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T'Freres House and Garconniere –
Haunted Place: T'Freres House and Garconniere
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)
T'Freres House and Garconniere can be found
on Verot School Road (Route 339) between Rue Louis XIV and Highway
3073. Nearest cross streets are Artisan Road and Yvette Marie
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 have been an all night card game of
Bourree, or after an evening of dancing at the Fais do do.
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
The entity of Amelie is seen by the living
throughout the house, and walking on the garden paths, wearing a
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
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.
T'Freres House Web Site
Haunted Inns of the Southeast
by Sheila Turnage
John F. Blair, Publisher