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Published: June 26th 2019
I knew that the American Queen had Hop On Hop Off buses at all stops along the river. What I didn’t know was that they brought their own to every stop. Three branded buses follow the boat (it is a boat not a ship) wherever it goes to provide this service. It’s a pretty slick operation.
Our first stop this morning was an example of a small mid western town, with churches, Town Hall, Courthouse and very pretty houses lining the streets. We’re still in Louisiana.
The highlight was a visit to The Myrtles Plantation and a guided tour through what is purported to be the largest haunted house in the south. The whole experience was made more real with actors in costume telling their tales in each room. It is all Chloe the house slave’s fault. The Master saw her in the fields, fell in love with her and brought her into the house. She was jealous of his wife and became an eavesdropper, knowledge is power. When caught she had her ear cut off and sent back to the fields. Somehow she manages to poison the mistress of the house by baking a cake laced with liquid
from Oleander leaves which as you know are poisonous. She only meant to make them sick so she could nurse them back to health and so make her way back into the house. Unfortunately she had no idea of quantities and the mistress and her two younger children died after eating the cake.
She was tried, hanged and her body thrown into the river in order that her spirit couldn’t come back. But it did. The mirror is has outlines, baby finger and foot prints in it and have a look at the photo taken for insurance purposes. No people were meant to be in them but when enlarged outlines and shadows of people can be seen. The insurance application was rejected because of this.
So that was our first morning ashore. Now we’re off to Natchez.
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