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Hangman’s Tree

New Orleans, Louisiana

During the antebellum period, a slave was caught in the heat of passion with a white female. Consequently, he was taken to an oak tree near Lake Pontchartrain and hanged. If one goes there late at night, he will hear the snapping of the rope and will see a shadow swinging back and forth against the tree.

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Paul says:

November 2, 2005, 7:04 pm

Where is this tree located?

nikky benze says:

November 22, 2005, 1:41 pm

so what i don’t about little things like that.i like diffrent and more scary things

Alexa says:

February 19, 2006, 6:14 am

The tree is located on the street side of the levee that runs along Bayou St. John. It faces Beauregard Ave between Robert E. Lee Blvd. and the Lakeshore Dr. in Lakeview, the Spanish Fort subdivision. The fort ruins are still there after Hurricane Katrina. The Spanish Fort area begins across the street from the northeast corner of City Park.

tim says:

March 3, 2006, 2:34 pm

i **** on the tree with **** sausage on my face….blukenhower

marie says:

March 17, 2006, 9:01 pm

good for you tim!way to sound like *******!besides I bet you don’t even know German!

bai says:

May 30, 2006, 5:13 pm

ahh this is so scary………NOT!!

Fin Mu says:

June 15, 2006, 2:10 pm

I know the area you refer to, Alexa, but I’d always heard it was in City Park (which is a mere stone’s throw from where you cite).

Najja says:

June 18, 2006, 9:58 am

I know the tree that by the old Spanish Fort that Alexa is referring to. When looked at from a specific angle, it looks like a man hanging, but when you see it from a frontal position, you can see that it is only a limb. I’ve never heard any sounds of a rope snapping or any shadow swinging back and forth. When looked at from the right angle, it does give you the creeps and the vibe of someone hanging from the tree. It’s worth checking out if you’re in the area. I’ve taken various people there to see it and they all agreed that it is a spooky scene.

Nate says:

July 25, 2006, 6:38 pm

My father hanged himself on a tree to, one day in a year you see him swinging in the tree an that day is the day he married with my mom

angel says:

August 15, 2006, 1:47 pm

nate proove u r beligen

Carol says:

September 10, 2006, 6:35 am

Nate.. what are you sayin ? Sorry but I don’t believe your story Nate

carmen says:

September 14, 2006, 2:09 pm

why does da blk man gotta die

Kaitlyn says:

September 19, 2006, 10:02 am

the black mans gotta die cuz there shouldnt b mixed babies in the world

poofy pants says:

September 19, 2006, 5:08 pm

Kaitlyn, you are obviously in the dark of the present relationships between black and white people. It’s everyone else’s choice if they choose to be with different races of people. You should really consider the idea of interracial relationships. You are probably related to someone BBLLAACCKK along the line.

kensie says:

September 25, 2006, 3:16 pm

i got a tree.. WHATS UP WIT DAT????

chelsea says:

October 1, 2006, 8:18 pm

i went to this tree with my best friend and her sister and we heard a rope snap!!!!we ran to the car

adrian says:

January 16, 2007, 12:01 am

dude chelsie I soo agree with you I saw that shadow at 11:30 P.m. And it actually looked like my dad. But who gives a **** about hangin a poor man. Cause I have a tree and and I have always wished to hang my sister. But god Damnit I cant. Why we gotta have soo much rules?

~*StarIsland*~ says:

January 24, 2007, 5:59 pm

Kaitlyn what you said was very mean and the person who commented after you was right you may never know who’s blood line runs in your famliy.

i cant judge this tree since i havent been to it though i have heard of it many times, the only difference is that i heard it was right in front of Ellerbe.

adrian says:

February 3, 2007, 10:37 pm

Wow how beautiful. And yes I am a lesbian! But really who cares?

kera dupre says:

February 13, 2007, 11:01 am

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww thats cool!!!!!!

adrian says:

