Interview date: 10.22.13
The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden is a historic house located in New Orleans' French Quarter. Built in 1826, it was the home of Louisiana-born Confederate General P T Beauregard. In the 1940s, Frances Parkinson-Keyes, author of Dinner at Antoine's, the famous mystery novel set in New Orleans, purchased and restored the house and its adjacent gardens. The prolific writer, who authored 51 books, lived in the home until her death on July 3, 1970. According to some, the Beauregard-Keyes House has a very unusual ghost. In this podcast, tour guide Ott Howell tells us about the ghost. He also explains why the large home has only two bedrooms. Mrs. Keyes was an avid collector; Howell describes some of the objects that fill the house, such as her doll and fan collections, photographs, and antique paintings.
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