Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Last night I decided to venture down to the pub and indulge in some brew while reading “The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places.”

One of the entries I found in the book was about Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar is the oldest bar in the country.

Built in 1772, this bar is also one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans.

Lafitte was said to be a buccaneer of the high seas. His spirit is supposedly bound to the building and can only be opened when someone noble of heart finds treasure that had been purchased in blood and puts it to good use. In addition to Lafitte, the spirits of customers are said to haunt the bar.

I am going to add this to the bucket list to places to visit.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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