Ellen Lloyd – Icestech.info – Most swamps are regarded as places that are beautiful but downright scary, and one should know better than visiting them. The Manchac Swamp in Louisiana is no exception as it is believed to be cursed by a woman known as Julia Brown.
Located not far from New Orleans, the Manchac Swamp offers admirers of magnificent nature views and enjoyable kayak tours around the beautiful waterways. This murky swamp is home to countless alligators, turtles, and migratory birds. In this natural paradise, one can either relax or be trapped with lost souls.
The Manchac Swamp is believed to be one of the most haunted swamps in Louisiana.
The reason behind the scary stories can be traced to Julia Brown, who once lived and died here. In this area, it is impossible to move without a boat. However, this did not bother Julia. She paddled through the swamp without being afraid of the dark waters, dangerous alligators, and sunken trees blocking the way. Julia may not have feared anything, but locals feared this Voodoo queen and her magical powers. Still, many visited her to get magical amulets, mixed love drinks, and voodoo curses they could use to destroy their enemies, or at least they hoped so.
Legend tells the Voodoo queen Julia Brown use to sit on her porch singing: “One day I’m going to die and take the whole town with me.”
As strange as it may sound, it is exactly what happened one day when she died.
The year was 1915, and Julia walked through the small town singing this particular song. Needless to say that people were horrified hearing she would kill everyone.
People feared the Voodo queen Julia brown. Credit: Public Domain
There are different stories of how Julia Brown. One legend says the locals imprisoned her on charges of witchcraft. Being hated and feared, she was later executed.
Shortly before she died, Julia Brown cursed all the people present and the entire Manchac Swamp. On the day she was buried, a massive hurricane swept through the town killing over 50 people.
The hurricane devastated the town, and many believed that Julia Brown herself caused the storm. Those who survived feared Brown’s curse was still in the air and would cause more deaths and damage. Therefore, the town’s survivors made a mass grave in the Manchac Swamp, and they threw all the dead bodies, including Julia Brown, into the murky dark waters.
Locals say the Manchac Swamp is haunted by those who died on that terrible day in 1915, and the ghost of Julia Brown is ready to kill anyone who searches for the hidden mass grave buried in the swamp. Some people who visited this sinister said they could hear a chilling sound that reminded them of the song Julia Brown used to sing on her porch.
The site is isolated, and many feel one does not have to be particularly superstitious or easily frightened to feel something sinister resting over the Manchac Swamp.
There is something special about swamps that attract your curiosity and, at the same time, send chills down your spine.
Perhaps the landscape is frightening but beautiful, or maybe it’s the tales associated with these mysterious places. Swamps have long been a subject of fascination and wonder.
The Manchac Swamp is famous for being haunted by Julia Brown, but the Great Dismal Swamp located on Virginia’s southeastern border with North Carolina is equally frightening.
There are many interesting and scary Native American legends about the Great Dismal Swamp. According to the Algonquian tribes who inhabited the area, the swamp was once the dwelling place of a great firebird whose eyes burned like flames.
According to locals, the mysterious Great Dismal Swamp is also home to malevolent, shape-shifting witches who hide in the wetland and pray on innocent by-passers leading them astray. Unexplained encounters and sightings of mysterious beings are not limited to the past. People who visit the swamp keep reporting curious creatures spotted in this region. There are several unexplained lights seen in the skies over the region, not to mention the strange cemetery no-one can find twice.
Then there is the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia that is said to be inhabited by dangerous aerial beings.
Not everything that happens in the vicinity of the Okefenokee Swamp can be explained by modern science. People have witnessed puzzling unidentified lights that cannot be tracked to any known object, craft, or place. Native Americans tell the Okefenokee Swamp was and still is home to an immortal race. In ancient times, the Spaniards and Indians encountered these mysterious beings in battles, but they could never defeat the immortals.
Equally scary is the mysterious Hockomock Swamp in Southeastern Massachusetts that some believe to be a vortex to the unknown.
One can say that most swamps are associated with strange lights, mysterious, unknown creatures, and spooky legends. This is the reason why these places keep fascinating us and are often used as the backdrop for horror movies where an extra air of spookiness is required.
Written by – Ellen Lloyd – Icestech.info
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