Event Start Time: 9:00pm
Event Finish Time: 4:00am
“The most haunted house in Mississippi.”
Haunted Tour Also Included
Here’s your chance to investigate the place often called “the most haunted house in Mississippi.” The ghostly activity is no surprise to those who learn about the several documented and tragic deaths that took place within these walls and on the property.
Unexplained events plague this residence, including several reports of at least one malevolent spirit. From being chased by the ghost of a former homeowner to inexplicable slamming doors and lights turning on and off, there is no shortage of ghostly tales when it comes to the McRaven House.
Fraught with activity, visitors have claimed to see, hear or feel many different spirits at the McRaven House and the land on which it sits; from Andrew Glass who constructed the original building, to young wife Mary Elizabeth Howard, to John Bobb, the third owner of the home who was murdered on the grounds after an altercation with Union soldiers.
If you listen carefully, perhaps you’ll hear the otherworldly notes of a piano coming from the parlor, or the cries of fallen Civil War soldiers echoing outside,
Sit in vigil in the upstairs bedroom where young Mary Elizabeth died right after she gave birth to her son.
Venture, if you dare, into Mr. Glass’ room, to see if he is there to welcome you – or make you want to leave. Quickly.
Come with us and explore the history and hauntings of “The Time Capsule of the South.”
Dubbed “The Time Capsule of the South” by National Geographic Magazine, the McRaven house in Vicksburg, Mississippi started off as a very simple two-story home. It was constructed in 1797 by Andrew Glass, with only a kitchen for the first floor and a bedroom on the second floor. Said to have been a notorious highwayman, Glass used a removable ladder to gain access to the bedroom to prevent him from being ambushed in his sleep – by other thieves or by local lawmen. Legend has it that Glass was shot one evening but returned to his home where he died, purportedly “finished off” by his wife as his insistence.
Records show that by 1836, ownership of the home belonged to Sheriff Steven Howard and his very young wife, Mary Elizabeth. They made several changes to the house including adding balconies, stairs, a dining room and an additional upstairs bedroom. Unfortunately, the Howards did not live a long and happy life at McRaven – Mary Elizabeth passed away in the bedroom shortly after giving birth to their son.
When John H. Bobb moved to Vicksburg from Philadelphia in 1849 and bought the home, he completed even more renovations, which included a grand flying wing staircase, a front entryway, a parlor and yet another upstairs bedroom complete with a dressing area. However, during the Siege of Vicksburg of the Civil War, McRaven became a makeshift field hospital. It is reported that numerous cannonballs ripped through the parlor and tents set up outside were filled with bodies and limbs. Local lore claims that Mr. Bobb was involved in an altercation with Union soldiers and ended up being killed on his own property.
The next owners, William and Ellen Murray, purchased the house in 1886. It is believed that they are the only couple to raise children there. The property stayed in the Murray family until two elderly, unmarried sisters, Ella and Annie, sold the home.
Because the major renovations and additions to the McRaven House happened in different time periods, the home boasts three different architectural styles, making it quite a unique and unusual building. However, when it was put up for sale in 1960, many residents of Vicksburg did not even know it was there because it was covered in overgrowth of vines and weeds. It was purchased by the Bradways, who restored the building, opened it up for tours, and eventually had it added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1979, the home was sold once again, this time to Charles and Sandra Harvey, who spent a year and nearly $100,000 to repair and restore McRaven to showcase authentic, period-specific updates including wallpaper, paint, woodwork and furnishings.
Leyland French purchased McRaven from the Harveys in 1984. The first owner to actually reside in the home since the Murrays, Mr. French completed yet even more renovations. It was sold it in 2007 to Steven and Kendra Reed, who reopened McRaven for both historical and ghost tours.
Join us in exploring and investigating the McRaven House – the oldest standing structure in Warren County, Mississippi – where you may very well communicate with young Mary Elizabeth, or perhaps the not-so-friendly Andrew Glass, or even a confederate soldier who met his end at the Siege of Vicksburg. McRaven is full of history to discover and secrets to be shared.
Your ghost hunt at The McRaven House includes the following:
- Haunted Tour Included.
- Exclusive access to the most haunted areas.
- Group Séances.
- Ghost Hunting Vigils.
- Structured Vigils.
- Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Private time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils.
- Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: coffee, soda and bottled water.
- Selection of snacks.