Rosedown Plantations, Louisiana


Down the road from the more productive Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana is the place you’ll locate, the pulchritudinous estate and large greenery enclosures of Rosedown. An enticing back road of live oaks and beautiful patio nurseries showcase the beautiful neoclassical Doric segmented exterior developed by Wendall Wright from cypress and cedar trees specifically from the grounds encompassing the manor. It’s no big surprise the pleasant estate has caught the heart of no less than one old inhabitant who declines to clear out.


Daniel and Martha Turnbull initially charged the house in 1834– however, it wasn’t the main estate with binds to the Turnbulls. (Daniel Turnbull additionally worked Styopa, Catalpa, Middleplace, Hazelwood, Grove, Inheritance, Woodlawn and De Soto.) Construction on Rosedown estate was finished in May 1835. They named the house Rose Down, which later got to be Rosedown, after a play the Turnbulls had found in Europe while on their wedding trip. The wedding trip in Europe would likewise impact Martha Turnbull’s energy for cultivating and she required the incredible push to imitate the formal greenery enclosures she’d found in France and Italy. So awesome was her obsession for cultivating, she even kept a point by point diary of her undertakings as she extended her greenery enclosures to envelop a range that would add up to roughly 28 sections of land of secretly kept up formal patio nurseries.



The Turnbulls had three children– William B., Sarah, and James Daniel. James, the youngest kid, conceived on August 2, 1836, kicked the bucket in 1843 in the wake of contracting yellow fever. Their eldest child, William, was conceived on August 8, 1829. Tragically, he excessively passed on, suffocating in the Mississippi River on November 11, 1856, on an excursion amongst Rosedown and De Soto when the steamboat Bella Donna overturned his boat. William left behind his better half, Caroline Stanwick “Cora” Butler, whom he had just been hitched to since May 12, 1853.


Sara was the most fortunate of the youngsters. She lived sufficiently long to acquire Rosedown. The manor remained with the family until 1956. In the end, the old cotton manor was received into the Louisiana State Parks framework, who have since reestablished the grounds to their previous magnificence. In spite of the fact that the family no longer possesses the property, it would appear as though some of them have never cleared out.


Rosedown ranch has its ghost guest, who loves to play tricks on staff individuals. While the apparition has never really been recognized, staff think the phantom is that of youthful William as a result of his less than the ideal end. William’s family had additionally painted dark grieving stripes on the roof of the south wing. As indicated by Curator Polly Luttrull, William appreciates turning lights on just to tell staff he is there. Luttrull had stopped every one of the lights preceding locking the house up. When she did a reversal through the house, every one of the lights had been turned on once more.


A few different workers have had comparable encounters with the lights, once in a while after they’ve bolted the house up and set the alert. The well-disposed phantom additionally appreciates moving the furniture around, most every now and again when every one of the guests has left, and Rosedown is bolted up for the night. Maybe the phantom of William is refurbishing the place and moving things where they were the point at which he lived in the house? In case you’re ever out going to the Myrtles, set aside the opportunity to make the short hike down the road– regardless of the possibility that you don’t see the phantom, the patio nurseries are justified regardless of the visit!