“One day I’m going to die and take the whole town with me.” So said Voodoo queen Julia Brown in regards to the small town of Frenier, Louisiana. But was it a curse or a prediction? Was Julia an outcast and a pariah, shunned by the townspeople, or did these people, lacking a town doctor or hospital, seek out Julia’s help whenever someone fell ill? It depends on who you ask. (Personally I doubt the curse part of it.) Either way, the prediction came true when, on the day of Julia’s funeral on September 29, 1915, a major hurricane swept the towns of Frenier and nearby Ruddock and Napton off the map.
Today the only way to see the site of Frenier is by taking a tour from Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, which I did, and I highly recommend, if you’re ever in the area.