Haunting of the Octoroon Mistress

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An Octoroon was someone that was 1/8 black, 7/8 white. The Octoroon in this story was named Julie, and she lived here in 1850. The beautiful Julie fell in love with a wealthy Frenchman, but he would not marry her because of her lower social status. When she wouldn’t drop the subject, he told her he would give her a test. He told her that if she really loved him, she should go to the rooftop, strip naked, and wait for him to join her. Then he went to entertain some guests and play cards. She immediately did as he asked, but he forgot about here until much later. When he went to the rooftop to find her, he found her body, curled up in a corner and frozen to death. Some accounts say he was extremely upset about what he had done, and died of a broken heart shortly thereafter. Julie’s ghost has been reported pacing on the rooftop on cold December nights. She has also been seen throughout the house, but is surprisingly a cheerful, giggling ghost. The Frenchman’s apparition, a somber form, has been seen in the garden. The site is now reported to be occupied by Bottom of the Cup Tea Room & Psychic Readings.

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734 Royal St
New Orleans, LA
United States

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29.958544, -90.064032
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
New Orleans, LA (0.7 mi.)
Gretna, LA (3.1 mi.)
Arabi, LA (3.5 mi.)
Terrytown, LA (3.8 mi.)
Harvey, LA (3.9 mi.)
Marrero, LA (4.6 mi.)
Jefferson, LA (5.4 mi.)
Metairie, LA (5.6 mi.)
Timberlane, LA (5.9 mi.)
Westwego, LA (5.9 mi.)


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  1. We stayed here for 4 nights. We had several experiences…my wife awoke with scratches down her right arm. As for me something the same night grabbed a part of my body that I rather not say but would not let go. We had no idea where we was staying we found it on VRBO and unaware of the past of this property. As we sat out on the veranda we kept seeing a ghost tour and they would stop with groups of people every day and night in front of our house so we took the tour. To our surprise, they said it was the next stop on the tour and told us the story of this place we were staying at. It was very hard to stay there the rest of our vacation. We investigated the property and was surprised it one of top 10 haunted houses in the US. It makes for a good story but will do our research more in depth when going to stay in the homes we rent when we go to New Orleans.

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