Tales of paranormal activity surrounding the Old State Capitol
BATON ROUGE- Tales of paranormal activity throughout Louisiana have been passed down through the decades, some of those hauntings right here in Baton Rouge including at the Old State Capitol
“We get it all the time. It's the first question we get from school kids when they enter the building. Is the building haunted,” said Mary Durusau
As all hallow's eve arrives each year, the tales of ghost sightings seem to flutter from floor to floor.
“We've had security guards see motion detectors go off with no explanation, who have heard sounds, occasionally you hear a door slam,” said Durusau.
Durusau has heard them all, but are they true? Let's start with the death of Pierre Couvillion, a state senator in the 1800s. Word is after an impassioned speech in the Senate chambers Couvillion dropped dead from a heart attack and never left.
“People have said they smell cigar smoke, people said they've heard footsteps in the chambers,” said Durusau.
As spooky as that sounds, the story is false.
“The truth of the matter is Pierre might not have wanted to leave the Legislature, but he did not die here, as people have thought. He died at home in his bed in Avoyelles Parish,” said Durusau.
Arguably the most accurate story of afterlife activity at the Old State Capitol involves Governor Henry Allen. He fled Louisiana after the Civil War and died in Mexico. His body was then moved to New Orleans and has since made its way back to the grounds where he is finally resting in peace.
“Governor Allen's been very quiet, and bless his heart he's been moved so many times he's probably happy to be in one spot,” said Durusau.
Whether you believe any of these spirited stories, is up to you, but it may mean going ghost hunting for yourself.
The Old State Capitol is hosting the 3rd annual Spirits of Louisiana event this Thursday. For tickets and information, click here
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Harvey Adger, head basketball coach at Glen Oaks, notches 900th victory
Baton Rouge 10-year-old to compete in international Rubik's Cube competition
East Baton Rouge Parish schools work to find teachers amid nationwide teacher...
Jurors view graphic rape video in second day of Livingston sex abuse...
During call to 911 about prison fire, supervisors ask for police not...
WATCH: New LSU coach Brian Kelly arrives in Baton Rouge
High school coaches give Brian Kelly advice on how to tackle recruiting...
See the contract to get Brian Kelly as the new LSU Football...
Fans share their excitement about new LSU head coach Brian Kelly
New LSU coach Brian Kelly arrives in Baton Rouge