass he conducted in 1769 for a group of townspeople who led a rebellion against the Spanish occupation. They were executed for insurrection against the crown and their bodies were left to rot in Jackson Square as an example. Pere held a mass for them and had them buried despite danger of being cast in part of the rebellion.
I've heard a couple of stories about Muriel's...one from Muriel's website states they are fully aware of the ghost that haunts their restaurant his name is Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan. Jourdan bought the property in 1789, and subsequently built his "dream home" for himself and his family. One night in 1814, Mr. Jourdan wagered his house in a poker game --- he lost, and before he had to vacate his beloved home, he committed suicide on the 2nd floor.
Another story I've heard was a prominent family bought the home. The family had a beautiful daughter who was in love with a man that her father did not approve of (romeo and juliet story). They had planned on running away. The girl told her boyfriend to wait for her just outside the carriageway entrance and wait for her by the lightpost. When the appointed time arrived. She donned a dark cloak with a hood and dashed down the stairs. In her haste she had somehow awakened her father. He, thinking that there was a burglar in the home, set out with firearm in hand. He had caught a glympse of a cloak and chased after the "robber". Just as the "robber" was about to be illuminated by the lightpost outside, he shot the "robber" from behind. The "robber" slumped forward into the waiting arms of the man he recognized to be his daughter's boyfriend and to late he realized that he had just killed his own daughter. The entity of a woman waiting at a window has been seen.
In the Courtyard Bar, it has been witnessed that at least three times since March 2001, drinking glasses were thrown from behind the bar 12 feet across to the brick wall and shatter.
Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116
"Place D'Armes Hotel"
Guests have been awakened in the middle of the night by a knock at the door. Upon answering the knock they find a small girl in old fashioned nightclothes asking if they have seen her grandmother. She then fades away in front of their eyes.
Place D'Armes Hotel
625 St. Ann St, New Orleans LA
"The Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden"
There was this one story about someone hearing the battle of Shiloh inside the house. However, there was never any Civil War battles fought on the grounds and Shiloh was many miles away.
What has been noted are the entities of a cat and a dog by the name of "Lucky". There was also a incident where a female caretaker moved into a small apartment underneath the main house. One morning the woman asked whether there'd been a party in the main house the previous night. She heard music and furniture being moved upstairs, but the house was empty. It was locked up for the night.
Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden
1113 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Outside the Andrew Jackson Hotel at Night
where not to stay
Going to NOLA for a cruise, want to visit couple of days prior to cruise. Are there areas to stay away from when booking room. There are 5 adults going. We don't mind not staying in the French Quarter, how are Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans East, West Bank?? Money is an issue - but safety is first
RE: where not to stay
Stay away from New Orleans East and the West Bank. There should be plenty of places closer to the Quarter in your price range.
RE: RE: where not to stay
thanks, we will keep that in mind
RE: RE: where not to stay
I'd recommend the French Quarter, too. There are lots of hotels and you'll be walking distance from everything worth seeing...or there's public transportation. If you're looking for a decent price try the Alexa Hotel or the Holiday Inn/French Quarter. We've stayed at both and, if you're not looking for fancy, they are good choices. Walking distance to everything. We've stayed there with kids and have felt perfectly safe.
RE: RE: where not to stay
Thanks, seems like the French Quarter is the place to stay.
RE: where not to stay
Don't stay in New Orleans East!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RE: where not to stay
We did the same thing in June. We stayed at the Andrew Jackson Hotel, on Royal. It was reasonably price, very convenient, quiet and safe. It on the edge of the Quarter but only a block or two from all the excitement. We didn't have a car but were able to walk or take one of the 2 street car lines anywhere we wanted to go, (Riverwalk, Cafe Dumond, French Market, Jackson Square, etc.) even with a pregnant daughter-in-law.
We did have to take 2 taxis to the dock. (We also had 5 adults.)
Have a wonderful time!