Our first week of shows in Baton Rouge has come to an end. We’ve had such an awesome time staying at the Serenity Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Brett and Darin really made us feel part of the family.
The town Slaughter has a lot of history in it, across from the bnb is a bank that has been robbed by Bonnie and Clyde in 1932. The owner of the bank, lived next door to the bnb and was one of the people that had been locked in the vault.
Our shows were very well received, big crowds and the kids seem to love us! After all the excitement I looked forward to my daily run and a little yoga
It was hot and humid outside, but I love it. Once I got back to the house Brett mentioned that he had found the video and audio material from the paranormal investigation that was held in their home a few years prior. I figured that my imagination is probably worse than the actual footage, so I decided to watch it. We curled up on the couch and started with the pictures. There were orbs in the pictures, big circles, but whatever.. that didn’t scare me.. Then we continued to the audio. It sounded just like a bunch of static to me, just like in the ghost documentaries where they try to desperately have some excitement in the episode. I was shocked to suddenly hear a voice coming through the static. It clearly said, “the devil did it,” after one of the investigators asked, “did you die here?” Tears filled my eyes immediately out fear, a weird reaction I always get when watching a scary movie, accompanied by goosebumps. The next audio clip had a voice say; “it’s not over,” not something you wanna hear when you still have to sleep. Scenes of scary movies went through my head and I could already picture figures in mirrors, and little girls playing clapping games.. But that didn’t stop of from wanting to see and hear more! We started watching videos. Orbs randomly moving front of the cameras, mainly in Brett and Darin’s bedroom, which was really freaking Darin out at this point, that was pretty funny. The best was saved for last. A camera had been set up to watch the stairs, where a previous owner of the home had committed suicide. He had put a tarp at the bottom of the stairs and then shot himself. With high anticipation we watched the video. A shadow emerged from the corner, a clearly formed shadow of a person, making its way up the stairs, then stopping and quickly making its way down. All of us screamed in horror watching this, could this be real? We tried to recreate the shadow, but couldn’t. How creepy! Natalie started taking pictures to see if we could catch a glimpse of something ourselves, still not being convinced any of this was real. We watched Natalie’s flash light up and saw an orb in the phone screen quickly making its way down, after which Natalie about crawled in my lap. We were all pretty freaked out and considered all camping in one room. But Darin brought in one of the chickens to lighten the mood.
It worked and thank goodness we got to sleep without any paranormal activity 😉
Off to Baton Rouge, feeling near as faded as my jeans, with the next 2 weeks filled with shows!! Driving on down to Louisiana passing one old country home after the next, scenes of scary movies went through my head. A little before midnight I finally arrived at our bed and breakfast. I was greeted by the nicest people who immediately made me feel like I was just visiting friends instead of staying at a hotel. I was offered ribs and catfish upon arrival.. I ain’t ever seen that at a quality inn before. Natalie and Erica weren’t to arrive until about 6 the next morning. The owner took me upstairs and showed me the room we’ll be staying in for the next few weeks. The house is a 140 year old home with a lot of history, I was told on my first night there alone. Flashes of scary movies went through my head when I was told about the people’s spirits that supposedly were still in the home. That night after getting to know the fun owners, Brett and Darren and their friend Sam, I made my way to the room where I slept with the lights on. I don’t care what you think, you’d be scared too. When Natalie and Erica arrived after a night of driving they got an hour of sleep before we were greeted by the smell of fresh eggs, toast and coffee that Brett had carefully prepared for us. I was introduced to the chickens the night before
We went off to play our shows in a couple small towns. In one of the towns, Jones Branch, we noticed a lot of art throughout the town.
After our shows we headed back to the house. I went for a little run to get to see some of the neighborhood of slaughter, the town we’re staying in. I felt like running through a movie, people sitting outside on their beautiful southern homes, on a porch swing drinking ice tea with a bloodhound sleeping next to them. The scenery was gorgeous, big trees draping down to the road, providing me some shade on my muggy humid run.
That evening Brett and Darren, our hosts, generously prepared dinner for us. Chicken, spinach and mushroom quesadillas, with a side of rice and avocado relish. Absolutely delicious!
At Natalie’s request, we were told some more ghost stories… The woman that had lived in the home had passed away after battling lung cancer. After 3 months her husband had committed suicide, in the house also. In the 140 year history of the house it had also been an orphanage, and a little girl haunts the house as well. We were told that it had been a happy orphanage and kids that stayed there have come back and taken pictures, sharing happy memories of their stay in the home. Still.. The idea of a little girl ghost scares the crap out of me.. But I’ve been sleeping with my bible close to me so I’ll be safe 😉 the house has been visited by paranormal investigators who videotaped some of the activity there, we’re watching this the last night of our stay.. From what I can tell from these first 2 days in Baton Rouge this will be another unforgettable Sockrockerz trip!!