Ben and I stayed at the Prytania Inn way back in October of 2004 on our second trip to New Orleans. Now known as the Prytania Parks Hotel in the Garden District. The hotel was physically divided into 2 parts and guests were only allowed to stay in the one part. We found out WHY after one day/night there.
Because New Orleans is so old, many buildings are from the 1700-1800s. There is an extensive history to all of them. The Prytania was built around 1850 in the Greek Revival style. It’s very close to the St. Charles streetcar line.
Our suite had a kitchenette, a small living area, and the bedroom was up a winding metal staircase. The day we were first registered in it, we went for a walk around the Garden District and had lunch and then came back to the room. I believe we were on the second floor and when we went up the outside steps to get to the room, you had to pass by that area. When I was across from the shutdown half of the hotel, I had an overwhelming feeling of dread and despair; plus I detected some violent energies contained in the shut-up rooms. It was awful.
I had to have a nap so I went up the staircase to the bed. The stairs make a noise when you go up; because they are metal and also depending on how heavy you are. Ben wanted to lay on the sofa and read a book he had.
After napping for about an hour I was shaken by a hand on my thigh. I also heard a male voice saying “Get up!”. The shake was quite vigorous and I was pissed off that Ben had woken me up. When I opened my eyes, no one was there. I got out of bed and looked over the railing and Ben was actually sleeping on the sofa with the book on his chest. If he had snuck up to shake my leg and then tried to run down the winding metal staircase, it would have made a huge noise because he is a large man. There wouldn’t have been enough time for him to lay down and pretend he was asleep and didn’t do anything. Really, if Ben wanted me to wake up, he would’ve just yelled my name.
Later on, we talked to a young African-American girl on the front desk and I told her what happened and asked if the hotel was haunted and why the other side of the hotel was never rented. She was horrified about my experience and said the part we were staying in was the bordello area and the other half that was unrentable (apparently the whole hotel is rented nowadays) was the slave quarters, where horrible things had occurred. That area probably contained a lot of paranormal activity and residual energy because of the trauma and abuse that went on.
So I surmised that when I was asleep, the “proprietor of the bordello” had come in to shake my leg and tell me to get up and go back to work. Some spirits that haven’t crossed over are still doing what they think is their job, even after death. We would have liked to go into some of the rooms on the slave quarter side to see what spirits were residing there, but alas, could not do that.
If there is anyone out there who has a story about this establishment, or any other haunted hotels/B&B’s in New Orleans, please contact us!!
We are collaborating with Edmonton-based author Rhonda Parrish on a book about paranormal events and haunted places in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada!!!
The Paranormal Explorers are very excited and want to be the paranormal ambassadors for Edmonton.
It’s amazing how rich the history is here and how many places really are haunted.
We are encouraging anyone who has had a paranormal experience at a place or building in Edmonton, to share their story with us for the book. You can contact either us or Rhonda Parrish on her website. Here is the link to it: http://www.rhondaparrish.com/eerie-edmonton/
A person has to die on a piece of land or in a certain building in order for their spirit to haunt it – NOT TRUE!!!
This is such a huge myth and major misconception.
Spirits do not have the space and time restrictions that we do (quantum physics, baby!). The inside of your house could look like the inside of your house or the Serengeti Plains to them. Their dimensional plane is not OUR dimensional universe, although, they have the ability to come in and out of it.
Sometimes a house, a room or a piece of furniture looks like something they used to have when they were alive; thus the attraction.
Other reasons are:
They are enjoying whatever kind of activity is taking place;
A particular person’s energy is drawing them to that person.
The Paranormal Explorers have been to some historical sites where murder or a tragic event has taken place. I have noticed that the spirit of the person who has befallen the misfortune is not always present in the building or surrounding area. They have crossed over and are not there. However, other spirits might be present who had nothing whatsoever to do with the tragic event or even the historical period it happened in. Odd, you say??? Not really.
What might look like a decaying abandoned building to us, could appear totally different to spirit in their dimension
There is no law in the universe that states you have to “haunt” the place where you died. Quite possibly, most spirits can’t wait to get the hell away from where all the nasty stuff happened.
A murder, a battle or certain suicides can attract negative spirits who never participated in any of the events, but are feeding off the attention, fear, and horror the living are giving. The residual energy that is still there is an attractant too.
We had a case where a woman thought her husband, who had taken his own life, was stuck in the house and wasn’t crossing over. It turned out her husband had crossed over immediately and the spirit that was in the house was actually a poor woman who had Alzheimers and didn’t know where she was or what was happening to her.
Not sure why the lady with Alzheimers was in this person’s house – we’ll never know, but that is just one example of thinking that the person who died in the house, is haunting the house. (The Alzheimer spirit did get helped over so she is okay – just so you know)