Morris-Israel House

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Also called the House of the Voodoo Ritual, thi Morris-Israel House is an 1868 Victorian mansion that has quite a tale to tell. During a renovation, a small hidden room was discovered, and it contained human bones positioned in what is thought to be a voodoo ritual for keeping away vampires. Orbs and streaks have shown up in photographs here, and it should be noted that this and some other houses along the street have had their front porch ceilings painted sky blue. Why? It was believed that evil spirits passing through would look up and believe that it was daytime, and since the spirits only haunt the living during the night, they would leave the inhabitants alone.

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1331 First St
New Orleans, LA
United States

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29.930480379527687, -90.0806866852501
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
New Orleans, LA (1.7 mi.)
Harvey, LA (1.9 mi.)
Gretna, LA (1.9 mi.)
Marrero, LA (2.5 mi.)
Terrytown, LA (3.2 mi.)
Westwego, LA (4.1 mi.)
Timberlane, LA (4.7 mi.)
Arabi, LA (4.8 mi.)
Jefferson, LA (5.0 mi.)
Woodmere, LA (5.0 mi.)


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  1. We visited 1331 First Street in New Orleans in the beginning of April. It looks like there was an accident on this street and someone knocked down the “One Way” sign on that corner. Coincidentally, we have learned from our tour guide that the house owner recently passed away. This “One Way” sign pointing to the house and towards the sky looked very suspicious and superstitious. I took a picture and wanted to share it with you.

  2. Local NOLA worker  |  

    I have been working in this house for two days now and apparently it’s haunted. I was told about it being haunted after I was done all my work and I never saw or heard anything suspicious. But the house is very beautiful and is one of the few houses left in New Orleans that has been left alone and is still very old inside and out. Such a shame that it is going to be remodeled.

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