Myrtles Plantation Ghost Story

from Yuna-Marie Shirley

There are more hauntings I should say-to the Myrtles Plantation than you know. Yes, there was the slave girl who had "relations" with the owner, and had poisoned the mother and kids. But there's others...

When the War broke out between the states, the town was in ruins with death around every corner. The Stirlings were living on the Plantation at the time. Eight sons of the family had gone to war leaving their only sister there; tragically only one of the brothers had survived the war.

But death hadn't stopped there for them. Sarah (the only sister) had met, loved, and married William Winter, an attorney from St. Louis, and they had three children. One night when William was tutoring his young son, there was someone who had come for him, and in the main hall William was shot by the man. Marshalling his last strength, William had climbed to the seventh step to fall into the hands of his beloved wife. For 114 years, every night you can hear the heavy, labored footsteps going right to the seventh step.

Also there is a spot on the main flooring that is impossible to wipe up. Many believe it's Lewis Stirling's blood from when he was shot.

January 1868, little Cate Stirling laid dying of the yellow fever in what is now the "Peach room." The Stirling parents did everything they could, but failed. So, they had asked a "voodoo Queen" (who was supposed to be able to heal the sick and raise the dead) to heal their daughter. For three days, the Queen did her chanting and incantation over Cate's bed. But Cate had succumbed to death. In January (the month of Cate's illness), on some nights you could see the Voodoo Queen twirling and chanting around the bed.

There is a caretaker (that was murdered in 1824) who wanders the property in broad daylight telling real people to leave, of course. The people think he's real.

The two girls who had been poisoned are seen wandering around the plantation grounds, and people actually talk to them not knowing they had died in 1824.

There was also a woman (Mrs. Michaud) who was ill in her own house in San Jose. A woman who had bought the plantation had seen the ghost of Mrs. Michaud at a younger age. People believe that when some become very ill, their spirits are capable of leaving their body and doing the thing they loved most when they were young, yet are able to come back to their bodies, while still alive.

Those are the collection of true ghost stories about Myrtles Plantation.