The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House
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The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America's Most Haunted House

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Broken clocks tick...beds rise in the air...paintings fly across the room...locked doors fling open...crystal chandeliers shake...heavy footsteps and eerie piano music sound in the dead of night-and that's just for starters. Welcome to the Myrtles Long recognized as America's most haunted house both by parapsychologists and the media, The Myrtles is a twenty-eight-room Lou...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing
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Ms. J Johnson
This book was very disappointing. As a Louisiana resident who has visited The Myrtles on several occasions and stayed the night there three times, I was hoping to find more historical information about the plantation. Despite claims that she did extensive research on The Myrtles, very little of this information is mentioned in her book. In fact, Kermeen is decidedly vague about any verifiable historical facts. She gives more historical background on a few other locations in St. Francisville, whi...more
Susan Kelley
I was fully prepared not to like this book. I attempted to read another "true story" of living in a haunted home. I couldn't finish the other book, it was filled with too much spiritual mumb-jumbo. But enough about that book!

The Myrtles Plantation read like a novel, which, for me, is the saving grace of non-fiction. I felt Frances' excitement at finding and buying the plantation. I was overjoyed with her when she opened The Myrtles up as an inn. And I felt her pain, fear and sorrow as the house...more
Lara
What a complete and utter load of crap.

I wanted to re-read The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice, but it's not available for Kindle (booo) and ended up down a gothicy ghosty Louisiana book path and came across this one.

I've heard some of the ghost stories about this plantation and I do love a good ghost story. I want to believe in ghosts. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't. I wanted to believe former slaves were haunting this centuries old plantation house - ooooh, creepy awesomeness.

But. The auth...more
Amy
Jul 01, 2013 Amy added it
Shelves: 2013, ad-paranormal
Poorly written, as seems to be the norm with these "true haunting" books. The author says that everything is 100% true, which I find super-hard to believe...I'm sorry, I just can't get behind the idea of a painting that cries real tears. She also makes some really far-fetched and tenuous connections - like taking a pretty vague paranormal event and attributing it to a particular deceased person. With all it's faults, I still got a decent amount of enjoyment out of this book. Even if they're far-...more
Donna
I really liked this book. The following is a review that I read that made me decide to read this book, it is copied and pasted as follows:

Being just a little skeptical of The Myrtles I mainly picked up this book because I very much enjoyed this author's previous book filled with ghost accounts from across the country. Now that I have read this book which is written with such sincere conviction and forthright honesty I am convinced that The Myrtles is indeed a very haunted place.

Frances Kermeen...more
hythlae
This is a must-read for any fan of ghost stories. Kermeen kept me enthralled, amazed, spooked, and wondering for the entire length of the book. It's been years since any book or movie kept me awake at night, jumping at shadows, but Kermeen succeeded.

It doesn't really matter whether you believe that these experiences really happened or whether Kermeen is one of those hippy types who talks to fairies in her backyard or whether she's just plain lying. This is a book full of classic hauntings. Step...more
Cindy
I flew through this book yesterday and found it to be quite a story!

Are the things that Kermeen described true, did they really happen? I can find no explanation for her to put a story such as this out there for the public to criticize if it wasn't true. Could she have done it for the money? Yes of course, but it seems like she had enough money to begin with. Why anyone would subject themselves to public scrutiny just for monetary gain? I know it happens all the time, but in this case....I'm ju...more
Morgan
Feb 14, 2012 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To anyone that likes paranormal stories
This is an account of the authors experience at the plantation / bed and breakfast that spans the ten years that her and her husband owned it. She tells of the events that seemed to draw her to the plantation to the effects that it had on her friends and family. The experiences range from the merely strange to the terrifyingly sinister.

The author does not really try to convert readers to believe in the supernatural; instead she states in the beginning of the book that these are her experiences...more
Emily
It was an interesting read, but so much of it is obvious bullshit - it is best just read as a ghost story.
Ma
Absolute nonsense presented as fact, badly written and full of inconsistencies. A waste of 20p
Tina
Sure makes you think twice about ghost being a part of our world I do believe.
Corley
Me and some friends have been planning a trip to The Myrtles for over two years, hoping to go sometime after we've all turned eighteen. My sister, knowing I am not one for hardly anything scary, decided I might want to read this and maybe I would change my mind. I can't say if I have or not, but this was still an fairly interesting read.

The story of Frances Keerman's time at the plantation was a mixture of joy and sorrow, and though slow at times, it was a book that I read when I had nothing re...more
Corey
I am a big plantation nut and last January I stayed for a night at the Myrtles on a whim. I wanted to mostly because it is one of the few plantations that allows you to actually stay in a room IN the plantation, where most have you in a cottage on the grounds. Ghosts also have always intrigued me along with hauntings so it gave the Myrtles that extra edge over the few other plantations that I was considering.

Before I went to the Myrtles I did my research and found out the 'true' stories versus...more
Todd
The Myrtles Plantation, built around 1796 by General David Bradford, is America’s most haunted house. So say the legends. Frances Kermeen, a former owner of the plantation as well as the person who converted it into a bed and breakfast, writes of her experiences as owner of the legendary antebellum house in “The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House.”

