Most Haunted Places in the French Quarter
It’s an understatement to say that the French Quarter has a deep, complex history. It’s changed hands during territorial disputes and today has architecture from the French, Spanish and final U.S. annexation. This colored past is preserved in the Quarter’s buildings, alleys and homes, and with it, many believe past spirits are as well.
Here at St. Pierre Hotel, we’ve made a list of the haunted places in the French Quarter, all within steps of your stay. For in-depth ghost tours on the history of these haunts, great options are available for ghost tours with extensive background information.
1. THE MORGUE
Now Flanagan’s Pub, The Morgue is about as cryptic as you’d expect. During the Yellow Fever epidemic, there weren’t enough places to store the deceased, so The Morgue acted as a temporary, ahem, morgue during that time. It is said to be haunted by spirits today, or at least a creepy place to get a drink. Located at 625 Philip Street
2. FAULKNER HOUSE BOOKS
William Faulkner lived and wrote in New Orleans for a time, even finishing his last book in this house. Today, the house has been beautifully restored into a bookstore. Workers and owners have said to see the ghost of Faulkner, which is usually accompanied with the smell of his pipe. Located at 624 Pirate’s Alley
3. THE ANDREW JACKSON HOTEL
This is said to be at the top of the list for the most-haunted spots in all of New Orleans. Originally home to a boarding school and orphanage for young boys who lost their parents to Yellow Fever, fires consumed the building with young boys inside. Hotel employees and guests have seen, heard or felt ghosts on the premises. Some of these spirits have allegedly pushed people out of their beds, ruffled pillows and can be heard laughing sometimes in the courtyard. Many believe these are the young boys who perished in the terrible fire. Located at 919 Royal Street
4. OLD ABSINTHE HOUSE
The original Absinthe House was built in 1752, but after it burned down was reconstructed in 1806. The name is right; while it acted as a bar, there were also other things being sold within the premises. Today, old partons are said to haunt the second floor. Located at 240 Bourbon Street
5. MAHOGANY JAZZ HALL
Suicide, killings and other disturbing tales from the present-day jazz club that was formerly a boarding house. Maybe stop in for a drink. Located at 125 Chartres Street
6. THE HAUNTED LALAURIE MANSION
This is a stunning mansion with a tragic past. Rumor has it that the original owners severely malnourished and mistreated their slaves and that they even buried some of these poor souls in the backyard. The ghosts are said to haunt the mansion today. Privately owned, no one from the public can enter the premises, though many say they can feel its spooky allure. Located at 1140 Royal Street
7. HERMAN-GRIMA HOUSE
This building is a real beauty to have such an ugly past. Built in 1831, the architecture reveals the Golden Age of New Orleans. Today, the former owners are rumored to haunt the premises. Located at 820 Louis Street
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