Rayne LA hotels. Reservations for hotels in Rayne Louisiana United States of America. Strange or scary tales, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends, myths and ghosts of Louisiana. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Louisiana. Hints and tips for holidaymakers or business travellers.
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Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of Louisiana
Alligator snapping turtles, Carolina anoles (sometimes called American chamaeleons), turkey vultures, fox squirrels, mud snakes, tan racers, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, razor-backed musk turtles, coyotes, broad-headed skinks, Mississippi diamondback terrapins, buttermilk racers, dwarf salamanders, common snapping turtles, Eastern coral snakes (sometimes called American cobras or candy sticks), muskrats, raccoons, red cornsnakes, Kemp's ridley turtles, Eastern yellowbelly racers, ospreys, gray squirrels, western pigmy rattlesnakes, green sea turtles, great egrets, great white egrets, Eastern tiger salamanders, American green tree frogs, rabbits, American alligators, cottonmouths, beavers, American black vultures, northern scarlet snakes, Texas coral snakes, Southern red-backed salamanders, mallards, Louisiana black bears, leatherback turtles, a few cougars, loggerhead turtles, minks, bobcats, bald eagles, opossums, Gulf Coast waterdogs, hawksbill turtles, kingsnakes, brown pelicans, pit vipers, wild turkeys, coal skinks, rainbow snakes, slender glass lizards, great blue herons, three-toed amphiumas, skunks, barred owls, red-cockaded woodpeckers, armadillos and Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are among the wild animals of Louisiana.
Ghosts, Scary Stories, Myths, Legends, Folklore and Monsters in Louisiana
How Marie Laveau performed her St John's Eve Voodoo rituals at Lake Pontchartrain; ghostly cows at the Oak Manor Cow Graveyard, Houma; the phantom Civil War coachman who still haunts the drive of the Nottoway Plantation, White Castle, where he was killed while helping passengers to safety during an engagement between the opposing forces; the spectral Madame said to haunt the bar of the Prince Conti Hotel in New Orleans; phantom gunshots heard near Arcadia, where Bonnie and Clyde were shot dead; the ghosts of a lady called Diane and a servant called Gerald in the W New Orleans - French Quarter hotel (formerly the Hotel de la Poste), New Orleans; a mischievious young man who appears at the windows on any floor, a lost teenager and a middle-aged couple, among the ghosts of the historic Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans; ghosts of Spanish soldiers that are said to haunt Le Richelieu in the French Quarter, a hotel built on the site of their execution, in New Orleans; the vampire in 19th century attire that stalks the French Quarter of New Orleans in search of female victims; spirits both ethereal and liquid in Pat O'Brien's bar, New Orleans; phantoms of an angry slave and a weeping woman at the Myrtles Plantation in St Francisville; the phantom little girl in a blue dress that haunts the mansion of the Houmas House Plantation, Donaldsonville; ghosts of a nun and playful children (Madeline and Miss Clavel?) in St Vincent's Guest House, New Orleans; spectral nuns and children, as well as a Confederate soldier and a solo dancer, among the hauntings of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans; a number of ghosts in the Woodland Plantation, Port Sulphur, including the spectres of Braddish Johnson (wearing silk hat, striped pants and a cane) and former slaves; and the ghosts of a black man and a white woman called Addie at the Susie Plantation in Centerville, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Louisiana.
The crow possessed by the spirit of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, that watches over the Greek revival style Laveau-Glapion tomb, in St Louis Cemetery No 1, New Orleans; the ghosts of former owners haunting the Destrehan Plantation, Destrehan, where construction of the mansion began in the eighteenth century; the yellow fever victims that are said to haunt the Andrew Jackson Hotel French Quarter in New Orleans; the house on Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans, where a butcher made sausages from human meat; the ghosts of Antoine Alciatore and others haunting the historic Antoine's Restaurant, which has served Creole cuisine in New Orleans since 1840; the hands-on but friendly ghost of a woman on the ninth floor, and the spectre of blues pianist Isidore "Tuts" Washington in the bar, at The Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans; hauntings of the Rosedown Plantation in St Francisville; ghostly parties, as well as a bath that fills without human assistance, in The Lookout Inn, New Orleans; at least a dozen spirits haunting the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, where the elevator may stop at the wrong floor (floor 14 is actually the 13th, by the way) and open to reveal spectral children; ghosts of a man and a woman in the mansion of the Oak Alley Plantation (the woman also rides outside) at Vacherie; the many ghosts that haunt the road leading to the Laurel Valley Village Plantation, Thibodaux; how ghostly Confederate soldiers retune radios to country music stations at the Audubon Cottages of Dauphine Street in New Orleans; a phantom Madame who knocks on doors to make sure that her "girls" are alright, as well as the laughter of ghostly children, in the Hotel Villa Convento on Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans; psychic readings and the ghost of an octoroon lady in the Bottom of the Cup Tea Room, New Orleans; phantom celebrations said to take place in the New Orleans Courtyard Hotel; and the ghosts of a man and a woman at the Ormond Plantation, Destrehan, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Louisiana.