The book is readable for the most part, but simply doesn’t work as either memoir or paranormal investigation reporting...more
Dani Peloquin
The Myrtles Plantation is an actual plantation located in Louisiana that has had a documented history of being haunted almost since it was built in the late 1700s. Frances and her husband Jim bought the plantation while on vacation in the 1980s. Since the first time they set foot on the premise, Frances knew that there was something wrong with the house. Yet, they still went through with the purchase and eventually opened the house to the public as a bed and breakfast. From the first night, Fran...more
Michelle DePaepe
This was an interesting read even if it did leave a lot of unanswered questions. Although I am a believer in the paranormal, some of the ghostly encounters did seem over the top and had me scratching my head thinking, really? because they seemed like something out of a script for a movie written for an optimal visual impact and story line. It is notable that SyFy's Ghost Hunters team once visited the plantation and encountered enough spooky events to call it "one of the most haunted places in Am...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
This is one of the best ghost stories I have read in a while!
It had always been one of Frances' dreams to own and run an inn. While on vacation with her boyfriend she finds out that the myrtles is on the market! There's only one thing that would stop Frances from owning the plantation of her dreams, she needs to be married.
This book is much more than a ghost story! The betrayals this woman faced were horrible. Not only was she dealing with horrifying things on the supernatural level but she was...more
Nikki Haskell
I thought the book would of had a bit more history to it then it did. I did think it was unbelievable with a lot of what she said but then again i have never seen a ghost myself
BookActivist
I liked this book, however it was not a scary as I assumed it was going to be. There were some scary parts, but nothing that had me running in terror from the book. I did however, feel myself being pulled to the Myrtles Plantation, I wanted to visit it, to see the beauty of it, to know the history. I felt sorry for the woman and her family, which fell apart around her. Writing was a little jagged and took me a few days to get thru the book. About halfway thru the book, I began to get mad at the...more
Sandy
Aug 15, 2008 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandy by: Paranormal Book of the Month Club
Although this is a non-fiction book it reads like a novel. It begins with VooDoo and runs the gamut through love story, historical story and into the ghostly. Very well written, Frances Kermeen takes you with her through the years and all the events that happened around her. Her style is down-home and she makes you feel at home in her life.

The happenings surrounding the Myrtles begins innocently enough but progresses to harmful and dangerous events. If you like a good ghost story you will love t...more
Shay
The Myrtles Plantation has been an interest of mine since the "Unsolved Mysteries" days with Robert Stack. The history of the property is so dark and mysterious and it seems that every family that has owned it experiences a betrayal, tragedy or both... I only wish this book went more into its rich history and less about her drama with her cheating husband, and the townspeople. The writer jumped around a lot and didn't really tell "the truth" about the Myrtles Plantation. There wasn't a lot of pa...more
Jeremiah
By far, one of the best books I have ever read. Although this is a true account by Frances Kermeen of her stay at the Myrtles Plantation, it reads like a fantastic fiction novel. Which leads me to feel a deep swell of pity for her given some of the situations that becomes the norm for her.

This book is great as the title suggests that it's going to be intense and thick with terror, however this is not the case. It does give you a scare every now and then, but nothing too harsh as to keep you up...more
Kristen
Somehow I have let a friend talk me into visiting The Myrtles soon and it sounds like it may be scary. The stories in this book were very scary to imagine, but after looking more information up on the internet...I wonder how many are actually true. There's a lot of differing opinions on events that did or did not happen at this plantation. Irregardless, I think everyone agrees it is a place with lots of spiritual energy and that some ghosts are there. Wish me luck on my stay there next month!
Kathy
I was very disappointed with this book. I had heard so much about The Myrtles Plantation and it's haunted history. I even saw an episode of Ghost Hunters on the SyFy channel, that showed an investigation of the plantation to see if there was indeed a haunting going on. The story was really interesting and perhaps if the writing had been better, the book would've been better. But for a place so overflowing with paranormal events, I was bored with the book. Very sad!
aksnowbunny Proden
Oct 01, 2007 aksnowbunny Proden rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ghost lovers
Shelves: ghoststories
It was a pretty good ghost story. I got frustrated sometimes because she would be told not to do one thing, and the she'd go home and do it. but it was more human and real than other ghost stories where they are just out to terrify you even if it's not the truth. She writes about how it affected her life and those around her and how she has moved on since. if any of you have had ghostly encounters, you can relate with her emotions, fear and love, and terror all at once.
Tara
This book is a favorite of mine. It is based on a lady who lived for 10 years in america's most haunted bed and breakfast. It takes you through 10 years of history and hauntings. I was so mesmirized by this book I took an 8 hour trip to the bed and breakfast in St. Francesville Louisianna and actually spent the night in the house. If I didn't believe in ghost, I do now. Not only did I hear so much activity, I have pictures. It is a great scary read. Loved it.
Jaimie Thompson
Ok. The beginning was good and really spooky up until the last part of the book. Then it just became sad and depressing. Interesting facts about the house and the ghosts that live there. Being from Louisiana I found the attempt at imitating southern accents much like a lot of movies to be poor and a bit annoying. I've lived here all my life and not known anyone to sound like they came straight out of Gone With the Wind.
Bex
I've read this before, but I wanted to reread it. I remember it scaring the crap out of me the first time LOL. Lets see how I fare this time! haha.

12 May 2011

Dude, I forgot how horrific this book ends. Those last few chapters are just one horror after another, and it's not even paranormal activity! That being said though, it's a great book, and I wonder what Frances is doing now, and who owns the Myrtles now.
Deathmetalroze
Since I have actually been to the Myrtles Plantation, I had certain expectations for this book and found myself a little disappointed. It is more about one woman's struggle/descent into madness/relationship problems more than the hauntings and one of my friends pointed out that the use of dialect was ridiculous. Still a fun read though. This was what they'd call a "beach book."
Amy
I did enjoy those book - I'm a sucker for a good ghost story and this did fill that requirement.

However, as it is non-fiction and touted as a true story, I got a little bit frustrated by the way the author would state a rumor as a fact, later change it for an actually verified historical fact before reverting to referring to the rumor.

Overall, though, it was a good read.
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