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Blogging from A to Z: L is for LaLaurie Mansion Fire


At the corner of what is now Royal Street and Governor Nichols Street stands a three-story mansion with a beautifully carved white door and wrought-iron Spanish-style railings around the second story gallery.  It is a private home, once owned by Nicolas Cage, and there are no tours offered. Now why, you might be asking, would someone want to tour this house?  Well, I’ll tell you: it is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in New Orleans.   Here’s why. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the cookhouse of the mansion at the corner of Royal and Hospital streets, which belonged to Doctor Leonard LaLaurie and his wife, Delphine McCarty LaLaurie.  Delphine was a...
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