William Loyd's appearance in the United States was an act of punishment when he disgraced his British family. Yes, the famous Lloyd's of London Insurance dynasty! His family gave him enough money to start a new life in the USA and he was never to return to England. They also forbade him from using the second ‘L’ in his surname. It is unknown to this day exactly what William did to be sentenced to hard time in America!
In 1820 he purchased a piece of land in Cheyneyville on 640 acres and built the antebellum style home. Sixty slaves worked the farm land and crops consisted of tobacco, indigo, cotton and sugarcane. Not one to keep to himself, William poked his nose into the affairs of the local Indian tribes and found his plantation under attack more often than not.
When the Civil War rolled around, William decided to play both sides in an effort to protect himself and his plantation. He spied for both Confederate and Union forces, but was ultimately caught by the Union soldiers and hanged for his crime right in front of his own house. His ghost is believed to roam the plantation to this day and guests attest to the fact that they have been touched or breathed on by him. He is also known for hiding guests' belongings.
William isn't the only one still floating about the house. His niece, Inez was jilted at the altar and jumped to her death from one of the bedroom windows. Often visitors hear piano keys tinkling from the main hall, but no player. Interesting, Inez was always a keen piano player. Sally Boston, a slave nanny was intentionally poisoned and often makes appearances still in her white dress - the "uniform" of the nannies in the house.
Between 1871 and 1948, not much is known about the property other than the fact it was sold, resold, passed over and abandoned 20 times with no explanation. Many believe it is down to the house's haunted reputation. Nowadays, Loyd Hall Plantation Home is a mixture of things; a wedding venue, cosy bed and breakfast and a place for paranormal fans and experts to try and catch a glimpse of the many ghosts said to haunt the property.
The preservation of the home and historical knowledge of the current owners make this a fascinating stop on any Louisiana or Deep South holiday. Some guests report ghostly incidents, others don't. But what they all agree on is their stay was full of Southern hospitality at its finest.
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