- Updated On:
- November 17, 2022
Originally built in 1911, local legend claims the spirit of a lady, believed to be Ernze Mabel, wanders this location. As the story is told Mabel and her husband John Orr were a comedy and opera duo. John could not control his temper and would beat Mabel violently. Out of sympathy for Mabel, one of the servants made a hoodoo potion to poison John. The potion did not work. Afterwards, Mabel and four slaves began to plot to shoot John. Shortly thereafter, John was murdered by an unknown shooter. During the investigation, the plot was discovered which left Mabel and the four slaves facing a hangman’s rope. The Sheriff, out of pity, offered a morphine based poison the night before Mabel’s sentence was to be carried out. Mabel was found dead in the basement the next morning. No such sympathy was afforded the slaves who were all hung on the courthouse lawn the next morning. It has been reported you can hear the dying moans of a woman, believed to be Mabel, in the basement. Strange lights have been reported near the levee where the slaves bodies were taken for burial.