LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Beauregard Historic Jail will begin offering tours in November, but brave visitors will be able to get an early glimpse inside the landmark next month when it opens as a haunted house attraction.
Tourism commission director Lori Darbonne said the holiday was just too good to pass on for an early opening, and that she is going “all out” to make the event a great one.
“With all the lore and legends surrounding the jail, we thought it was just a perfect way to open it to the public,” she said.
Soldiers from Fort Polk have volunteered to help decorate and prepare for the event, which will begin on Oct. 15, and they will remain to operate the special “haunts.”
“They are so dedicated to this and excited to be a part of something that will bring fun and excitement to an entire community that it has really motivated myself and everyone else here at the commission to do the best that we can with the attraction,” Darbonne said.
In addition to planning the Halloween event, Darbonne is finalizing plans for the jail’s official opening as a museum.
She said the jail will serve as an interpretive center, where visitors will learn about area myths and legends. Two tours will be offered daily, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“We will be using animatronics to make the tour as interactive as possible,” she said. “There is nothing more disappointing to me than walking into a museum and then having to learn its history by reading a plaque on a wall. I want visitors to be entertained when they come through our jail and hear its stories.”
For more information on the haunted house, call the tourism commission at 337-463-5534.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com