With such a rich history, it’s not surprising that Mississippi is home to quite a few notorious haunts. Most of the state’s spooky sites are open for tours, and some, even allow you to stay the night. From haunted mansions to an overnight paranormal investigation, these 10 places in Mississippi are perfect for a spooky slumber.
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1. Cedar Grove Mansion
As one of the most haunted hotels in Mississippi, a stay at Vicksburg’s Cedar Grove Mansion is not for the faint of heart. The historic home is believed to be haunted by former residents, the Kleins, as well as a few Civil War soldiers, who were treated in the home during its time as a Union hospital. Throughout the years, both staff and guests have experienced all sorts of supernatural phenomena – from phantom footsteps to wandering apparitions. Visit the haunted inn at 2200 Oak St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.
2. Monmouth Historic Inn
Located in Natchez, Monmouth Plantation is one of the South’s most haunted hotels. Since being built in the 1800s, the home has had several occupants, and it looks like one of them, General John A. Quitman, never left. Guests of the current day bed and breakfast have reported seeing the General, dressed in a military uniform, inspecting the grounds. A few guests have even reported being woken up by him checking on them in their rooms. Visit the inn at 1358 John A Quitman Blvd., Natchez, MS 39120.
3. Deer Island
For a uniquely frightening overnight experience, head out to Deer Island and do some primitive camping. The 400-acre island spawned not one, but two, of the state’s most mysterious entities, the "Ghost of Deer Island" and the "Firewater Ghost." Since the island is so close to Biloxi’s coast line, it’s easily accessible with a small boat.
4. Anchuca Historic Mansion and Inn
Not only is this mansion one of Vicksburg’s most significant antebellum homes, it’s also one of the most haunted. Proof that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," this historic mansion is allegedly haunted by a daughter of the original owner, Richard Archer. According to legend, Archer wouldn’t let his daughter marry the love of her life, and for that, she is eternally resentful. Throughout the years, the spirit of the heartbroken woman has been seen in several locations throughout the home. Visit Anchuca at 2513, 1010 1st E St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.
5. The Mississippi House
Tucked away in the small town of Florence, you’ll find the Mississippi House. The home has experienced so much paranormal activity that it’s been dubbed "the little red house where ghosts live." For years, paranormal teams conducted overnight investigations in the home, and now the option is available to the public, too. An overnight ghost hunt, which includes an informative tour, is $75. Click
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6. Lincoln Home Bed and Breakfast
Please note, Lincoln Home Bed and Breakfast has permanently closed.
Originally constructed in the 1830’s, this home served as the first residence of the city’s mayor. Once restored it became a popular bed and breakfast – for both the living and non-living. Guests have reported seeing a woman in a white dress roaming the halls as well as seeing some type of hovering cloud moving around the parlor. Visit the bed and breakfast at 714 3rd Ave., Columbus, MS 39701.
7. Witch Dance
Located at milepost 233.2 on the Natchez Trace, it's said that this spot was once the site of nighttime ceremonies held by witches. According to legend, wherever the witches' feet touched the ground during their nightly rituals, the grass would wither and die, never to grow again. Both locals and travelers thought the barren spots were cursed, so they avoided them at all costs. Today, it's a primitive campground that's perfect for an eerie overnight trip. Just remember to keep your ears open; it's been said that chanting and the beating of drums can be heard during a full moon.
8. Duff Green Mansion
Since its construction in 1856, this mansion has served many purposes, including a hospital and home for soldiers during the Civil War, orphanage, and private residence. With so much history, it's not surprising that Duff Green is one of the state's most haunted hotels. There are several paranormal stories linked to the mansion. In addition to the wandering ghost of Annie Green, a former resident who died at the age of six, a phantom Confederate soldier roams the mansion's halls. But the most startling incident is the sudden appearance of blood stained floors. Visit the mansion at 1114 1st E St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.
9. Linden Bed and Breakfast
With its origins dating back to the 1700s, Linden is one of the most historic spots in Mississippi. It's also one of the most haunted. A phantom horse-drawn carriage, along with what sounds like someone tapping a cane, has been reported on several occasions. But that's not all. Two apparitions, a man and a woman, haunt the property. The man often appears in a bedroom, while the woman has been seen jumping from the roof and disappearing into thin air before hitting the ground. Visit the bed and breakfast at 1 Conner Cir., Natchez, MS 39120.
10. Generals’ Quarters Bed and Breakfast Inn
This Corinth inn was first opened in 1872 as a church. Over the years, the building served as a restaurant, bar, and private residence. Now a popular inn, it’s known for its rich history and supernatural activity. The spooky happenings have included lights turning on and off by themselves and doors opening and closing at will. Disembodied footsteps are also a common occurrence. It’s said that the phantom footsteps are those of a former servant who died inside the inn after slipping and falling down a flight of stairs. Visit the bed and breakfast at 924 N Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834.
So, ever stayed at any of these spooky spots? Know of another place that’s great for an eerie overnight stay? Tell us in the comments section!