The historic Austen Place Mansion will host Halloween tours on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, 6-8 p.m. Guided tours exploring the three-story 9,000 square-foot-house will begin every 20 minutes. Admission is $10 and tours last approximately thirty minutes. Reservations are not necessary. Tour admission is cash only and debit and credit cards will not be accepted.
Take this tour and decide for yourself whether or not the Austen Place Bed and Breakfast is haunted. The owner will tell the ghost stories from the many patrons that the mansion has seen over the years. Some claim to have seen the original owner's wife, Mrs. Ogilvie, and report many other strange occurrences in the house such as antique dolls being moved without an explanation.
Built in 1897, this historic mansion was originally a private home. The Austen Place Bed and Breakfast, also known as the historic Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion, is best known as the former Florentine Club. The private supper club was known nationally by celebrities such as John Wayne, Bette Davis, Doris Day, and William Holden. The Florentine operated until 1960, closing due to financial troubles.
Recently, the house has drawn interest for its appearance in the opening credits of the HBO series "True Blood" and the feature film "The East." BLOOD.
The house went through numerous reincarnations and began a series of owners until 2011 when it was purchased by John and Debbie Bryant of Shreveport. Renovations are still underway to convert the historic mansion into a bed and breakfast.
This year, the Logan Mansion and the Austen Place Mansion will be offering Halloween Tours during the same time. The Logan Mansion is located across the street from the Austen Place Mansion at 725 Austen Place, Shreveport. Guests can take a Historic Halloween tour at two of the finest and most famous Victorian homes in Downtown Shreveport. Enjoy all the decorations and hear some ghost tales and haunts as you walk through. You will take a step back in time during the tour of these two beautiful Queen Anne Victorian Mansions. Both homes will be open Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person per home. No reservations are needed and tickets will be sold at the door.