Paranormal activity happens just about everywhere and Mississippi is no exception. There are countless reports of supernatural happenings occurring in several places throughout the state; and while all of these occurrences are creepy, there are always those stories that standout. So if you’re ready for a scare (or just want to know which places to avoid), read on.
1. Callaway Hall at the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus
The dormitory is supposedly haunted by a ghost named Mary. Not only can Mary often be seen peering out of the top floor window looking for her lost love, but she has also been spotted sitting on the beds weeping…while their occupants are asleep. A terrifying wake-up call to say the least.
2. King’s Tavern, Natchez
Built in the late 1700’s, King’s Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Natchez. According to hundreds of witnesses, the building is haunted by a ghost named Madeline (pictured above), the mistress of the original owner. The remains of Madeline were found bricked into the building’s fireplace – an act supposedly executed by the scorned wife of Madeline’s lover.
3. McRaven Tour Home, Vicksburg
McRaven is not only the oldest home in Vicksburg, but it has also earned the title of the most haunted home in the entire state. Thousands of witnesses have reported seeing more than a dozen different spirits in the home which include Civil War soldiers, former owners of the home, and even Native American Indians.
4. Merrehope, Meridian
Built in the
mid-1800’s, this antebellum home is believed to be haunted by two spirits - a man and a woman. The man, who reportedly committed suicide in the home, can still be heard walking around in the bedroom in which he took his life. While it is not known exactly how the female spirit is linked to the home, she started appearing once an antique photo was placed in the home.
5. Grand Opera House, Meridian
Meridian’s Grand Opera House provides the perfect setting for a variety of entertainment. That apparently includes entertainment from out of this world as the building is haunted by the ghost of a singing lady. When the building is quiet, the musically-inclined apparition can be heard performing in the main house.
6. The Longfellow House (a.k.a. Bellevue), Pascagoula
The haunting of the Longfellow House has been a popular topic of conversation amongst Pascagoula natives for years. Legend has it that a slave who worked in the home was beaten nearly to death and sent into the woods to die. It is this slave that is believed to haunt the Longfellow House, and can often be heard moving around in the upstairs area of the home. It appears that the spirit is still angry as he has reportedly gotten violent on several occasions, pushing down one employee and slapping another.
7. Lyric Theater, Tupelo
In the late 1930’s, the city of Tupelo was struck by a deadly tornado. Being one of only two large buildings left standing, the Lyric Theater served as a makeshift hospital used to treat the injured. Unfortunately, several residents lost their lives in the theater and, as it turns out, some of the victims are still lingering. One spirit in particular, Antoine, has been known to move things around and, on several occasions, has been heard humming.
8. Stuckey’s Bridge, Meridian
Legend has it that a man by the name of Stuckey ran a local inn, and just so happened to be in the habit of robbing and murdering his guests. After killing several customers, Stuckey was caught and hung from this bridge with his lifeless body left up for quite some time before finally being cut down. Visitors to the area have reported seeing the ghost of Stuckey roaming the riverbank with a lantern in hand while others have reported seeing his ghost hanging from the bridge followed by a splashing sound.
9. Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia
During the 1960’s, Philadelphia High School was in the process of being integrated. This task proved to be quite daunting and took a toll on the school’s superintendent, Mr. Hurdle. Succumbing to the pressure, Mr. Hurdle chose to take his own life. Following this tragic event, numerous witnesses have observed the ex-employee roaming the halls near his former office as well as seeing the office lights go on and off by themselves and the door slamming shut.
Have you visited any of these places? Or had a paranormal experience somewhere in Mississippi that’s not on the list? Share all the spine-tingling details/pictures below.