St. Francisville, Louisiana
General David Bradford headed to the French colony of Louisiana and built this home after his involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion forced him to flee federal troops trying to suppress the uprising in 1794. The plantation underwent a series of restorations in its 215-year history, including a mid-19th century addition that doubled the size of the main house. Despite the remodels, the raised cottage still features all of its original flooring and most of its original windows. The interior features beautiful Rococo Revival-style marble mantles and hand-painted stained glass accents.
Double dormers and lace grillwork on the 120-foot veranda are as famous as the spirits said to inhabit the house, billed as "One of America's Most Haunted Homes." While there is some dispute with regard to the origins of the spirits at the plantation, the National Parks Service confirms that at least one Reconstruction-era murder took place there.
The Myrtles Plantation welcomes visitors for historical tours and seasonal mystery tours. Call 800-809-0565 or visit myrtlesplantation.com
for more information.