Mississippians are born storytellers, and ghost stories are no exception. Scary legends, eerie occurrences and mysterious reports of the supernatural haunt our state. We’ve gathered a few of Mississippi’s scariest places to gear up for the spookiest time of the year, but these are just a few. You can find local accounts of the paranormal in nearly every corner of Mississippi.
1. King’s Tavern, Natchez
Featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures, King’s Tavern in Natchez is well known as the city’s oldest standing building. According to local legend, workers were performing a renovation on the tavern’s fireplace in the 1930s when they discovered a space behind the wall holding the remains of three bodies. One of the bodies was said to have been the mistress of the tavern’s original owner. Guests report seeing images in the tavern’s mirrors and hearing a crying baby in the restaurant. The tavern and inn are still operating today.
2. McRaven, Vicksburg
Known as “Mississippi’s Most Haunted House,” the grounds of McRaven Tour Home served as a Confederate campsite and field hospital. At least five people have died in McRaven. The remains of eleven, likely confederate soldiers, are buried on the property. Mary Elizabeth Howard, who died during childbirth in the upstairs middle bedroom in 1836, is said to be the most active spirit in the house. Her apparition has reportedly appeared to numerous witnesses. Other former occupants who have made posthumous appearances are John Bobb, murdered by Union soldiers near McRaven in 1864 and William Murray, who died in the home in 1911.
3. Mont Helena, Rolling Fork
Mont Helena, a colonial revival home in Rolling Fork, has a long-running reputation as haunted. Built as the retirement home for Helen and George Harris in 1896, the home sits atop a ceremonial Indian mound in the Delta region. During its early years, Mont Helena was one of the premier homes of the Delta. Locals recount sightings of a lady dressed in a white gown looking out of windows or standing in the front yard. The property has been investigated by the Mississippi Paranormal Society, with recorded electronic voice phenomena captured, shadowed figures observed and orbs seen in photos.
4. Rowan Oak, Oxford
Home of esteemed writer William Faulkner, Rowan Oak is one of Mississippi’s top literary attractions. The Greek revival style home was built in the mid-1800s and has been preserved as Faulkner left it. Legend has it Judith Sheegog, the only daughter of the home’s original owner who fell to her death from a bedroom balcony, haunts the property. However, many locals believe Faulkner himself crafted the tale of Judith Sheegog. Faulkner’s own spirit is said to roam the halls as well and has been seen writing on the wall in his office.
5. Waynesboro Shubuta Road a.k.a. Devil Worshiper Road, Waynesboro
Many local stories surround the history of this road in Waynesboro. Paranormal experiences have been said to occur along its entire length. Some believe the haunting is a result of occult sacrifices, which allegedly took place in the area. Other tales involve the legend of Goat Man, a farmer who sold his soul to the devil and was transformed into a demonic creature. Reports of car engines suddenly dying, the appearance of shadowy figures, cars violently shaking and mysterious handprints appearing on windows have been made near the road.
6. Stuckey’s Bridge, Enterprise
As legend has it, a left-behind member of the infamous Dalton gang, a man by the name of Stuckey, frequently robbed and murdered travelers in the southwestern corner of Lauderdale County. In 1850, Stuckey was finally caught and hanged from the bridge. Visitors to the area have reported seeing the ghost of Stuckey roaming the riverbank with a lantern in hand. Others have reported seeing his apparition hanging from the bridge.
7. Vicksburg Military Park, Vicksburg
Vicksburg National Military Park may still play host to the soldiers of the past. Visitors have reported hearing sounds of battle, cannon fire, horses, orders issued and screams of the wounded over the empty fields. Ghosts of troops have been spotted along the tree line or walking the grounds. There are even reports of the smell of smoke and gunpowder.
8. Friendship Cemetery, Columbus
Established in 1849, Friendship Cemetery is the final resting place of local citizens and soldiers who fell at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh in 1862. A Confederate soldier is said to still walk through the military section of the cemetery. Visitors to the cemetery are also attracted to the weeping angel standing over the grave of the Reverend Thomas Teasdale. Grasp the angel’s hand; some have remarked it feels lifelike.