The Myrtles Plantation & Oleander Poisoning (Angola Prison Reprise)

I finally made it to the Angola Prison Rodeo this past October.  It was absolutely amazing.

About three-quarters into the two-hour drive from New Orleans, somewhere in St. Francisville, I saw a sign for the Myrtles Plantation.

“What’s that?” I asked Adrienne.

“You don’t know about that place?  It’s haunted, and it’s a bed and breakfast,” she said.  “You can stay there.”

She went on to tell me the story of Chloe, the most famous ghost said to haunt the estate.

In 1817, the Myrtles Plantation was owned by Judge Clark Woodruff and his wife Sarah who resided there with their two young daughters.  One evening, a household servant named Chloe was caught eavesdropping on Clark’s business dealings, and this wasn’t the first time.  As punishment, the Judge cut off one of Chloe’s ears.

Chloe feared further punishment of being sent to the fields to work with the rest of the slaves.  She devised a plan to bake a cake poisoned with oleander leaves for the Woodruff’s.  Once the family became sick, she would redeem herself by nursing them back to health.

Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants in the world and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which are deadly to people, especially young children.  Reactions to oleander poisoning are evident quickly, and ingestion can cause both gastrointestinal effects (nausea and vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, and diarrhea that may or may not contain blood) and cardiac effects (irregular or erratic heart rate).  Extremities may become pale and cold due to poor or irregular circulation, and the central nervous system may also be affected.  (These symptoms can include drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death.)

Unfortunately for everyone, Chloe’s plan backfired.  Only Sarah and her daughters ate the cake, and in a matter of hours all three were dead.  The other slaves, afraid that Clark would punish them for harboring Chloe, beat her, hanged her, and finally drowned her in the Mississippi River.

Since her death, the ghost of Chloe has reportedly been spotted at the Myrtles.  Although historical record does not support the story of Chloe and the Woodruff girls, it is the most popular tale among visitors and employees.

There are more murders said to have taken place at this historic building since its construction in 1796, all resulting in paranormal activity still taking place to this day.  Additionally, it is believed that the house was built over an Indian burial ground, and the ghost of an Indian girl is said to roam the plantation.

In any case, I plan on going to the rodeo again, and when I do, I will stay a night at the Myrtles Plantation.

Myrtles Plantation (above), Oleander (below)

5 Responses to “The Myrtles Plantation & Oleander Poisoning (Angola Prison Reprise)”

  1. The Myrtles Plantation Says:

    Thank you so much for visiting The Myrtles Plantation. We look forward to seeing you next Fall! -Myrtles Staff

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  3. scott norton Says:

    i went to a goodwill here in NJ last week and saw a pic of a women from the 1800s.it was a rather large pic and i did not get it.All night long I thought about it and could not sleep until the next day I had to go back and get the pic. i hung it on my wall and last night i was watching a TV program about the Myrtles and there was my pic on your wall.Now I know her name is Sarah but still dont know how she got to NJ and why she wanted me to bring her home.

  4. ashley Says:

    it turnes out that cloe was never a slave at the plantation a guy who was a family member reseached the slave records and the has never been a slave at the myrtils plantation i am positive

  5. ashley Says:

    it turnes out that cloe was never a slave at the plantation a guy who was a family member reseached the slave records and the has never been a slave named cloe or cleo at the myrtils plantation i am positive

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