Friday, October 26, 2012

Ghosts of Oak Alley Plantation...






Imprint on time, vivid imagination, or do ghosts really haunt our nation’s antebellum mansions?

Take Oak Alley for instance, the very mansion that graces the cover of “Spirit of the Rebellion.” According to witnesses, this plantation home, facing the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana, is a place where supernatural events are commonplace.

The list is endless. Lights turn off and on, and rocking chairs rock by themselves. Unseen hands touch guests and employees alike. Some have heard the mournful sounds of either a woman or a child weeping. A lady in black paces the length of the widow’s walk, and at times, meanders beneath the shade of the mighty oak trees. A man dressed in gray, wearing boots, haunts the kitchen. Many have heard the distinctive clip-clop of horses alongside the sound of approaching wooden wheels. Yet, the phantom carriage never arrives. The pleasant odor of lavender permeates the room that once belonged to the lady of the house. Shadows lurk in the corners. And did I mention the candlestick that flew across the room during a tour?


Speaking of tours, one guest reported visions of a violent encounter between two men of the house and a Confederate soldier. She said the men pushed the soldier over the second story balcony and then dragged his lifeless body over to the river and tossed it in. Then there's the famous photograph taken by a guest while touring the mansion. He took a picture inside the master bedroom, which later revealed a young woman with waist-length, brunette hair, gazing out a set of French doors. Now for those skeptics who point to the dressmaker’s mannequin inside the room as the subject of the shot, please keep in mind, the mannequin is headless...

So tell me, do you believe in ghosts???

Leaving a comment for the Garden Halloween Hop makes you eligible to win a free "Spirit of the Rebellion" E-Book in the format of your choice! Winner's name will be drawn from our Witches hat and posted on this blog November 1st.  So don't forget to check back! The winner will need to contact me...

Don't forget to Trick or Treat at the following blogs!


http://www.miadowning.blogspot.com/
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http://www.maywilliams.com/maypress/
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Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I have so enjoyed reading them and  having you all as part of my Halloween celebrations...

And now... without further ado...

I have taken the name of each person who commented on Oak Alley plantation
for the Haunted Garden Halloween Hop...

Tossed them into our Witches hat...


Stirred gently...

Once again a small little hand reaches in, and pulls out...

Congratulations TORE! You are the winner of  "Spirit of the Rebellion" in the e-format of your choice!



37 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween :)
    Thanks for sharing the post

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thanks Brenda! Happy Halloween to you too!

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  3. I really liked the post. Happy Halloween!


    -Diva J.
    divajeffersonATgmailDOTcom

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  4. I just so enjoyed this story I love ghost stories....Thanks for sharing..

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  5. I do not like ebooks but do reviews only on real books. But thought I would let you know I stopped by.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Only uninformed people consider eBooks "not" real books. eBooks save trees and help unnoticed authors get noticed.

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  6. Awesome...I wanna go visit! Happy B--day.

    Hugs and haunts...
    ~Tanya

    www.tanyahanson.com
    www.goodchristiancowgirl.com

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I'd love to visit too... but only in the daytime!

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  7. Happy Halloween! Enjoyed the post.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Jean! I'm happy you stopped by...

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  8. Happy Halloween. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Your definitely entered! Thanks for the visit!

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  9. Okay, that place is beautiful but I won't ever be visiting. ;-) Happy Halloween.

    Maccrowne@gmail.com

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  10. I love ghost stories!!! One of my favs. I believe in ghosts..Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love ghost stories and yes, I believe in ghosts. loved the post.

    kmnbooks@yahoo.com

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  12. Creepy! While I love ghost stories I'm not sure if I believe in them...though I can't say I'm inclined to do my own ghost hunting to find out!

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    1. I've a fondness for ghost stories myself. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I'm definitely a believer too - which is why the stories scare me so much! I'm kinda sad, but also glad you didn't post the photo of the ghost, otherwise I may not be able to sleep tonight! :)
    clarksnelson at clear.net.nz

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    1. The picture of our ghost is copyrighted, so alas I cannot use it. I saw it on a TV special once and it is interesting. And, it's my understanding that Oak Alley sells a postcard featuring said photograph so...

      Anyway, Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I do believe in ghosts though I really haven't had an experience with one, other than when a friend and I were playing with an Ouija Board.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Now... ouija boards scare me more than ghosts...(shudder) Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Awesome post! Do I believe in ghosts? Hmm . . . I'm not entirely sure, but I love spooky stories. I'm also thrilled that I found your blog because you've got me hook, line and sinker with the book, right down to the Civil War background. Mixing modern day and the Civil War is something I can't get enough of! This one is definitely going on my TBR list!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win

    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

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    1. Your welcome and thank you for your sweet words!

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  16. I absolutely believe in ghosts and would love to visit, and witness, scenes in a haunted place!

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    1. But only in the daytime... Happy Halloween!

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  17. Hi Debbi. Fellow Blog Hopper stopping by to say 'Hi and Happy Halloween. I enjoyed reading your spooky post!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and Happy Halloween to you too!

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  18. I believe in ghosts, through never met one...and hope never would.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Adila (from Azerbaijan)
    adilasblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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