092 – Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – New Orleans

Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - Night (New Orleans)

Is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar Haunted?

Is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar Haunted? Ghostly is back in New Orleans exploring one of the oldest bars in the country. Pirates, treasure, spies, fire…this story has it all. Jean Lafitte supposedly used this building as his headquarters and allegedly he’s never left. Is this famous Bourbon Steet bar haunted? Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

Who was Jean Lafitte?  Was he a pirate and did he operate out of this building? Is there treasure buried here? What is the history of the French Quarter and what does it tell us about this building and its history? Who is the ghost people see in the corner of this bar? Is there a demon? Does a ghost woman appear in the mirror on the second floor? Is it haunted?

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History of the French Quarter and Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Pat explores the history of this area of NOLA and how it came to find its unique visual style. He also describes the legends told about the bar.

The Debate

Pat and Rebecca to debate the paranormal evidence for this location. A full apparition of a man appears in a corner of the bar and a woman haunts the mirror on the second floor. Glowing red eyes are said to be seen in the fireplace. And it may not be safe to visit the Ladies room. Or maybe none of it is true. You decide.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafitte%27s_Blacksmith_Shop
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar: http://www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com/Homepage.html
Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lafittes-blacksmith-shop
New Orleans Historical – https://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/616
Southern Spirit Guide: https://www.southernspiritguide.org/encounter-with-a-gentleman-new-orleans/
Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/08/20/is-this-the-worlds-most-haunted-bar/?sh=4406f87a65a9
Andrew Jackson Hotel: https://www.andrewjacksonhotel.com/blog/new-orleans-haunted-legends-and-mysteries-lafitte-s-blacksmith-shop-and-bar
Night Spirits: https://nightlyspirits.com/best-new-orleans-ghost-tour-lafittes-pub-pirates/
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60864-d108495-r319923661-Lafitte_s_Blacksmith_Shop_Bar-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html
Secret New Orleans: https://secretneworleans.co/haunted-bar-lafittes-blacksmith-shop/
Amy’s Crypt: https://amyscrypt.com/lafittes-blacksmith-shop-haunted-ghosts-demon/
NOLA Ghosts.com: https://nolaghosts.com/lafittes-blacksmith-shop-phantom-pirates-ghostly-contraband/
Saving Places: https://savingplaces.org/stories/historic-bars-lafittes-blacksmith-shop-bar-new-orleans#.YlTZ_shKi39
Haunted Journeys: https://www.hauntedjourneys.com/haunted-eateries/4225-lafitte-s-blacksmith-shop-bar
American Ghost Stories: https://americanghoststories.com/tag/jean-lafitte
Only in Your State: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/louisiana/new-orleans/oldest-most-haunted-bars-nola/

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com