February 26, 2007, 12:23 am

Hey I’m back. And well I tried to get away to see the tree again. But my mom just had to go. So we goin there and when we get there we gotta wait for about 10 min before a shadow comes. And this time it was the shape of my mom. And then da next day she ends up fallin off the bed and then cracks up.Ha HA I still laugh bout dat. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye yah peeps

adrian says:

February 26, 2007, 12:26 am

K dat was soo funny what I said before and I just wanna saye dat I may be fucked up in my brain but I got dem points in my hed. Wow I dont know wat I says cause i’m from new york

Bye Yah peeps

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March 1, 2007, 2:41 am


bunny says:

March 8, 2007, 4:07 pm

I’ve been to the tree I didn’t find anything weird with it but then again being raised in St. Bernard parish little seems weird anymore :/….That was pretty wrong of you to say. I can understand the problem with mixed babies BECAUSE they’re rarely excepted, it’s hard for them to fit in with one race. Or atleast that’s how it used to be. Now a days it’s a lot more normal than the old days. The only reason I wouldn’t is in fear that it would affect my baby emotionally. I see nothing wrong with interracial relationships. :) _Bunny

justine says:

June 27, 2007, 3:21 pm

i think i kow where this tree is but can anyone tell exactly?

Janeque says:

July 6, 2007, 7:08 pm

I dont like Kaitlyn whatever her name is because im black now i wanna fight her

Haley says:

August 11, 2007, 1:22 am

I live in New Orleans. Half of the haunting stories are purely for tourism.

loco says:

August 22, 2007, 12:43 pm

Back in the day – in that time era – it was dangerous taboo to be with a person of a different color- everything was so racial and people were murdered for thier actions back then (Hanging, beaten to death, etc.) This is a believeable story historical wise- but I have not seen this tree.

Me Me says:

October 14, 2007, 1:10 pm

no weirdos

Mc Nugget says:

October 26, 2007, 1:36 pm

Yeaaa he was gettin it in aint nothin wrong wit a little bump bump to bad he had to die from it ay but guess what i just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance

gay fag says:

November 1, 2007, 8:19 am


chase says:

November 20, 2007, 5:40 pm

u guys r full of **** my friends poop story is beast

ghostmagnet says:

June 6, 2008, 2:56 am

cool thanks for the info

angelina says:

July 11, 2008, 11:30 am

I think my house is haunted because I see things and I hear people in my kitchen and my mother saw a little boy but I do not have any brothers and I see a little girl in my room whitch is an antique room and she calls my name and no one is there.

angelina says:

July 11, 2008, 11:32 am

i think my house is haunted because i see little girls in my room and my mom seesq a little boy in the house.

jaques says:

August 17, 2008, 2:18 am

I had a bad experience here too! i took my friend to this tree one night and we thought we’d bring some chili and cornbread along for a little snack. So after we were done eating we got up and took one last look at the tree. and on the way home we had the worst stomach aches and finally broke out into the worst diarrhea fits ever! it destroyed the inside of the car. Dont go to this site!!!

tru yat says:

August 26, 2008, 6:48 pm

i love this place on bayou st.john.i love taking people there and getting a rise out of is one of my favorite spots when we are “rollin” through the lakefront.
i live in florida now and the food sucks out here.
everyone say i talk funny.
i love and miss new orleans,my tru home

where y’at new orleans?

Jessica says:

September 16, 2008, 3:02 pm

This sounds like it’s from the movie, ‘The Skeleton Key,’ lol. >.>

kris says:

October 9, 2008, 4:24 am

There are a lot of nice interracial families here in Shreveport and there is nothing wrong with it. Kaitlyn and Travis you both are ignorant. Life is too short to hate. And yes, by the way, i am a white woman

Donna Dupre Smith says:

October 28, 2008, 11:40 pm

I’ve been to Hangman’s tree. it’s the one by the ruins with the bricks facing the water. It does look as if a man is hanging there if you walk up the levee from North to east. A guy brought me there to check it out thinking I’d be scared yet he got scared when there was a huge Tree Roach….the flying kind I like to call dive bombers…..on the bricks. Since then I’ve brought men to see it only to have them act chicken. I haven’t been there in about 20 years and hope to bring my daughter there to see. As far as people thinking races shouldn’t mix……trace your family tree….then you can judge people if your humility allows you to do so. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find out about not only yourself but your ancestors.