Paranormal phenomena at the Quality Inn & Suites Maison St Charles in New Orleans; the vampires that slept, by day, in caskets on the third floor of the Old Ursuline Convent (now a museum), before their nightly predations upon the residents of the French Quarter of New Orleans; the woman in white who haunts the Ardoyne Plantation, Schriever; ghostly celebrations hosted by the buccaneer Jean Lafitte in the Old Absinthe House, New Orleans; the ghost of a Confederate soldier in the former slaves' quarters, as well as other supernatural phenomena, in the Hotel St Pierre French Quarter in New Orleans; obscure apparitions, the sound of a dumb waiter and red handprints on beds, among the ghostly phenomena in the French Market Inn, New Orleans; the belief that if a Voodoo offering is made at her tomb in St Louis Cemetery No 1, New Orleans, the spirit of Marie Laveau will grant a wish; the ghost of the smuggler and buccaneer Jean Lafitte, as well as the spectre of a Voodoo priestess believed to be Marie Laveau, haunting Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans; innumerable hauntings of the historic and iconic Lafayette Cemetery No 1 (dine at the haunted Commander's Palace restaurant across the road); the numerous hauntings of The Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed, in New Orleans; the ghost of the buccaneer Renato Beluche in Madame John's Legacy (now a museum that featured in the movie Interview with the Vampire), New Orleans; tales of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, where Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr opened the first licensed pharmacy in the USA and where Dr James Dupas, whose ghost haunts the premises, was rumoured to have practised Voodoo and to have performed experiments on pregnant slaves; the table set for the ghost of Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, a former owner of the property, in Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant, New Orleans; the little ghost girl who still searches for her grandmother, as well as spectral music, in the Place D'Armes Hotel, New Orleans; the paradise of the Native American Chatas people that existed (perhaps it still does) beneath the waters of Bayou Lacombe; and ghosts of World War Two sailors on the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge, are more weird folklore associated with Louisiana.
The apparition of a Capuchin monk seen on Pirate Alley (Pirates Alley) in New Orleans; rougarous / lougarous (the local werewolves or loups-garous); phantoms seen at the windows of the Southdown Plantation, Houma; the ghosts of a man, a boy and a girl in the San Francisco Plantation House, Reserve; the ghost of a janitor that haunts the Presbytère in New Orleans; the ghost of a sergeant seen in Fort Pike, New Orleans; the phantom black dog of St Roch Cemetery, New Orleans; the many ghosts of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans; the spirit of the Voodoo priestess Julie Brown, who predicted that the town of Frenier would die with her, still haunting Manchac Swamp, along with ghostly victims of the 1915 hurricane, close to the town that was destroyed on the day of her funeral; the phantom Confederate soldiers and "working girls" said to haunt the Dauphine Orleans Hotel in New Orleans; the spirit of Emile Commander haunting his Commander's Palace restaurant, serving Creole dishes since 1880 (remember to walk around the very haunted Lafayette Cemetery No 1 across the road); the traditional hitchhiking phantom that haunts the Bayou Sale road in Dulac; Civil War ghosts at the Buena Vista plantation, Gloster; invisible ghosts in the Spanish Moon (its website describes itself as a student music dive) in Baton Rouge; hauntings at the gothic, castellated, Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge; the emerald-headed King Snake, a god to Native Americans, which dwells in a crystal cave in the Caribbean but sometimes emerges with a light display that can be seen from far away; the phantom bride seen running near the Parlange Plantation House, Baton Rouge; and unexplained phenomena at the Old State Penitentiary in Baton Rouge, are yet more strange folktales of Louisiana.
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