I want to first tell you a story before I tell this printed story. My wife and I spent the night at the Myrtles in the upstairs in what is known as the VooDoo room (better known as the William Winter's room). I knew the stories plus I knew the facts but I still wanted to believe. My wife had heard and wanted to believe the stories and she just wanted to believe. I have taken my students on field trips to the Myrtles yearly; have photos to show and stories to tell. I even did a webquest for Nelson elementary on three of my plantation trips.
The below paper it the authentic story of the Myrtles, stories they tell to their guests and stories that are factual. You decide which stories you are going to tell in class. This story comes from their own website and from the magazine LouisianaLife.
On our trip and night at the Myrtles we both loved, did the late night tour, sat up late that evening visiting with a teacher and her new husband, piqued into the next door room, and ate at the on-site restaurant the next morning, sot lots of photos of areas not seen by regular visitors but never felt anything, heard anything, or experienced anything.
I printed out ONE classroom set for each student and plus a few extras just because I always had students who wanted to take it home for mom or dad to read. I never 'preached' ghosts but I always told the story of the Myrtles. Most plantation home during this era had ghost stories they told. They all had deaths and there were no 'funeral' homes at the time. Home WAS where they keep the body until it was buried. The Myrtles has always been the most famous or the - 13th Most Haunted Home in the United States – as the sign used to say.
I wrote a few questions that I used thru the years in my own classes but you are welcome to write your own. You believe what you want. I believe one thing, teacher another. My wife believes another and expected to be scared. My students believe another – my white students believe more of the FACTS, my black students more of the SPIRITUAL stories. You believe what you want. Have fun with this one, I always have.