Haunted Places in the Lafayette, LA Area

Haunted places – fact, legend, lore – they exist. There are many places in the Lafayette area said to be haunted. Several are private so they will have to remain in the lore category. Yet many are open for touring or visiting to find out what lies within the spaces.

T'Frere's House

Today T'Frere's is a boutique bed and breakfast serving visitors to Lafayette. Yet over its more than 100-year history, the house has been a family home. One such family was a young couple and when the husband died at a young age, the wife stayed in the home. Amelie was a school teacher and a parishioner of the local Catholic Church. One day while at the well, Amelie was either pushed or accidently fell into the pit. While no one knows exactly what happened, the church ruled her death as a suicide. Because of this ruling, Amelie was unable to be buried next to her husband and was laid to rest outside the Catholic cemetery. Amelie, wearing a rose-colored dress, is seen throughout the house and in the garden. While Amelie is generally mild mannered – turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors and rattling pots in the kitchen; she can get agitated. If hymns are played on the piano, she may splatter wax showing her anger with the church for ruling her death a suicide.

Chretien Point Plantation

"I'll see your hundred and raise you twenty." Overnight guests at Chretien Point Plantation in Sunset say they hear this whispered in their ear. It is said to be Madame Felicité Chretien the husky-voiced poker player and plantation owner in the 1800s. She was a strong-willed woman who enjoyed poker games and a good smoke. After her husband's death, she managed the plantation and protected it against bandits. Madame Chretien killed a burglar on the stairs and it is said the bloodstain is still visible.

Marland's Bridge

In the early 1900s a young woman was on her way to be married near Sunset. She never arrived at church and the congregation went in search of her. Coming to Marland's Bridge, near Chretien Point Plantation, they spotted her horse and buggy. They soon found her body in Bayou Bourbeau near the bridge. Some people have said when crossing the bridge their radios go off and on. Some have also seen a girl dressed in white hovering over the bridge. Others have said if you park near the bridge and turn your car off, the girl will come to visit.

Shadows on the Teche

The New Iberia home built in the 1830s by sugarcane planter David Weeks remained in the family until the late 1950s. The last owner, William Weeks Hall willed the home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mary Weeks and her husband John Moore were outspoken proponents of slavery and their home became vulnerable during the Civil War. Mary died in 1863 at home while union troops occupied part of Shadows on the Teche. It is reported that Mary appears as a misty figure and voices and footsteps can be heard on the upper floor and attic.

Harris Hall

A friendly ghost is said to walk the halls of Harris Hall, a girls' dorm on the UL Lafayette campus. A supposedly un-working elevator fell and decapitated a young student. While the elevator has been sealed and closed off, it is said there is an energy or presence when you walk by. The ghost helps the residents find lost items by placing them where they can be seen.

John & Laurie Rials are full-time RVers with Cajun heritage from South Louisiana who now consider the Lafayette area to be home base. You can read their blogs at rvcajuncooking.com and travel.cajunville.com.