Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Hanna School Haunting, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

 
 Sam Bradford fled Alexandria and his beloved Orchard Plantation after the unfortunate death of his wealthy wife, Alice Lacount.
         Seeking to keep up appearances he provided funds for Natchitoches Parish to build a state-of-the-art school building north of Alexandria. The Hanna School, named after Alice Lacount's mother, was dedicated with much fanfare and for a few months the teachers and the children flourished.
         But late one spring afternoon, a woman in white  appeared standing in the hall, her hands splayed in supplication. The students saw her, yelped, and ran from the building. Even the teachers took flight.
         School was out.
        The Natchitoches Parish has offered Hanna School for redevelopment on very attractive terms.
         So far there are no takers.

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