What the Hell is in the Attic at Ursuline Convent?

Day 1 New Orleans June 2014

My first night in New Orleans I took the Vampire Tour, since I mainly write about vampires I thought it would be interesting to hear the stories they tell in NOLA. Our  hot male tour guide told the most fascinating story about the Ursuline Convent on Chartres and Ursuline Streets built in 1752. Today, it houses the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Anyway the real story is about what the hell they keep in that attic which has five windows covered by wooden shutters. It all started with what they call the “casket girls” young women whose families were tricked into sending their daughters to New Orleans by a propaganda campaign claiming  wealthy husbands awaited in this new, safe, just like Paris colony.  These women mainly ended up in prostitution or were assaulted by the men who were not wealthy landowners, but criminals released from prison in France to come and build the colony on top of a swamp. Well one of the ships bringing these women got diverted and landed in Mobile, Alabama.  But some of their crates that looked like caskets landed at New Orleans.

When the men waiting for wives saw the caskets they started a riot, and began beating up the priests.  The men thought that  the Church had brought vampires to kill them. Other legends say that some of the women did arrive but they looked so bad after the five month journey that the men thought they were vampires or brought vampires in their caskets. Anyway one of the head priests calmed down the men by placing the caskets on the third floor attic at Ursuline Convent.

After this the shutters were put on. People claim that the screws that hold the closed shutters must be blessed by the Pope. And that sometimes at night the shutters which are closed all day, open so the vampires can come out. Most of the locals believe there is some kind of evil in that attic. To this day locals do not know what is really in the attic, as the archdiocese will not allow anyone into the attic. However a few years back the caskets were opened and found to be empty, which did not quell anyone’s curiosity.

Our guide said that 13 days before Katrina he was doing a tour and saw that one of the shutters had fallen off. What was so weird was that a strobe light was hitting the area where the shutter fell off. All he could see inside was black as if the darkness in the room stopped the light! He believes some kind of evil or darkness escaped that night.




Posted on June 23, 2014, in Travel & Other Adventures, Uncategorized, Vampire Articles. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Randyneworleans

    Your tour guide lied to you – the Archdiosecan archives are on the third floor of the convent and it is sealed to keep the sunlight and humidity from damaging 300 year old documents.

  2. I saw a scary but interesting story on Monsters and Mysteries about a group of people that were walking around the convent area and they looked up and saw a man standing on the rooftop of the Ursaline convent and they thought that he was going to jump off to commit suicide but instead he literally began to fly and he flew off into the night sky!! They kept walking and talking about what They had just seen.Out of nowhere, a man came up to them and said, “ladies do you believe in Vampires?” They both were destracted by a loud sound of glass breaking and as they turned around to answer him and he was gone!! This is supposed to be a true story that multiple people witnessed!! I think its a very interesting and creepy story and it really makes me wonder what is living in the convent attic?

  3. julieanna Anna KOLANKOWSKI

    excuse me the church will hide the truth i say open the space and stop the panic once and for all and give people peace, if there are bodies with puncture marks and blood drIned someone needs to address the coroner and ask them for records. ask the police, d.a, under the freedom of information act, ect. good luck.

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