The mansion that may have inspired Tara in Gone With The Wind, children poisoned by a slave with a grudge, haunted slave graveyards, a phantom party at the ruins of a mansion destroyed by fire—these are only a few of the hauntings and location places described in this tour of antebellum Southern plantations with tales and legends of ghosts and spirits attached. Haunted Plantations of the South is a compact volume that covers a selection (necessarily limited) of such estates throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, the Carolinas, and Virginia.
The genuine strength of this book is the way the author weaves the history of each plantation, along with the general history of the times, with the story of the hauntings reported to take place in and around each. The author’s easygoing prose is detailed and informative. The biggest disappointment is the lack of photographs, of which there are only two, and those in the introduction. The book would’ve gained immensely in interest had each segment been preceded by a photograph of the plantation. I recommend sitting with Google Image Search close at hand as you read!