Behind the wrought-iron gates at 1445 Harrison Street in Vicksburg sits the notorious McRaven home. Dubbed “the most haunted house in Mississippi,” the McRaven House has been attracting paranormal activity since the late 1700s. At least five residents have died in the house during its remarkable history. People claim all five still reside there. During the Civil War, the McRaven House was a makeshift hospital for Confederate forces, which explains the 11 unidentified bodies buried around the property.

Since being built in the late 1700s, ownership of the home has changed several times, but one thing has remained the same – it is a magnet for paranormal activity. McRaven has earned the title “the most haunted house in Mississippi from unexplainable occurrences to malevolent spirits.”

In 1797, McRaven was a simple two-story dwelling, consisting of a kitchen on the first floor and a bedroom on the second. At the time, it belonged to notorious criminal Andrew Glass, who was known for robbing and murdering unsuspecting travelers on the Natchez Trace. Since there were no stairs, the second floor was only accessible by a ladder – a ladder never left out because Glass feared other criminals or the law would come for him. According to local legend, Glass returned home one night after being shot, pulled up the ladder, and had his wife “finish him off” so he wouldn’t be hung. Glass was the first person to die in McRaven but not the last.

By 1836, the Vicksburg home belonged to Sheriff Steven Howard and his wife, Mary Elizabeth. The new owners closed in a balcony and added a set of stairs, a dining room, two side balconies, and an upstairs bedroom. Local records indicate that Mary Elizabeth died in the upstairs bedroom soon after giving birth to the couple’s son.

McRaven’s final renovations came in 1849 when John H. Bobb from Philadelphia acquired the home. Mr. Bobb added a front entry area, parlor, flying wing staircase, upstairs bedroom, and a dressing area. Because portions of McRaven were constructed at different times and exhibit varying architectural styles, the home is sometimes known as a “time capsule of the south.”

McRaven became a makeshift hospital during the Siege of Vicksburg. As you can imagine, much death occurred while McRaven was a hospital.

According to local legend, John H. Bobb caught some Union soldiers tampering with his crops, became enraged, and threw a brick at one of them. Seeking revenge, the soldiers returned later that night and killed Bobb, making him the third resident to die at McRaven.

In 1960, McRaven went up for sale. It had become so overgrown with weeds and vines that many residents were unaware of its existence, but the new owners, the Bradleys, saw McRaven’s potential, restored the home, and opened it for tours. Not long after,  the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1984, Mr. Leyland French purchased McRaven, making him the first to reside in the home in over two decades. French had several frightening supernatural encounters while living in McRaven. In one instance, the ghost of former resident Mr. Murray chased him. Not long after, French was pushed to the ground by an unseen force. He fell face first, broke his glasses, and required stitches. Another time, a drawer mysteriously slammed on French’s hands with such force that it broke both of his thumbs. This last instance persuaded him to move from McRaven.

French’s supernatural encounters were only the beginning. In the years that followed, the Vicksburg home became the site of numerous unexplainable mysteries, such as doors slamming, lights flickering on and off, alarm clocks going off in the middle of the night, and of course, sightings of former occupants.

One of the home’s most haunted rooms is the upstairs bedroom in which Mary Elizabeth passed away. Witnesses have reported lights in the room turning on and off by themselves and the impression of a body suddenly appearing on the bed. For quite some time, Mary Elizabeth’s wedding shawl was on display in the home. Several visitors claimed to feel a presence pulling the shawl from their hands. Another hotspot for paranormal activity is Mr. Glass’s old room. In one instance, a tour guide was in the room when a chair suddenly slammed to the ground on its own.

Mr. Bobb has been seen on several different occasions, even appearing in the middle of a tour!

Since McRaven played such an essential role in the Civil War, several spirits may be fallen soldiers.

Several witnesses have spotted the spirit of a teenage girl. She is commonly spotted in one of the bedrooms as well as on this staircase.

McRaven’s paranormal activity has been documented by A&E, The Travel Channel, and 48 Hours.

If you are up for an actively haunted house, this one’s for you.

Until Next Time,

Sources: www.definition.org/creepiest-homes-americahttps://www.onlyinyourstate.com/mississippi/mcraven-ms/

 

 

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There are certain places you don’t go after dark, and Bragg Road in Saratoga, Texas, seems to be one of them. Located in Hardin County Park, in Southeast Texas, Bragg Road (aka Ghost Road Scenic Drive) is 7.8 miles long. This dark, unpaved road outside of Saratoga is pure legend. Some mysterious lights appear and disappear at random during the dark of night without explanation.

This isolated road in the Big Thicket’s heart is unpaved, dry and dusty, but straight as a ruler. Ghost Road’s name comes after many tales centered around a ghostly light said to be seen after dark.  Drivers on this road say they’ve spotted mysterious lights that randomly turn on and off throughout the night.

This pencil-straight stretch of road was formally the railroad track site, which formed part of the Santa Fe line from Bragg Station to Saratoga. After the railroad became obsolete in 1934, the tracks were removed. But the trail remained useful. It became a link road for cars and trucks moving to and from Saratoga.

Legend has it that back when Bragg Road was a railroad route, a conductor lost his head in a tragic derailing accident. Now, he’s eternally doomed to haunt the area, making his presence known by shining the lantern that hung in the front of the train.

