Historically Haunted: The St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum in the Lower Garden District New Orleans has quite the disheartening past. Though the photo doesn’t do it justice, this massive Victorian style mansion is as large as a city block. Constructed in 1861 with the Civil War and Yellow Fever epidemic running rampant in New Orleans, the death toll steadily climbed. More and more children were left behind as orphans and many succumbed to the illness themselves. Later, St. Vincent’s was also used as a house for unwed mothers up until the 1970s. Staff and former guests report seeing ghostly children playing in the rooms and common areas as well as hearing their eerie laughter throughout the hallways. The apparition of a Nun ascending the front stairway has also been reported. This incredibly enormous house sits right across from where I work! I recently did a photoshoot in St. Vincents, and let me tell you, “eerie” is an understatement. I couldn’t believe how far the building went back with hundreds of rooms. The style and decor makes you feel as though you’re stepping back in time, especially with the dozens of unnerving photographs of children from the 19th century. The house is currently used as a hostel, and in my opinion, definitely haunted. If you find yourself in New Orleans, make sure to grab a coffee at @mojocoffeehouse and bask in the glory that is St. Vincent’s.