The spooky, iconic landmark also has one of the most horrifying backstories.
Many local tour guides point to the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter as the most haunted house in New Orleans. The spooky, iconic landmark also has one of the most horrifying backstories.
The tale of Madame Delphine LaLaurie has grown into one of the city’s most popular local legends over the years. LaLaurie’s alleged “torture chamber” has even been depicted as a major story line in season three of the Ryan Murphy-created anthology series “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Bond Ruggles, business manager and tour guide at Witches Brew Tours, said the haunted hot spot is “definitely the number one most desired place to see” on their haunted tours. The infamous mansion sits at the corner of Royal Street and Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter.
Ruggles said LaLaurie is known to have tortured and murdered her slaves, which was only discovered after a house fire revealed the horrors in 1834.
The origin of the ghostly tale began in 1831, when LaLaurie, her two daughters and her husband, Dr. Louis LaLaurie, moved to the Creole mansion. Following a fire in the mansion’s kitchen, the horrors of the home were revealed.
The stories say that behind a barred door in the attic was a torture chamber for those enslaved. Many stories detail the cruelty involved including chained, tortured and mutilated slaves.
LaLaurie later fled to Paris, believed to be run from town by an outraged mob. Tales of lingering spirits are said to haunt the grounds. Others say the ghost of Delphine LaLaurie herself haunts the mansion.
The LaLaurie Mansion remains an iconic, New Orleans landmark. However, you most likely won’t get a peek inside this private residence. However, most haunted tours in the area include this stop. You can also venture there yourself.