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Louisiana's Haunted Plantations Paperback – August, 2004
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About the Author
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, Louisianas 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like reading ghost stories, but do so in the daytime not too much at night!!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Super good ! Just what I wanted to read ! Love the personal history . The stories are intriguing . Helps understand and ties into the ghostly parts . Very good book.Published on July 13, 2014 by Jennifer Paul
Just returned from visiting a plantation on the Mississippi. So interesting to learn the history of the plantations.
Interesting reading. Have bought two books for gifts.
A perfect read if you are interested in the paranormal.
A great book to read if you are planning a trip to Louisiana..
I vastly enjoyed the history and ghost stories contained in this book. It inspired us to add on Rosedown Plantation to our trip through the area to visit Myrtles Plantation. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Sarah L. Gruwell