There is a darkness to New Orleans
that is as carefully hidden as the gates to the small gardens which lurk between buildings in the Quarter.
This dark side is there,
just like the spectacular gardens and courtyards, but you have to know where to look for it.
Even if you don’t see it though,
it’s liable to creep behind you and claim you when you least expect it.
A PRISON FOR SPIRITS
Ghosts cannot cross water.
What is New Orleans surrounded by?
New Orleans has Lake Pontchartrain on one side, the winding Mississippi River on the other.
Even within the city, Bayou St John snakes its way through the soggy land.
LIKE FLIES CAUGHT
BETWEEN PANES OF GLASS
The ghost of a little boy is known to haunt the Hotel Monteleone, the Andrew Jackson Hotel and about ten other places.
How many lost, lonely children died in those hotels over the centuries?
The lady in white has been seen at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, the Maison de Ville and, you guessed it, about ten other places.
As for ghostly Confederate soldiers?
We’ve got the
Andrew Jackson Hotel, the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Sultan’s Palace, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, May Bailey’s Place and on and on.
Ponchartrain Hotel (circa 1940)
THE PONCHARTRAIN HOTEL
Established in 1927, this hotel is famous for its ghosts.
With its illustrious history, it is no surprise that the Pontchartrain Hotel has its fair share of ghosts.
Some claim that there are as many as twenty different spirits that live here but those are just speculations.
In 1929, during the hotel’s infancy,
a fire broke out on the ninth floor and killed a husband and wife.
They are said to still roam this floor, often interacting with guests by turning the lights on and off,
activating the ice machine, and operating the elevator.
Locals say that former famed local pianist, Tuts Washington continues to play ghostly tunes downstairs,
while the residual energies of an elderly man and two women have been seen wandering through the hallways of the upper floors.
Rumor in the city is
that a real-life vampire also haunts the hotel, hiding during the day-light hours and coming out once the sun goes down.
PICK UP A COPY OF
BEWARE THE JADE CHRISTMAS
And spend Christmas Eve Night
in the Ponchartrain Hotel
It will be a stay to die for.