The Notorious Mississippi Family You Won’t Learn About In History Books

The story of Sullivan’s Hollow is an interesting one to say the least. Local legends, the Sullivans, are by far one of the most notorious families in Mississippi’s history. The land they once inhabited is still alive with the tales of the family and their way of life, which was comparable to that of the Wild West. Read on to learn all about the colorful, and sometimes unbelievable, Sullivan family history.

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Lastly, a special thanks to Brad Sharp for providing the pictures used in this article. Brad put together a documentary film about the area. For more information about the project, visit the Sullivan’s Hollow Documentary Facebook Page.

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March 18, 2021

Does Mississippi history include any other unusual tales?

One of the most unusual tales from Mississippi history goes back to the Civil War, when Jones County may or may not have seceded from the state. The story begins with Newton Knight, who, along with many other Jones County residents, did not agree with Mississippi’s secession from the Union in 1861. Eventually, Knight and several other men deserted their posts and returned home to Jones County, waging war against the Confederacy. With the help of locals of all races, Knight and about 125 men evaded capture by the Confederate Army. In 1864, the Natchez Courier reported that Knight and his men sent Union General Sherman a “Declaration of Independence.” Part of Newton Knight’s story lives on today at the Deason Home.

What are the scariest characters from Mississippi folklore?

There are some characters from Mississippi folklore that are sure to make your hair stand on end. One such character is the Three-Legged Lady, who is said to haunt Nash Road in Columbus. However, she doesn’t just haunt the area; she torments drivers by chasing their cars down the dark roadway. According to local lore, motorists who want to see the Three-Legged Lady should stop on Nash Road, turn off the headlights, and honk the horn three times – at which point the Three-Legged Lady knocks on the roof of the car and then races the driver to the end of the road, hitting the car with her body the entire time. The Goat Man is another terrifying character that taunts Mississippi motorists. Associated with Waynesboro Shubuta Road, which has come to be known as Devil Worshiper Road, the Goat Man is like something from a nightmare. The half-man-half-goat demonic creature is said to be 7’ tall with glowing eyes and a pitchfork in hand.

Are there any unique historic sites in Mississippi?

There are lots of unique historic sites in Mississippi. One that shouldn’t be missed is the abandoned POW Camp in Saucier. Sure to delight avid hikers and history buffs alike, it can be reached via the Tuxachanie Trail, which spans 12 miles and includes plenty of beautiful views before coming to an end at the abandoned POW camp from WWII. And don’t let the 12-mile length deter you. There are three different trailheads, so you can shorten the route or even drive straight to the POW camp. Chalk Mine Hollow, an abandoned chalk mine in Iuka, is another unique historic site in Mississippi that, surprisingly, many residents don’t know about. Although the exact year is unknown, it’s believed the mine was in operation by 1890, if not earlier. During its working years, chunks of chalk were removed from the mine by railcar and transported across the nearby creek by a tramway. Today, the mine is located on private property; however, the owners are kind enough to allow the public to visit. Pretty impressive, the mine is roughly the size of a Wal-Mart with several long tunnels and passageways, so remember to bring a flashlight.