Hauntings, Ghosts & Spirits, New Orleans Original Ghost Stories, Haunted History And Virtual Tours of the Unexplained.   
HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS TOURS
"NEW ORLEANS, AMERICA'S MOST HAUNTED CITY"
    Home Page  •  New Reports  •  Shop  •  Tours  •  •  Discount Travel  •  Submit Reports   
 

   MAIN MENU   

NEW ORLEANS LEGENDS AND LORE
 
Marie Laveau
Chicken Man
Sallie Ann Glassman
Delphine Lalaurie
Devil Baby
Vampires
Zombies
 
HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS TOURS FEATURED ARTICLES
 

New Haunted Reports

New Orleans Haunted Cities of the Dead
French Opera House
Ghost Sightings And Ghost Stories
New Orleans Ghosts In Photos UPDATED
Hurricane Katrina Ghosts
New Orleans Collectable's

 

HAUNTED
NEW ORLEANS TOURS
 
Main Home Page
Reciprocal Links Haunted Link Exchange
Privacy Policy

 

NEW ORLEANS
MOST HAUNTED
 
Haunted Balconies
Haunted New Orleans Bars Spirits and Ghosts
Haunted Bayou's
Haunted Bed
Haunted Bridge
Haunted Buildings
Haunted Bus,Taxi, Streetcar Ghosts
Haunted Cemeteries
Haunted Ghost Tours
Haunted Golf Course
Haunted Houses
Haunted Hotels
Haunted New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades
Haunted New Orleans Restaurants
Haunted New Orleans Streets and Roads
Haunted St. Louis Cathedral

 

GENERAL
NEW ORLEANS LINKS AND INFORMATION

Alyne Pustanio

ORIGINAL ARTICLES BY

ALYNE PUSTANIO

THE DEVIL BABY IN CANDYLAND
ANBA D’LO 2010: APOLOGY TO THE WATERS

Day Of The Dead R.S.V.P.

THE SAD, LONELY DEATH OF ROCKER JOHNNY THUNDERS AND A LOVE THAT ENDURES … FOREVER?

Haunted
New Orleans Links

Mardi Gras New Orleans Parade Schedule
New Orleans Music Entertainment
New Orleans Attractions
New Orleans Radio Stations
New Orleans Webcams
Old New Orleans
New Orleans Recipes
Louisiana Festivals 2006
 
WELCOME
HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS TOURS
Google

Haunted Site Navigation
 






Mona Lisa Drive... The New Orleans City Park has many haunted locations this is just one of the more famous New Orleans Urban Legends.


Mona Lisa is haunting the darkened paths of New Orleans City Park. Have you seen her?

by M. Mathers photos by Robert Clarkson

Mona Lisa Drive or Mona Lisa Lane

City Park comprises some 8,000 acres in the heart of New Orleans. Framed by four professional golf courses and dotted with bayous lagoons, and ponds, the feeling is more like the cypress swamps of southwest Louisiana and one has to remind oneself that it is still the heart of a thriving urban city.

In the early 1900's, it is said, a philanthropist well known in the city for his generosity, endowed City Park with a collection of statuary. There was such a collection that at first the New Orleans Parkway Commission didn't know quite what to do with them. There was only one stipulation from the donor, that one statue in particular be given special treatment: the statue was a beautiful bronze designed in the gothic revival tradition of the late Victorians. It had been commissioned to commemorate the death of the philanthropist's only daughter, Mona. This statue, he mandated, must be given special treatment and must stand alone.

The park arborists and landscape artists were called upon to help determine a fitting placement for the imposing work: a youthful woman in the pose of "The Birth of Venus," gazing eternally heavenward with a mysterious smile upon her face. The solution: a mile long promenade to a cul de sac where the statue would be placed on a pedestal in the center. The outcome pleased everyone, and probably most especially the philanthropist.

But as with all secluded spots in cities the world over, the cul de sac soon became a magnet for teenaged lovers who could be found parked along the road side or cruising around the pedestal. One night things got out of hand, or so the story goes, and instead of cruising there was a car chase that sent one car careening into the statue's base. And the pious vision of Mona came crashing to the ground.

