Now here’s the most famously haunted city in America! The city also conducts vampire tours, haunted tours, and voodoo tours.
The Sultan’s Palace
The house at 716 Dauphine Street is a classic French Quarter beauty with classic wrought-iron balconies and a large courtyard. But in the 1800s, this residence was a house of horrors for the Sultan, a wealthy man with a depraved lifestyle, multiple wives and children and a harem of women and young boys held against their will. Neighbors complained about the mysterious habits of this man who had a predilection for partying, opium and torture. But the greatest mystery in the house was the Sultan’s demise when he was buried alive in the courtyard after his family and harem were hacked to pieces in a bloodbath by an unknown perpetrator. Today, his angry spirit is thought to be responsible for the unusual noises, loud music and strong incense smells that waft from the home.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and sadistic killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie could find some fellow ghostly company at this old Bourbon Street bar, supposedly haunted by pirate Jean Lafitte. Opened in 1772, the bar was rumored to be a front for Lafitte’s smuggling operation and the hiding place for his stolen booty. Many believe his treasure is still somewhere beneath the charred ash and brick and that Lafitte—whose red eyes glow from behind the downstairs fireplace—remains to protect it. Some staff and guests even claim to have seen the ghost of Lafitte himself staring at them from the bar’s dark corners, only to vanish seconds later, leaving the faint trace of a tobacco smell behind as a warning to those who go in search of the bounty of his past pillaging.
The LaLaurie Mansion
While Madame Delphine LaLaurie played the perfect host, throwing lavish parties in her French Quarter house, her slaves suffered—chained, tortured, and mutilated in a hidden room upstairs. It was only when a kitchen fire broke out and neighbors tried to help evacuate the house that LaLaurie’s horrific secret was discovered. She fled, and the angry mob destroyed the house, which lay in ruins for years before it became a high school, a bar, an apartment building, and, briefly, the residence of actor Nicolas Cage. Signs of hauntings include the sound of screams from the empty house and the ghost of a young girl fleeing across the roof.
New Orleans timeshare resorts also have a storied past, but not as terrifying as those mentioned above! The Quarter House Club La Pension Wyndham Avenue Plaza Hotel and Spa Hotel de L’Eau Vive Chateau Orleans Hotel de la Monnaie Mardi Gras Manor I Leisure Club New Orleans North Harbor III Jean Lafitte House