With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a good scare. Haunted houses and attractions are popping up all over the place, but since Mississippi is one of the most haunted states in the country, there are plenty of real haunted sites to visit. From eerie graveyards to haunted mansions, this road trip will lead you to some of the scariest places in the state.
Spanning 800 miles with a driving time just under 14 hours, you’ll definitely want to break this trip up into two or more days. Luckily, there are a couple of haunted hotels along the way, which will fit in perfectly with the creepy itinerary.
1. Seymour Cemetery a.k.a. Rock and Roll Graveyard - Bayou Talla Rd., Gulf Hills
Start off your haunted road trip with a visit to this secluded cemetery. Located down a long dirt road, surrounded by woods, the cemetery is beyond creepy. In order to enter the graveyard, you’ll have to pass through a gate, which, according to several visitors, forcibly closed on them while trying to exit. It has also been reported that a lady in white is present and, oftentimes, gets way too close for comfort.
2. Franklin Cemetery a.k.a. Garden of Hope Cemetery, Gautier - 2813 Chamberlain Rd., Gautier
Next stop, the historic Franklin Cemetery, which is considered one of the most haunted in the entire country. This cemetery is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including Bloody Sarah – a menacing spirit that runs into the road, giving drivers the impression they’ve run over her. According to witnesses, she can be heard insanely cackling throughout the entire ordeal. Visitors have also claimed to see the spirits of children running through the graveyard with the sounds of their giggles echoing in the air.
3. Palestine Cemetery - 2336 Palestine Rd., Picayune
Located in Picayune, this secluded cemetery is reportedly haunted by a woman in a white wedding gown. According to local legend, the woman committed suicide after being jilted at the altar. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when visiting this cemetery because many visitors have reported seeing the phantom bride running toward them with her arms wide open.
4. Deason House - 410 Anderson St., Ellisville
The supernatural activities associated with this historic property date back to October 5, 1863, when Newton Knight shot Major McLemore inside the home. McLemore bled to death on the floor of the bedroom, leaving behind a bloodstain that soaked though the floorboards to the slab below. In recent years, the bloodstain was scrubbed and scrubbed but returned every time it rained. Eventually the floorboards were replaced; however, that wasn’t the only unusual occurrence that’s taken place in the home. According to paranormal investigators, there are at least five spirits in the historic home, many of which have acted violently. Phantom voices as well as spirits in period clothing have also been associated with the property. For more information, click
5. Monmouth - 1358 John A. Quitman Blvd., Natchez
Now a bed and breakfast, this Natchez plantation was recently named one of the South’s most haunted hotels, making it a great place for an overnight stop. The historic home is supposedly haunted by the ghost of former owner, General John A. Quitman. The phantom general first made his presence known when the home was being renovated by new owners. Throughout the years, the general has been spotted numerous times in guests’ rooms as well as walking the grounds. For more information, click
6. McRaven House - 1445 Harrison St., Vicksburg
Named "the most haunted house in Mississippi," McRaven is a must-visit on this haunted road trip. The home’s paranormal activity has been documented by A&E, The Travel Channel, and 48 Hours. And with the home’s history, supernatural occurrences come as no surprise - several of McRaven’s past residents died in the home, one owner was actually murdered on the property, and during the Civil War, the mansion served as a Confederate hospital. If touring this haunted home isn’t scary enough for you, there’s also the option of taking part in a paranormal investigation. For more information, click
7. Duff Green Mansion - 1114 1st E. St., Vicksburg
Loaded with history and paranormal activity, this Vicksburg mansion served as a hospital during the Civil War, which undoubtedly has something to do with the strange occurrences that have taken place within its walls. The ghost of the home’s original owner as well as phantom soldiers, who most likely lost their lives in the home, have been spotted numerous times. One soldier in particular, a Confederate with a missing leg, can often be found sitting in front of the fireplace. This is also a great choice for a spooky overnight stay, especially since tours of the home are complimentary for overnight guests. For more information, click
8. Lochinvar - MS Hwy. 15 S., Pontotoc
According to Mississippi folklore, this historic home is still under the watchful eye of a phantom caretaker. As the story goes, the owner of the home, Robert Gordon, went off to fight in the Civil War, and before leaving, asked his good friend, Uncle Eb, to look after the property. Taking his role seriously, Uncle Eb walked the property every night with a lantern in hand. One dark, stormy night, he was roused from his sleep by a strange noise and went out to investigate. Less than a week later, Uncle Eb died from pneumonia. Many believe that since Uncle Eb died before Gordon returned home from war and before his guardianship was officially over, he has not been able to rest in peace, which is why his spirit still watches over the property. According to locals, Uncle Eb’s oil lantern can still be seen floating around the grounds at night.
9. Devil Worshipper Road – Old River Rd., Waynesboro
There are numerous stories of supernatural happenings associated with this long stretch of road. Some believe the haunting is the result of a satanic cult that once murdered and sacrificed in the area. Others attribute the eerie occurrences to Goat Man, a local farmer who sold his soul to the devil. The demonic creature is said to be seven feet tall, with glowing eyes and a pitchfork in hand. Witnesses have reported all kinds of strange happenings while on this road, such as car engines suddenly turning off, a feeling of being watched, the appearance of shadowy figures, vehicles being shaken, and phantom handprints appearing on the vehicle. Other witnesses have actually had run-ins with Goat Man, who is said to appear in front of stopped cars, staring intently at the occupants.
10. Merrehope, 905 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Meridian
Built in the mid-1800s, this historic 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 the bedroom in which he took his life. To this day, it remains a mystery as to who the female spirit is and how she’s linked to the home; however, she started appearing once an antique photo was hung inside the home. For more information, click
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