Top five haunted places in New Orleans

By Isadora Linheira


Millions of tourists flock to New Orleans every year, not for Mardi Gras, the world famous cultural or rowdy night life, but for its haunted past. New Orleans is ranked as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. If you’re curious of the story behind these places, here’s a list of the top five haunted places in New Orleans. Read this with all your lights on and get ready for chills up your spine.



1. The Madame LaLaurie’s Mansion

The LaLaurie Mansion attracts thousands of tourists every year to check out one of the most haunted places in the U.S. The LaLaurie mansion, located in the heart of the French Quarter, has a legendary tragic history.

Madame Delphine LaLaurie built the mansion in 1832. Long after the mansion was completed her family moved in. The LaLaurie family was very wealthy, and like most wealthy families in historical New Orleans they owned slaves. These slaves still haunt the mansion.

In 1834 there was a fire in the house. When authorities arrived to extinguish the flames and investigate the cause of the fire, they made a horrifying discovery. Madame LaLaurie considered the slaves to be her “toys” and regularly imprisoned, tortured, and removed their organs, mutilating their arms and legs. Some say that the slaves’ blood was used for LaLaurie’s recipe to keep her skin young.

At the mansion people still claim to see these slaves running around the house, with their anguished moaning bouncing down the halls. The mansion is also known for bringing money problems for those who end up buying the house, including actor Nicolas Cage. Cage bought the mansion, only to lose it to foreclosure in 2009 in the midst of rumors about bankruptcy.


The LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street
2. Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

Located on Bourbon Street, a couple blocks away from where the infamous partying happens, is the haunted Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop. One of the famous ghosts to haunt the Shop is thought to be Jean Lafitte, who was a famous pirate and privateer. Lafitte is known for his role in helping to save the city during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Many people suspect he used the bar as his base, but there is no historical information to support this claim.

Many have reported seeing the ghost of Jean Laffite in the bar, usually near the fireplace, standing quietly in the corner. When noticed, he vanishes right in front of the onlooker’s eyes. Reportedly dressing as a seafaring pirate, the ghost has already spooked more than a few people.

The ghost of a woman is also reported to haunt the place in the upstairs area. No one knows for sure who she is; it could be one of the many people who lived in the site in the past. She has been seen floating around the halls in the shadows, continuing to spook the workers.


Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street
3. The Hotel Monteleone

The Hotel Monteleone is probably the most famous haunted hotel in the city and it has quite a long haunted history. Located at Royal Street in the French Quarter, the hotel has numerous ghostly apparitions that have been reported by guests who leave scared for their lives.

The Hotel Monteleone started business around 1886, when a Sicilian immigrant called Antonio Monteleone purchased a small hotel on Royal. The hotel expanded in size and importance in the city, becoming one of the most successful family-owned hotels in the U.S. The Monteleone has accommodated many famous guests since then and is also famous for hosting political refugees and expatriates, who would stay and socialize. After the death of a few of these men, they reportedly still stay around the bar at the hotel, haunting guests. According to workers and guests, sometimes they are seen as full-bodied apparitions, looking as real as any of us, and then they simply vanish into thin air.

Among many ghost stories happening in the hotel, the most famous one is about a couple that were visiting the city. Late at night the couple decided to head back to their room, they hopped into the elevator and started ascending the floors when suddenly the elevator stopped on the wrong floor. As they exited the elevator they started to walk down the hall, unaware that they were on the wrong floor. As they rounded the corner a ghostly scene unfolded right before their eyes as the air started to get colder and colder. They witnessed ghosts of several children playing in the hallway, which at first seemed to simply be kids up way past their bed time, however, they noticed that the kids were wearing clothes from a distant era. The ghosts started to approach them and then vanished one by one.

Needless to say, the guests ran back to their room to face a sleepless and terrified night, trying to process what they had just witnessed. It’s said that guests who stay at the hotel witness horrifying experiences, enough to lose their sanity, and never return.


Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street (above)
4. Hotel Villa Convento

Located on the downriver side of New Orleans’ French Quarter sits the Hotel Villa Convento. According to local legend, the land the hotel sits on has been haunted long before the Hotel Villa Convento occupied it’s current location. The volume of ghost stories that have come out of the Hotel Villa Convento is what impresses people interested in haunted places the most.

The Hotel Villa Convento was built in the early 1800’s, and since then has been used as a personal residence, a hotel, and apartments. The hotel has also been reported as one of New Orleans’ historic brothels, and it is also rumored to be the house mentioned in the song “House of The Rising Sun.” The Madame of the brothel is a well-known ghost at the hotel, many guests have seen her in their rooms, checking in to make sure everything is going as it should. According to TripAdvisor, the hotel boasts some spooky reviews from past guests warning future visitors about the haunting stories they witnessed.


Hotel Villa Convento at Ursulines Avenue (below)

5. The Gardette LaPrete House

Located on Dauphine Street, the Gardette LaPrete house is one of the most mysterious places in New Orleans. Known as the Sultan’s Palace, the name stems from one of New Orleans most famous local legends. The ghost stories are commonly attributed to its original owner and his grisly downfall.

In the late 1800’s, a mysterious man came to the port of New Orleans with many beautiful women and servants. He rented the house and furnished it with the finest linens and decorations from all over the world. He was the brother of a famous Sultan in Turkey. After betraying his brother, he came to New Orleans to start a new life. Everything was perfect at the new house, until one night during a severe storm. The occupants of the house were murdered in a particularly brutal manner. Their bodies were cut apart and strewn around the house. It’s been said that the brother of the Sultan was found buried in the courtyard of the house. He’d been buried while still alive!

Civil War soldiers supposedly haunt the Gardette LaPrete house as well. The soldiers stayed at the house during the Civil War, more than likely using it as a makeshift hospital. According to tourist guides, because many people visit the house, the ghosts have become agitated, causing them to act up even worse than before.


The Gardette LaPrete House on Delphine Street(below)



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