New Orleans, a city in love with stories and cultural celebrations, is a hotbed of fascinating people. The destination’s unique—and sometimes dark—history means many of those stories involve local ghosts and haunted properties. If you’re a brave traveler looking for an otherworldly experience, come take a Haunted History Walking Tour with us. Some of the Ghosts you may encounter are:
VICTIMS OF MADAME DELPHINE LALAURIE AT THE LALAURIE MANSION
Countless New Orleans ghost historians and tour guides say that the LaLaurie Mansion is one of the city’s most spirited places. Rumors are still swirling around Madame Delphine LaLaurie and the alleged crimes carried out in the backroom of her 19th century French Quarter palace. (Fans of American Horror Story may be familiar with the Creole figure, who was played by Kathy Bates in the show’s third season.) Once host to endless elegant parties, the LaLaurie Mansion is now home to countless ghosts who supposedly met their end at the hands of the alleged socialite serial killer, and you will hear these harrowing tales as you walk by (you can’t go inside).
JEAN LAFITTE AND THE WOMAN IN BLACK AT LAFITTE’S BLACKSMITH SHOP BAR
We will add some haunted history to your Bourbon Street experience by wandering down to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, named for the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte. Lafitte’s is one of the oldest operating bars in America and the second-oldest building in the French Quarter—lending itself to decades of spooky stories. Over the years, as bar patrons await last call, they’ve snapped photos or spotted a vision of a still-unknown woman in black, assorted pirates and even Lafitte himself.
PIERRE ANTOINE LEPARDI JOURDAN AT MURIEL’S JACKSON SQUARE
Muriels , one of New Orleans’ famously haunted restaurants, continues to serve up beloved Creole classics—sometimes with a side of the supernatural. The building that houses Muriel’s was once home to Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, who lovingly restored the Jackson Square dwelling after a raging fire destroyed much of the French Quarter in 1788. He later took his own life after losing the home during a poker game. It’s reported that Jourdan appears in the restaurant’s second-floor lounge from time to time, usually as a wandering glimmer of light rather than in human form.