Countless locations throughout New Orleans are rife with spirits and the paranormal. One of these sites that stands out is the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. Although there is also a second and third cemetery, this particular one is infamous for its history and shocking events.
In 1789, the first Saint Louis Cemetery was opened. Its sole purpose was to replace the Saint Peter Cemetery, which is no longer existent today. It became the city’s new central burial ground, where many remains were laid to rest in the coming years. These deceased ranged anywhere from wealthy proprietors to paupers, and also included Marie Laveau, the famous Voodoo Queen. Even today, prominent people wish to lay claim to a resting place in the cemetery, including actor Nicolas Cage, who purchased a pyramid-shaped tomb there in 2010.
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The history of the cemetery is captivating in itself, but that’s not its only unique trait. Many consider it to be one of the most haunted catacombs in America. Guests commonly see a man named Henry Vignes, a nomad sailor in the nineteenth century. Sometimes seen wandering the graveyard, his melancholy spirit seeks his family tomb, stolen from him shortly before his unfortunate demise.
Another revenant, known as the Ghostly Alphonse, also traverses the land in search of something. Many reports say his spirit occasionally stops visitors by taking their hand and pulling them aside. Then, with a broad, toothy grin, he’ll ask the tourist to take him home and then wither away. Guests sometimes report seeing Alphonse’s seemingly kind-hearted soul removing the flowers and gifts from other graves and placing them on his tomb. In addition to these two lost souls, hundreds of others roam the land, frightening numerous guests through their ultimate resting sites.
Although it was once a location accessible to outsiders, the city sealed the Saint Louis Cemetery to the public in 2015 due to a sharp rise in vandalism in the area. However, those lucky enough to book a ghost tour in the cemetery are still granted access and allowed the privilege of walking through the historic land that has rested within New Orleans for hundreds of years. Those with the fascination and enthusiasm for the supernatural attend these tours. They grant them the chance to experience a run-in with the dead occupants.