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T'Freres House and Garconniere –
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Haunted Place: T'Freres House and Garconniere

Address:

1905 Verot School Road
Lafayette, Louisiana  70508

(337) 984-9347 * (800) 984-9347

T'Freres Web Site (Warning - Music plays automatically when web page opens and cannot be disabled)

LOCATION:

T'Freres House and Garconniere can be found on Verot School Road (Route 339) between Rue Louis X1V and Highway 3073. Nearest cross streets are Artisan Road and Yvette Marie Drive.

DESCRIPTION:

T'Freres House and Garconniere Bed and Breakfast was voted the "Best of the Best by the Times of Acadiana Readers poll. It is 'The Place' to stay in South Louisiana." Innkeepers Pat and Maugie Pastor, former premier restaurateurs of Chez Pastor Restaurant in Lafayette, offer wonderful food selections for their guests, who also enjoy the Cajun aura of the Bed and Breakfast itself.

This 1880 Acadian colonial architecture style 2 floor wooden home is made of Louisiana red cypress, built Cajun-style. The main house has four guest bedrooms, a parlor, dining room and a gazebo. The beautiful glass enclosed back porch offers a lovely view of the colorful garden. Traditionally Cajuns used their porches for entertaining their large family gatherings, and this enclosed porch is a favorite gathering place for the guests of this Bed and Breakfast.

Behind the main home is the Garconniere, where two more of the guest rooms are located. Traditionally the Garconniere was where the young men of the family entertained their friends. Entertainment might of been an all night card game of Bourree, or after an evening of dancing at the Fais do do.

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HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:

Many families lived in this home over its 100 + year history. One such couple was Amelie, a small in stature school teacher and her husband. Unfortunately, Amelie's husband died at a young age, leaving her alone. One day, she went to wash her face in the well, and was either pushed or jumped to her death. Her demise was ruled a suicide by the local Catholic Church and her body was buried outside the cemetery, and not next to the love of her life.

MANIFESTATIONS:

The entity of Amelie is seen by the living throughout the house, and walking on the garden paths, wearing a rose-colored dress.

She likes to turn the lights on and off. Opens and closes doors as she goes about her business. She also rattles the pots in the pantry, to let them know she is there.

She gets a little agitated when the owners discuss her, and has been known to turn on the burglar alarm. She also becomes upset when changes are made in the home.

If anyone plays hymns on the piano, she has been known to splatter wax on the piano, as her way to comment on the church's decree of her death as being a suicide.

Evidence points to Amelie's kind heart and thoughtfulness. Past owners report that Amelie helped their child with his homework, nursed the living through illness and even woke up the family when a fire broke out in the house, saving them all.

STILL HAUNTED?

Yes indeed!

It has been theorized that Amelie is waiting to be allowed to go to the other side, because of her rash act. Or, perhaps she has issues with the Catholic Church for saying she killed herself, and can't stand such an untruth to remain on the books. To make it worse, they buried her outside the cemetery! Perhaps she was pushed into the well by another person or an animal, making her death not a suicide but a murder or the result of a dumb accident. She can't rest and so she willingly shares her house with the living, perhaps hoping that the truth will finally come to light.

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SOURCES INCLUDE:

T'Freres House Web Site

Haunted Inns of the Southeast
by Sheila Turnage
John F. Blair, Publisher
2001

HauntedHouses.com Archive

T'Freres House Web Site - home page

"Haunted Inns of the Southeast" page at John F. Blair, Publisher

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