We all know by now that there is paranormal activity happening all around us, so of course Mississippi is no exception! There are many different places all over the state which are reportedly haunted from cemeteries to hotel and everything in between. Some of the tales are creepy and terrifying while others are tragic.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most haunted places in Mississippi:
City Cemetery is said to be the home of a haunted statue! When Laura Kelly passed away in the late 1800s her husband was broken hearted. He decided to commission a statue in her honor. He spared no expense and hired a world famous sculptor to complete the task, even going so far as to send the artist his wife’s clothing to allow him to capture a realistic likeness! Once the statue was complete he built a third floor onto his home so that he could view the statue from his home. Mt Kelly loved his wife deeply and perhaps it was the passion that he poured into her memorial that left a mark on the statue, because a number of witnesses have reported seeing the statue of Laura Kelly weeping!
9. Chapel of the Cross Cemetery, Madison
Another cemetery which belongs on the list of the most haunted places in Mississippi is the Chapel of the Cross Cemetery in Madison. The most interesting tale is linked to the final resting place of Henry Grey Vick. Henry was actually killed in a duel just days before he was due to be married to Helen Johnstone. Helen was understandably distraught and reportedly wore her wedding gown to Henry’s funeral. There have been a number of witnesses who claim to have seen Helen’s ghost visiting Henry’s grave or sitting on a nearby bench always in her wedding dress!
8. Stuckey's Bridge, Enterprise
You may have heard of a group of outlaws known as The Dalton Gang who specialized in bank and train robberies? Well, legend has it that one of the members, known as Stuckey opened an inn close to the Chunky River. He would stand outside with a lantern in order to guide those traveling the river to his Inn. However, once everyone was asleep Stuckey would murder his guests, rob them and throw their bodies into the river. When his scheme was uncovered Stuckey was captured and hanged from the railings of the bridge. Now it seems that his restless soul haunts that very bridge. He has been seen walking with his lantern, still in search of new victims and he is sometimes seen hanging from the bridge as he did on the day of his execution. However, the most terrifying encounters are up close and personal, with one witness even claiming to have been pushed off of the bridge by an angry apparition!
7. King's Tavern, Natchez
King’s Tavern is the oldest standing building in Natchez so it understandably has a rich history – some of it paranormal! It is said that King’s Tavern is haunted by several ghosts including a lady named Madeline. It is believed that Madeline was the mistress of one of the original owners of the tavern. Some say that she was murdered by her lover’s wife, but in truth nobody really knows exactly what happened to her. However, in the 1930s there were three mummified bodies discovered in the cellar and one of them is assumed to be Madeline. Some of the strange phenomenon that have been reported in the tavern includes a phantom baby crying, strange reflections in the mirrors, and unoccupied beds being disturbed and feeling warm to the touch as if someone had been sleeping in it.
6. The Longfellow House, Pascagoula
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Pascagoula, Mississippi then you will find that the haunting of The Longfellow House is always a popular topic with the locals! Local legends say that the culprit behind the paranormal activity in the house is the spirit of a slave who once worked in the house. It has been suggested that on one occasion he was beaten almost to the point of death before being send off into the woods to die. It seems that this brutal treatment from his employers has bound his spirit to the property and he is often heard moving around upstairs. He is said to be very angry, which is probably quite understandable given the manner of his death, and he is often violent and has pushed and slapped some of the employees.
5. Kuhn Memorial State Hospital, Vicksburg
Another one of the most haunted places in Mississippi is Kuhn Memorial State Hospital. The hospital was closed for good back in 1989 and it has laid vacant ever since. Well, almost vacant! Ever since it closed its doors, the hospital has attracted paranormal enthusiasts from all over the country and it has even been featured on the television series ‘Ghost Asylum’.Some of the strange occurrences recorded there includethe disembodied voice of a little girl asking if investigators, ‘want to come play with me?’ and the world help suddenly appearing written backwards in the dusty floor of the embalming room!
4. Waverly Mansion, West Point
There are said to be a number of different ghosts haunting Waverly Mansion, but one of the most unsettling is an apparition of a small girl who is searching for her mother. As well as manifesting visibly, there have been lots of occasions where people have actually heard her calling out for her Mama as well. The little girl has even been known to take naps in one of the upstairs bedrooms, leaving behind an indent in the bed!
3. Grand Opera House, Meridian
The Grand Opera House in Meridian is certainly the perfect venue for a wide variety of entertainment, but it is also one of the most haunted places in Mississippi. The opera house is actually said to be haunted by some long dead performer! When the building is quiet, staff often hear the sound of a female apparition singing in the main house. It is not clear who she was in life, but what is certain is that she has no intention of giving up her performing days just because she is no longer among the living!
2. Garden of Hope Cemetery, Gautier
Mississippi certainly has more than its fair share of haunted burial grounds! Garden of Hope cemetery is not only one of the most haunted places in Mississippi, but it is also considered to be one of the most haunted graveyards in the whole of the United States. There are several spirits connected to the cemetery which have contributed to the cemetery’s reputation. One of the spirits that is often seen is a young and pretty friendly female spirit that is known as Cheryl Anne. There is also reports of a man believed to be her father, Hal, who apparently murdered Cheryl Anne, her mom and her siblings! He is said to come out of his grave, steal the floral tributes from other graves and then return to his own with the ‘loot’! Some visitors to the cemetery have also encountered another spirit known as Bloody Sarah. It is said that this apparition runs into the road making motorists think that they have knocked run someone over. She finds this highly amusing and laughs maniacally throughout the incident!
1. McRaven, Vicksburg
McRaven is considered to be the most haunted house in Mississippi and is also ranked as the third most haunted house in the entire United States! It has been featured in a variety of different paranormal themed television programs too. When you take a deeper look into the history of the property it is actually very easy to see why McRaven is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Mississippi. Several former residents have died inside the house with one of them actually being murdered in the house. In addition to this, the mansion also served as a Confederate hospital back in the Civil War. Over the years there have been thousands of reports of paranormal activity from a variety of witnesses. Some of the many apparitions that have been spotted in the house include civil war soldiers, Native Americans and even some of the previous owners.