Woodland was one of the few plantations to survive the Civil War. It's fruitfulness declined soon after. The plantation's worthiness picked up during Prohibition. Bootleggers stored their illegal alcohol at the location. By the 1940s, it laid in ruins. Hurricane Betsy destroyed what was left of it in 1965. Over thirty years later, the plantation was brought back to life again.
While searching for rural property outside of New Orleans, Claire, Jacques and son Foster Creppel, who also own and operate the Columns Hotel, bought Woodland at auction and began restoration in 1997. Adding a 1880s Gothic chapel turned large reception area/dining room now called Spirits Hall to the property, they opened their doors as an official bed and breakfast in 1999.
As for real spirits, the only alleged known ghost is that of Braddish Johnson. He is often seen wearing stripe pants, silk hats and walking with a gold-tipped cane and he is not alone. Sounds are heard throughout the whole house. A young boy has been seen and disappears whenever asked a question. The apparition of two women accompanied with a man and a cold breeze has also been reported on the first floor. Ghosts of former slaves have been encountered in Spirits Hall where the old slave quarters once stood before Hurricane Betsy.
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