Susie Plantation (Centerville/Garden City)
Between the small towns of Centerville and Garden City, along the winding Bayou Teche, lies quite the little hidden gem when it comes to haunted plantations. Susie Plantation was built and completed between 1848 and 1852 by Royal and Adeline Harris as a working sugar cane and rice plantation. In 1858, Royal would pass away, leaving the home to his wife who would remarry to John H. Darnall. In appearance, the home is your standard smaller plantation for the period; a two story home with large columns to the front and to the rear of the building.
The conversation piece of this home is not what’s inside, but what lies on the property. Only several feet away from the home sits an above ground grave. The grave is the final resting place of Addie (Adeliza) E. Harris, daughter of the original plantation’s owner, who died in 1872. The cause of death is still uncertain, while some say she died during childbirth, others claim she fell to her death from the second floor of the home. What’s most interesting is that her tombstone is etched with this ominous epitaph:
|Headstone of Addie Harris|
As far as the home of Addie Harris goes, I have always been interested in investigating Susie Plantation. Not only for its interesting history, and its large amount of activity, but I have an uncanny way of getting under the skin of women. Just ask my ex-wife! I truly believe if I cannot stir up Addie and obtain some form of valuable paranormal evidence, then her ghost doesn’t exist. I will just make sure I am not atop any ladders or holding any chainsaws!