French Market Inn |
New Orleans, LA
The French Market Inn, in New Orleans, Louisiana, is tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River in the center of the New Orleans French Quarter. This French Quarter hotel is within six blocks of the Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.
The historic French Market Inn, is renowned for its stone paved courtyards meandering throughout the gardens and an ancient brick facade that opens into a lobby decorated with columns, period paintings and chandeliers.
French Market Inn: A Brief History
The original property deed was issued to a baker, named Dreux, in 1722. Shortly after, the Dreux family opened up a shop on the ground floor and used the second floor for family living. The third floor of their property was used to store imported and exported goods. Wagons and carriages would drive through the archways in the courtyard to deliver goods and to pick up deliveries. The bakery often supplied the Colonial Spanish, and later Colonial French Soldiers, stationed at the Place d’Armes (present day Jackson Square).
In the early 1830’s the Baroness, Pontalba y Almonaster, purchased the Dreux’s bakery and the surrounding lots with the idea of opening an Inn for friends and business associates. The Inn opened and was well received by both the local Creole families and many visitors to the Cosmopolitan City of New Orleans. Soon after, in 1832, the first hauntings were recorded. Guests claimed to see misty shapes entering the rooms of the Inn after dark and heard loud metal noises echoing throughout the halls, reminiscent of the old pulley system the Dreux’s bakery used to hoist their goods to the upper levels back in the 18th century. The same old pulley system that had been removed years before during the renovation of the Baroness’ courtyard.