Another story describes the light as the ghost of a mourning husband searching for his bride. She was mysteriously murdered while the couple was honeymooning at the Bragg Hotel, which used to exist at the end of the road.

No matter the reason for the ghostly lights, The Ghost Road is a definite destination to add to your haunted travels list.

Sources: The Hartford Extra Mile; onlyinyourstate.com; dangerousroads.org

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The Grove (also known as the Stilley-Young House), is an 1861 historic home in Jefferson, Texas. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. In addition, The Grove house has been called the most haunted place in Texas.

The Grove’s history dates back to the 19th century when the property was purchased and the house that became known as “The Grove” was built. It has been featured in the television series, "If Walls Could Talk" on the cable channel HGTV. It was selected “as one of the top twelve most haunted houses in America” by “This Old House,” and was also named as one of the "eight scariest places in Texas" by "Texas Monthly" magazine. These are just a few documentations about The Grove.

The Grove has a vibrant history of unexplained happenings: voices, sounds of footsteps, moving objects, and other ghostly phenomena. These stories indicate that The Grove is the most haunted building in Jefferson, and perhaps the most haunted site in Texas. According to Patrick J. Hopkins, a previous owner who turned The Grove into a restaurant, many mysterious events occurred while he was at the house. These events include mirrors falling off walls, loud wails heard coming from the upstairs, unexplained moisture in spots around the house, and the constant feeling of being watched. “Legend has it that the property lies in an area where several murders occurred, and several unmarked graves reportedly lie under or near the house”. Hopkins’s niece and her friends recall seeing a black man lying in the street, and as they went to see if he needed help, the man supposedly disappeared. This black man could have been a man rumored to have been hanged on the back porch of the house.

A ghostly woman has also been reported many times being around The Grove. She was spotted in the house by Hopkins right before he was opening up the restaurant. The woman has also been reported by a neighbor and her sister, who saw a “glowing white figure” on the porch. This woman has been said to be the original owner, Minerva Fox Stilley. She has often been seen walking beside the house and then stepping up through a wall of the house. On the inside, she emerges from the wall and then walks across the width of the house. This strange path makes more sense when one considers that the wall that she steps up through was once the back porch to the house before an 1870 addition was made. Instead of stepping up through a wall, she instead is probably stepping up onto the back porch, coming through a door that was at the back of the house, and walking across to what would have been the children's bedroom.

The most haunted location in Texas? Who knows. What is sure? The Grove is rich in history (see Wikipedia.org) and has been a place of supernatural experiences for many people over the years. I get goosebumps just thinking about visiting it. You?

Source: Wikipedia.org

 

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As Dennis Bardens writes in Ghosts and Hauntings, “The harbingers of death, or death visitants, are those spectres whose coming presages doom or disaster, either immediate or imminent. There is a strong supposition that on occasion, telepathy—contact between two minds separated by distance, but habitually in sympathy—plays a part.”

Here is a statement made to Mr. Bardens by Mrs. Maureen Hayter of Baltimore, Maryland:

‘In November 1942, I was living in Minnesota with my three children while my husband, Lieutenant Commander Hubert Montgomery Hayter, U.S.N., was far away in the Pacific. (He was forty-one on October 17th and was First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer in the heavy cruiser U.S.S. New Orleans.) One night I was awakened by a terrific jar, so violent that I got up and went downstairs to investigate. I found nothing amiss and again retired. Suddenly my husband was beside me, and we were bathed in a heavy mist. But his arms were protectively about me. We had been months apart, and now I had such a sense of that protection and of being reunited. I looked up into his face. There was a look of ineffable longing and of sadness. I touched his cheek, and it was so cold. Next morning I decided that it had been a comforting dream, for I had not heard from him for some days. I was strengthened and buoyed up by it. Days passed, then I recalled his expression and the cold I’d felt with foreboding. Thus, when I received the fateful telegram announcing that he had been killed in action, I felt that I had been forewarned and given the needed courage to meet the disaster. Checking back, it had all occurred on November 30th, when the Battle of Tassafaronga took place, and when he perished courageously after saving all his men. I am not a dreamer, and I firmly believe that his heroic spirit and presence was transmitted across those many miles to reassure and sustain me. It was truly a final farewell.’

Source: Dennis Bardens’ Ghosts and Hauntings

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Kennecott’s ramshackle ghost town is a mining town abruptly abandoned in 1938 when the copper mines shut down. It’s now a part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the country. To get there, visitors drive 60 miles through the wilderness, down the gravel McCarthy Road, along the old Copper River and Northwestern Railway tracks.

Reports of paranormal activity along the abandoned tracks abound and have for decades. That’s not all that makes it one of the most haunted places in America. Some claim to have seen old tombstones along the route. The gravestones then vanish by the time the visitors make their return trip. Others have reported hearing disembodied voices and phantom children laughing. Reportedly, a 1990s construction project here halted after workers were scared away by spooky sounds and inexplicable events.

If you make your way to Alaska, the breathtaking scenery along the drive to the Kennecott mine is worth the drive. Just be ready to see some sights—both physical and ethereal—that may take your breath away.

Source: Hartford Extra Mile (extramile.thehartford.com)

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