If you visit the city of New Orleans, you’re sure to hear the name Jackson Square from one of the locals. This 2-block area, bounded by Decatur, St. Peter, St. Ann and Chartres Streets, has been a landmark in New Orleans since the early 18th century. In those days, when NOLA was still a French colony, it was called the Place d’Armes, or the “weapons’ square.” However, after the Battle of New Orleans, the plaza was renamed Jackson Square after the triumphant General Jackson. In this beautiful and historical square, several other key locations, such as Pirates’ Alley and Le Petit Theatre, are located. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s known for its share of ghost stories and spooky happenings.

Jackson Square’s Ghosts & Dark Past

While Jackson Square is a historic landmark, it still holds its share of dark history. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, when America was still in support of public executions, the square was an execution ground where criminals and, unfortunately, rebellious slaves were hanged. These executions, in additions to the haunted landmarks and deaths in the surrounding areas, have turned this former arsenal into a paranormal gathering place. The ghosts manifest themselves often, typically as figures, floating lights and sometimes smells. One spirit in particular, of an 18th-century priest, can sometimes be heard chanting the Kyrie.

Jackson Square, or the Place d’Armes, is a location commonly visited on Witches Brew’s ghost tours. While walking through the square, whether you’re alone or in a group of people, you’re sure to feel the eyes of the dead staring at you as you explore their stomping ground. Some of these spirits may be the victims of the yellow fever epidemic of the 19th century. Other gazers may be dwellers of the famous Pirates Alley or some of the inhabitants of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Regardless, the eyes of the dead follow the living in Jackson Square. Take your tour today and experience the dark side of New Orleans.