Haunted Plantations of the South
When you hear the word "plantations," most people think of grand homes with pillars and sweeping staircases. These houses of grandeur were located all through the South in the days before the Civil War, and there are some that still resonate with the loveliness they had in their heyday. These majestic homes have a long history, and some of those who lived in these homes re...more
I liked this book so much that I did actually go out and buy a copy for myself. I love the south though it's far from perfect, it's where I grew up and this book shows me all the places I've heard of that's haunted with nice details.
In Haunted Plantations of the South, author Richard Southall describes various plantations from the south (as the title suggests), and the ghost stories connected to them. The book first describes various building styles, which I thought was interesting and a nice touch, and then the book is divided in chapters, a chapter per state: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and so on. Each chapter focuses on a handful ...more
The book is divided into 8 chapters: Intro, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North ...more
This book combines two of my interests, history and the paranormal. Most of the hauntings are of Civil War soldiers, which is where a lot of the history comes into to play. Some of the original plantation owners either played a significant part during the Civil War era (held an office or signed the Declaration of Independence), or were married to women who were related to someone who did.
There was quite a bit of researc ...more
Definitely recommend this book - you will surely enjoy reading it.
---I recieved my copy via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.---
I receive this as an ARC free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love Ghost Hunters (but not Ghost Adventures, those guys are ridiculous and never try to debunk anything and seem to always think the ghost are cussing at them. So stupid). But, anyway, I requested this one because I am interested in ghost stories and architecture as well - especially the various styles described in the book; plantation homes are beautiful.
Each listing includes only the barest details of the alleged hauntings, and the author rarely cites any sources. It is almost as if some of the stories are being taken verbatim from guided tours of the plantations themselves. Th ...more
A thoroughly delightful read about some plantations in the south. I think the author did an excellent job on organizing the plantations by state and obviously put a lot of time, thought, effort, and research into what he chose to share/write. I think the author is a talented writer and would read other publications by him.
BUT.....The title and summary led me to believe I would find a book filled with hauntings. The title is a bit misleading. For each ...more
Haunted Plantations of the South by Richard Southall combines history and paranormal stories. It shares stories of plantations found in the southern states and the stories about the families and the events that happened on them. There are no pictures in the book. If there were it would make a much better book because it would help the reader to see the details that the author was explaining. In the back of the book you'll find which plantations were used in film a ...more
Other reviewers have commented on the academic feel to the book. I must state that I do agree with this assessment, but tend to like books written in that format for non-fictional works. Just note, that it does have a dry feeling to it if you like your "ghost ...more
Richard Southall has written an excellent book. There are some pictures included of the plantations. The author's writing flows. I enjoyed reading it.
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this bo ...more
This book may not be for everyone as some people may find the idea of hauntings silly. However, I enjoyed this book not just for the stories of the ghosts, but I absolutely love knowing the background history of this lovely old homes. I hope Mr. Southall will write more house histories.
You'd probably learn more interesting information from the links in the bibliography. In fact, the bibliography is probably the best thing about the book.
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