Unexplained things are happening in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Once a major player in the American Civil War, Vicksburg is now a sleepy little town filled with history and ,possibly, hauntings. I’m a fan of a good ghost tour, so I could not pass up the chance to attend a Ghost Walk tour with Morgan Gates, founder of Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tour.
We gathered at the corner of Grove and Monroe streets beside the Old Courthouse Museum to spend 90 minutes strolling through 12 blocks of “Vicksburg’s oldest and most haunted neighborhood.” Morgan combines his ghostly tales with the history of the city, including details of The Trail of Tears and the 47 day siege between the Union and Confederate army. Lesser known, but still relevant and interesting, are the tales of antebellum duels, yellow fever epidemics and slavery.
The history and hauntings go hand in hand, beginning with the Old Courthouse Museum and the Old Jail House. Criminals were taken directly after sentencing from the courthouse to the jail across the street to be “hanged from the neck until dead, ” their lifeless bodies swinging from the tower in the 3rd floor window. Do the ghostly remains still make an appearance in the tower?
One of the things I enjoyed about this tour was the mix of formal and casual. Morgan was able to make history come alive with his rehearsed stories and the occasional prop. When asked questions about the sites, he was happy to answer and share additional information and stories. Having lived in Vicksburg his entire life he has a grasp of the history and is friends with the owners of the historical sites on the tour. Many of them have shared personal ghostly encounters they’ve experienced in their homes. (One of my favorites- the ghost who left the toilet seat down.)
I will be the first to admit-if some people are “sensitive” to spirits, I must be the “desensitive.” No ghosts or unexplained events happened on our tour. We made pictures during the tour and checked them later. Nothing appeared behind Brittany on the ghostly carriage block, no long dead soldiers remained to guard their posts, nor did we see a hint out of the ordinary. But, that’s the fun of the adventure. As Morgan quipped, “If we saw something on every tour, the price would be higher!”
I would recommend the tour for all ages. It’s an easy walk and, except for one 2 minute excursion, is wheelchair accessible throughout the tour. Maybe you will see some of the “strange things that happen in Haunted Vicksburg.”
To Know Before You Go:
* The tour begins at 8 PM and the mosquitoes are thick during the summer months. Be sure to wear insect repellent.
* Other historical tours are available, including a personalized tour of Vicksburg Military Park, a ghostly driving tour-with a stop to look for a ghostly resident-and walking, driving and cemetery tours. Each tour is completely independent of the other tours, allowing you to see different sites and attractions.
* Tours can be purchased in advance online, saving $2 per person for adults.
What is your favorite haunted tour?