It wasn't long afterward, after the remnants of the statue had been removed to the basement of the New Orleans Museum of Art, that ardent teen aged lovers began to bring back more than just tales of their own exploits on the secluded little road. They began to exchange nervous whisperings about the ghost of Mona.

This is how the legend grew, added to over the years until it became no longer simply Mona haunting the back road cul de sac in City Park, but instead Mona Lisa was haunting the darkened paths of City Park.

It didn't matter what she was called, all the stories agreed on certain aspects of the haunting: A lilting figure in white, with a pained and mournful expression, would "float" up the car window -- usually the passenger's side -- and scratch forlornly at the glass. She would exchange a last sorrowful look and simply vaporize, disappear into the night air. And the hauntings were reported in all seasons but were especially prevalent in the Spring.

Mona Lisa Lane, as the cul de sac came to be commonly called, soon became unused and overgrown. No one went back there, unless they were part of the Parkway Commission crew who had the unenviable job of clearing undergrowth or trimming the weeds. Soon, the road became completely consumed by the roots of spreading oak trees and bouganvillia vines.

But if you are able to find it, not far from Popp's Fountain, and are persistent and courageous, you may be able to sift your way through the undergrowth to the spot where the deteriorating pedestal is all that remains of the bronze statue of Mona.

What remains of her ghost is anyone's guess.

This is passed down by some as the "other" Mona Lisa Lane story.

Sometime way back, a sailor in port met a young lady who was not very attractive but who had a mysterious smile like Mona Lisa. Wanting to have his way with her, he vowed his love for her, and she her body to him. When he was finished, he said that he had to ship out and really didn't love her at all. She made such protests that he killed her and threw her body into a nearby lagoon. It is said that when the moon is full, her ghost returns to the lovers' lane, and, in revenge, kills a young man out with his girl and throws his body into the lagoon.

 

More on Mona Lisa Lane can be found in our haunted guest book.

(Visit Here Now)

 

 


Visit The House Of Voodoo Now

Bianca The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Monkey and Cock Voodoo Voodoo Curio

Shouldn't you purchase yours now?

Know in Haunted New Orleans as the perfect gift for any occasion.

Buy your own, Now!

Monkey and Cock Voodoo Voodoo Curio

 



www.hauntedneworleanstours.com

MARDI GRAS

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Isn’t it about time for you to visit New Orleans to experience this city’s best party ever world wide first hand?

Mardi Gras 2007

New Orleans

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS PARADE PHOTOS 2006

 

 

Mona Lisa Lane is a true new Orleans urban myth.

 

Haunted Road in famous New Orleans City ParkMona Lisa Drive, as the cul de sac came to be commonly called, soon became unused and overgrown..
Mona Lisa Drive, as the cul de sac came to be commonly called.


One of the most beautiful fountains in New Orleans. no as the  Fountain where lovers meet iot is a  true gem in rough.
But if you are able to find it, not far from Popp's Fountain, and are persistent and courageous.


There have been stories told of these strange happenings for over 50 years. It comes in waves said one local resident. Carter Brown, Every so many years the Ghost of New Orleans City Park walk once more... And haunt the paths and roads of this inner city wonder.
Some have said that they have seen lovers sitting in this trolly entwined in a ghostly embrace. When they look again they are gone.

Several tourists and locals have said they have captured Ghostly images on their excursions through New Orleans City Park. It is like a bit of the swamp in the heart of the city.
And the hauntings are reported in all seasons but are especially prevalent in the Spring.

But if you are able to find it, not far from Popp's Fountain, and are persistent and courageous, you may be able to sift your way through the undergrowth to the spot where the deteriorating pedestal is all that remains of the bronze statue of Mona..
This is how the legend grew, Mona Lisa was haunting the darkened paths of City Park.

 

Please Read Our Disclaimer.


    Home Page  •  New Reports  •  Shop  •  Tours  •  Psychic Readings  •  Guest Book  •  Discount Travel  •  Submit Reports