Haunted Plantations of the South is a disappointing collection of ambiguous vignettes of various alleged ghost sightings at predominately tourist destinations in the South. In truth, the book reads more like a tour guide than a thoughtfully researched work on the subject.
Each listing includes only the barest details of the alleged hauntings, and the author rarely cites any sources. It is almost as if some of the stories are being taken verbatim from guided tours of the plantations themselves. This is tragic, as the limited information presented hints at some truly fascinated stories. I had hoped this collection would offer some really intriguing tales of hauntings and their histories. Instead, all the book offers are vague snippets written in a dry style.
As I read through the book, I often found myself feeling uncomfortable at the sanitized depiction of slavery presented in the book. These hauntings occur on Civil War era plantations, and many of the hauntings involve slaves who died under horrific circumstances. But the author presents the information with all of the casualness with which one would read a grocery list. The complete indifference to the circumstances that led to the slaves’ deaths was troublesome.
Reviewer Note: I was given a comp copy of the book for review