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New Orleans Ghost History Facts

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New Orleans is a city with a rich history, and that history includes a variety of ghost stories and legends. Some of the most famous ghost stories in New Orleans involve the city’s cemeteries, which is known for their above-ground tombs and mausoleums. Keep reading to learn about some New Orleans ghost history facts. 

3 New Orleans Ghost History Facts You Didn’t Know

Haunted Pharmacy 

A famous ghost story from the French Quarter is that of the “Haunted Pharmacy.” The pharmacy was opened in the early 1800s by Louis Dufilho Jr. Dufilho ran the pharmacy for about 3 decades before he sold it to Dr. James Dupas. Gossip ran rampant and Dr. Dupas was doing unethical and illegal experiments on patients. People report that they saw patients enter the pharmacy and never leave. Today, the pharmacy has been restored to how it looked when Dufilho owned it but of course, is haunted by the victims of Dr. Dupas. Some visitors have reported seeing ghostly apparitions of a pharmacist and hearing strange noises coming from the pharmacy’s basement.

Underground Vampire Bars

When you hear New Orleans you may not immediately think of vampires, but the city has a bit of history with the creatures of the night. There’s the famous Anne Rice novel Interview with a Vampire and there’s a pub called Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub that has a speakeasy upstairs. The password? The vampire sent me. There’s also a bar called The Dungeon, and while it isn’t necessarily vampiric it’s very gothic. 

The Storyville District

New Orleans previously had a version of a Red Light District and it was called Storyville. The Storyville District was an area of the French Quarter in New Orleans that was infamous for its wild parties, foreign intrigue, and mass murder. Located behind the French Quarter on and around Basin St., the Storyville District operated from the late 1800s to the very early 1900s. Almost all of the buildings were demolished in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Only 3 buildings are left today.

Learn More New Orleans Ghost History Facts on a Unique NOLA Tours 

All of our tours are thoroughly researched to make sure that we give you the most historically accurate information possible. We work hard to provide you with New Orleans ghost history facts you can take home and share with your family and friends. We’ve got several New Orleans ghost tour options available. If you’re looking to take a tour and have a drink, consider our Lewd Spirits Tour. If you’re visiting the city with your family and your kids, try our Spooky Family Ghost Tour. The options are endless with Unique Nola, book a tour today!