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Great New Orleans ghost stories and ghosts

New Orleans is a haunted city

There are many ghosts in New Orleans. In fact, we don’t add the “stop” to normal activity when we talk about them. For us, it’s closer than normal to have a ghost or two in your house. Our home is typical of much of the New Orleans housing stock and was built in the 1870s. We have a female ghost. My husband calls her “Carney.” She likes to move things on the covers and scare cats down the stairs late at night, but otherwise she is quite quiet. As the ghosts go, it’s not very scary, and it’s probably typical of most ghosts in New Orleans.

As such, you will not receive a written story about it. Carney is haunting a house in one of the most haunted cities in the country. So, she probably won’t become famous outside of our friends and family.

Ghosts like Carney don’t get a lot of press. But, others in New Orleans do. Fray Antonio de Sedella arrived in New Orleans around 1774 with the Spanish Inquisition in Louisiana. Never an enthusiastic inquisitor, over the course of a few years, Father Sedella became the beloved Pere Antoine, the pastor of the (then) Church of San Luis. The alley next to the Cathedral of San Luis bears his name, it is Pere Antoine Alley. It is still close to the St. Louis Cathedral, which is not a bad place to haunt. The cathedral is right off Jackson Square and is truly in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Then there is Prince Suleyman, a Turk who claimed to be the sultan, or former sultan, of a Middle Eastern country. Apparently the Sultan had made some violent enemies prior to his stay in New Orleans and they paid him and his harem a deadly visit. Although dead, the Sultan has never left. The Sultan is probably the most exotic and mysterious of the New Orleans ghosts. Here is his story.

The beautiful Octoroon, Julie, was the mistress of the wealthy French in the early 1800s. Julie’s teacher kept her in great style in a beautiful house on Royal Street. He provided her with fine clothing and jewelry. He made sure she had the best kitchen for dinner and servants to take care of everything for her. The Frenchman came to Julie almost every night and the two made a passionate love on sultry New Orleans nights. But, Julie made a big mistake, fell in love with the handsome Frenchman and talked about getting married many times.

The Frenchman was also in love, but marriage to a woman with 1/8 black blood was unthinkable at the time. Finally, Julie’s teacher accepted the marriage, if Julie could show her love for him. He promised Julie that if she spent the night outside, naked, he would marry her. This was in December. The Frenchman was sure that Julie would stay outside for a while and enter his warm room before too long. Sadly, the teacher was wrong. In the morning, he found his beautiful Julie, naked and lifeless outside on her balcony.

Now, on the coldest nights in December, Julie can be seen walking on his roof, naked.

I guess the most haunted house and the most evil actions occurred at the Lalaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. Arguably the most haunted house in New Orleans, the Lalaurie Mansion, has surely suffered the most gruesome history, and its reputation for visiting other worlds is well-deserved and well-documented. Once the lavish home of Dr. Louis LaLaurie and his wife, Delphine, this mansion was suddenly revealed as the eerie slave experimentation scene when a fire broke out in 1835.

Read the whole story.

Le Petit Theater is almost 100 years old and has functioned as a community theater in the French Quarter since its inception. It is now undergoing some renovations and it will be interesting to see if its resident ghost, a handsome man in a 19th century evening suit, will attend the new opening.

There are many other ghosts in New Orleans. Some in hotels, some in bars, and some, like our Carney, in common homes in New Orleans.

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