Old State Capitol
Today was a touristy day in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville, about 45 minutes away. Rumor was that the Old State Capitol buidling in downtown Baton Rouge was beautiful and had a ghost story on top of that.
Old State Capitol entrance
The building looks like a gothic castle from the outside complete with lion guards. The surrounding garden area used to be a social gathering area back in its day. The castle was at one point taken over by yankee soldiers and accidently burned down. This whole story is told in a very interesting video by a "ghost" of the castle. It has quite a history to include one of its leaders being assasinated which remains an unsolved mystery. The inside is indeed gorgeous with a stained glass ceiling and spiral staircase. It is a popular place to have weddings now.
stained glass ceiling
upstairs in Old State Capitol
They have an audio tour but the workers gave us a map that did not coincide with the audio tour so we only got half an idea of what was going on since we were always looking at the wrong thing.
Louisiana Door handle
Curt noticed that the building even had its own door handle with Louisiana written right on it.
It seemed that the further you got the more interesting the building looked but eventually we were hungry and walked to the nearby casino for lunch.
Our new travel theme seems to be activity, rest, activity so it was late afternoon before we left for St. Francisville. It is the second oldest town in Lousiana and home to one of the most haunted houses in the nation - Myrtles Plantation.
It is an antebellum home builtin 1796 with a carraige house restuarant and shop.
We had a delicious dinner - Curt said it was the best bread pudding ever - before going on our mystery tour of the house. The guide told us stories of the house, mostly that were related by guests staying at the B&B.
Apparently there is a four month wait to stay in one of their haunted rooms. Supposedly the smudges on this mirror resemble a face and hand print. It has been resilvered multiple times and each time the same smudges reapear. Most of the ghosts sound nice but some of them cause a raucous that sounds like a party is going on in the living room so I'm not sure you would get the greatest nights sleep.