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Louisiana's Haunted Plantations Paperback – August, 2004

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About the Author

Jill Pascoe has a lifetime love of a good ghost story and has always been involved with history and architecture. She grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and moved to Montreal where she earned a BA Honors in Archaeology with a minor in History from McGill University. Upon graduation Jill moved to London, England where she achieved a MA in Museum Studies from University College London. Armed with these degrees Jill entered into the world of historic sites, museums, and historic preservation, encountering something unusual wherever she turned... ghosts. After working at several historic houses and sites in Canada, England, New Jersey, and Virginia a pattern emerged of ghost stories being told at all these historic places. Yet there was never any books published on these public sites, and the idea of writing books about haunted historic sites was born.

When Jill and her husband made the move to Louisiana she knew she was finally in the right location to write such a book. After reviewing the literature on ghostly activity in the state, she settled on writing about haunted plantations, after all, every respectable plantation should have at least one ghost. Jill embarked on the research and began to travel around the state to different haunted plantations interviewing staff about their experiences. The result is her first book, Louisiana’s Haunted Plantations.

Jill lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband Josh, and their cats. In her spare time she reads, writes, and travels. She is working on her next book, and always enjoys hearing about personal ghostly experiences.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Irongate Press (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097547460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975474600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a terrific, fun book. It's packed with scary stories about the myriad ghosts who haunt the old plantations in Louisiana. Jill Pascoe, who lives in Louisiana, writes about strange happenings in The Myrtles in St. Francisville, Oak Alley in Vacherie and Chretien Point near Sunset and many others, including some plantations that have burned down. Several stories of haunting by those long dead are genuinely creepy. The thirteen chapters key on individual plantations, except for the last about burnt plantations and the forlorn spirits who wander the ruins. The author anchors the ghost stories within the history of each plantation and often a reader will feel transported back to an age of lively grand houses with sweeping lawns and towering live oaks. Some of those people from long ago never left their plantations and continue to disturb the houses and grounds. Pascoe also writes about her personal and scary encounters with the spirits. The book is a grand read!
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In the mood for a ghost story or two? Louisiana's Haunted Plantation has a few stories and more. This is a well researched book that provides a great look into the past and the present of the haunted plantations in Louisiana. Taking safety into her own hands, Jill Pascoe, gives us some first hand accounts of the plantations, and their mysterious goings-on. But most chilling are the interviews with the people who work and live at the plantations.

Each chapter focuses on a single plantation with an excellent blend of history, architecture and narrative. The black and white photos of the plantations help realize the vivid images painted by the words.

After finishing the book, I found myself wanting to visit the Louisiana and some of these plantations. Although, I might not have the courage to stay overnight at some of these places. The book provides great contact information for each of the plantations including websites.

After you've read the book, I recommend taking a careful look at the front cover...

Highly recommended!
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If I were a ghost I don't think that I could find any better place to haunt than a spooky old Louisiana plantation house. Apparently there are several spooks who agree with me because according to this very well written book there are ghosts aplenty in these antebellum mansions. Not only are the locations discussed in this book haunted, but they are more often than not haunted by several spirits. No rundown old Victorian houses for these ghosts for they seem to enjoy the finer things in life, or death as the case may be.

Jill Pascoe has done an excellent job of putting together a fine collection of ghost stories from the old plantation homes of Louisiana. Her writing style is very pleasing and I found that I zipped right through this book and I finished wanting more. The author hits a very good balance between the history of the haunt and its home and very recent eyewitness accounts which come straight from the witnesses themselves. All too often these books lean so much on history and legend that they have no credibility because no living person who has experienced the ghost is consulted. Sometimes however, the pendulum swings the other way and there are numerous accounts from recent eyewitnesses but the ghost or location is given no historical treatment at all. This of course leaves the reader wondering why this ghost haunts the location in question and who might this spirit have been in life. Pascoe, in her first book has accomplished a balance that many veteran ghost authors haven't achieved after numerous books.

It is refreshing indeed to find an author in this genre who takes her work as seriously as this one does. She does not treat this like it is a college literature folklore assignment but instead seems to be very much in tune with her subject.
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I actually purchased this books at the Myrtles Plantation and waited some time to read it. I found the stories eerie, spooky, and memorable. The book entails Louisiana's best known plantations, and also along the back bayous of the state.

Some of the most striking are:

* Rosedown Plantation - is a magnificent 19th century house and gardens. The ghosts who reside here play jokes on tour guides and enjoys walking about his former home.

* Oak Alley Plantation - is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River. The spirits that take up residence here belong to a lady in black who still grieves for her husband.

* Le Petit Versailles - a burnt plantation, whose owner took the loss of his only son so hard that his estate fall to ruins.

* Viala Plantation - another burnt plantation; estate turned restaurant that ultimately caught fire with its original owners still hanging around that grounds.

I greatly enjoyed reading about other plantations in Louisiana and will visit again soon.
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As a lifetime resident of Louisiana, I have long loved the history of my state, as well as the superstitions that never die here. I am especially fascinated by the plantations and the stories of those that lived there. I was quite disappointed by Ms. Pascoe's book, as it completely failed to grab my interest or make my spine tingle. I spent much of the book wondering if the author was sponsored by the plantations, as the book reads like a brochure. Louisiana's plantations are well worth visiting, though some of the best ones with the most fascinating tales are left out of this book. However, I don't need a book of ghost stories to try to sell me on that. I would have enjoyed my read much more if it had focused more on the tales of hauntings and less on the available accomadations.
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