On July 24, 2017, two members of our MIW investigation team, booked themselves for a 5-night stay in Room 208 - what was reputedly the "most haunted room" of one of New Orleans most haunted buildings: The Andrew Jackson Hotel, located on Royal Street in the infamous French Quarter district.
Like most of the French Quarter, the grounds on which the hotel stand whispers of its very sordid past. There was once a boy's boarding school, for orphans, that stood on the property back in the 1700s. Some say that the boarding house burned down during one of two of New Orleans' famously tragic fires, and that five boys were trapped inside (these reports have been disputed, as some records indicate that the building survived the fires). Many guests, however, have claimed to have "encountered" the apparitions of these young fellows.
After the boarding school, a federal courthouse was built on the grounds. General Andrew Jackson himself appeared here on charges of contempt of court (relating to his continuation of martial law following the Battle of New Orleans, and subsequent response to criticisms of his actions). He was fined for his actions. Later, of course, he became President for eight years. Many have claimed to have seen the ghost of President Jackson himself roaming the property after dark. (Perhaps he still wants an appeal?)
Previous guests have reported sightings of the young boarding school boys, with one claiming to have awakened in the middle of the night to find them sitting on the floor watching his TV - even though he had turned it off before hitting the sack. Clerks still remember this guest packing his bags and taking off in the middle of the night, refusing to stay in his hotel room. Apparently front desk staff had also reported being "possessed" by spirits, and various "ghost tours" congregated across the road dozens of times every day to share the eerie stories of numerous sightings. So this truly seemed to be an active environment for things that go bump in the night. Perfect for our 5-night sojourn in N'awlins! But of course we wanted the MOST HAUNTED room of all, the infamous Room 208.
To be continued….
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