Beyonce Knowls says:

November 1, 2008, 2:51 pm

I wanna ****

Randy says:

November 12, 2008, 10:03 am

Kaitlyn, Get your head out of your ***….no…second thought, keep it there. You deserve to have your head up your ***. What are you going to do now that the most powerful man in the world, the President of the U.S. is a bi-racial man? Leave, you say? Don’t remain in the U.S. on my account! In fact, I know a lot of bi-racial people. We should judge people on the content of their character…not the color of their skin. And your character is obviously lacking…as is your limited view of the world.

Randy says:

November 12, 2008, 10:08 am

What makes you think anyone cares one way or another about your sexual proclivity? And what does being a lesbian have to do with the hanging tree?
Frankly, I don’t care if you are hetero, bi, lesbian, asexual, or trans sexual. I can’t imagine that there are too many posters in here who care one way or another. And if you have to have your mom take you to the tree, then I suspect you are a kid, anyway…keep it to yourself.

Cindy says:

January 16, 2009, 9:18 am

I live right by the HANGMAN’s TREE… Right across from St benard by ST john’s bayou… The tree at night is reall freaky… you can feel an unwanted presence on those groounds at night… especially on a cresent moon,

hilz says:

March 15, 2009, 1:31 am

This site is about scary stories, you juvenile little turds & besides Kaitlyn & Travis are both black, so what’s up with the hating??

yasmine gonzales says:

May 22, 2009, 11:17 am

omg thats so krazy so where is this stupid tree at i want to go cee it for my self if you know where it is just hit me up on my cell phone 210-486-0604 if you have eny infomation on this stupid tree call me or text me

singergirl13 says:

February 7, 2010, 2:53 pm

now THAT is creepy, ya’ll. so quit bein’ sarcastic! :)

hiko says:

February 7, 2010, 11:50 pm

So far all I see commenting on this site are illiterate a$$holes &/or racists. You should all stay in school or learn to shut your mouths.

Sarah says:

August 6, 2010, 6:35 pm

My family is born and raised in Louisianna and I’ve seent hat tree! It’s so freaking scary to me! HOW DOES THAT SHADOW MOVE?!

Gumdrop says:

September 25, 2010, 6:03 pm

When I was in college my professor told of a story in Louisiana, where a plantation owner’s wife had given birth to a child of color. He wouldn’t have anything to do with her or the baby. She took her baby & walked into swamp, never to be seen again. Later the plantation owner’s mother died & left him a letter. It told him how she could not tell him the truth in life, but wanted to tell him that she had been unfaithful to his father & his father was actually a gentleman of color. Be careful what you say, it may come back to bite you in the ***.

William Sharon says:

September 26, 2011, 11:43 am

yall are ******* retarded

Ibro says:

June 21, 2012, 5:53 am

lol @gay *** your wrong

Lourdes says:

November 19, 2012, 10:24 pm

I can honestly believe this story, i have met white men from Louisiana that is prejudiced against white women dating black men. Very sad for them to be raised with such sickening morals. It’s okay for them to date black women but when a beautiful white woman dates a black man it’s such jealously involved. It’s like they snap. They (the white man) want what does not want them but desires another. If I should go to this tree I would burn sage and release the spirit from his hurt and send him to the light.

Bob says:

July 22, 2013, 3:07 pm

I went there last night and someone made a little grave under the tree with a iron fence around it I guess for the man that was hung

White man says:

October 8, 2013, 10:37 am

Glad he’s dead. Maybe if a few more were hung from that tree, New Orleans wouldn’t be a crime filled **** hole.

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