Weird Wednesdays: The Ghost Town of Rodney Mississippi

Rodney Mississippi, tales of ghosts abound in this place. Although, with nobody around to see them, who really knows….

Nestled above the banks of the mighty Missississippi, this small town was once destined for great things.  It was only three votes shy of becoming the capital of the Mississippi Territory.  In the 1860’s, Rodney was booming. It had almost 4,000 residents and was the busiest port between New Orleans and St.Louis.  Rodney Mississippi quickly became the place to be, drawing settlers from England and Germany.

However, the draw of the promising town soon diminished when yellow fever spread through the town, devastating the population, not once, but twice. Natchez physicians visited the town and reported back that it was almost depopulated due to the illness.

Later on, the town saw some Civil War action. With Union gunboat “The Rattler” stationed outside of Rodney, Yankee sailors tried to infiltrate the town.  Awarkdly posing as townsfolk, they attended church services one morning at the Presbyterian Church.  A Lieutenant Allen for the Confederate Calvary called out the Yankee sailors. He demanded they surrender, but his demands were met with gunfire ringing throughout the church. The congregation scattered, diving under pews and running outside in a hail of gunfire.  Except for one old lady, who climbed up on her pew and proclaimed “Glory be to God”. However, that didn’t stop the gunboat outside from firing a cannonball through the church.

Then in 1869, the town was almost completely consumed by a fire, leaving very few structures untouched. However, this was not the last nail in the coffin, so to speak. In 1870, the Mississippi River underwent a natural transformation, a newly formed sandbar altered the course of the river and shifted it two miles west of Rodney. Thus the town was then bypassed by the railroad, due to the town being so severely fire damaged and no longer a port of commerce.

Want to visit the historic ghost town yourself?  Directions given by the Historic Rodney Facebook Page

“From Hwy 61, take the Alcorn State University exit to hwy 552 West. Go about 3 miles until you see a turning lane to turn left. Take that turn, then the next left on Firetower Rd. There will be a water tank at the turn. When that road ends, take a right. Travel about 6 miles and it will bring you into Rodney. The road will turn to gravel before you get there. Don’t give up though! It will go back to pavement at the top of the hill leading into the old town!”

 

The Witches of Mississippi

Oh…Now, I’m not talking about your Mother-in-Law here!  I’m referring to REAL WITCHES, think broomsticks, cauldrons, and spells of enchantment.  Ol’ Shakespeare probably said it the best:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
 
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
Witch Dance on the Natchez Trace

As the legend goes there is a spot on the Natchez Trace that was a popular meeting place for witches. They were seen by many performing rituals, dances and ceremonies late at night. It is said that where ever the witches feet touched the ground, the grass would wither and die, never to grow again. The Chickasaw and Chocktaw Indians immediately began to avoid the scorched patches of ground.  During the War of 1812 and the Creek War that followed, Andrew Jackson traveled the Natchez Trace frequently. He even noted the scorched spots of earth in his journal.

Some locals still avoid “Witch Dance” and the area around the Indian mounds after dark. ” Witch Dance” is open to the public as a camping ground and bicycle trail and is located along the Trace in the Tombigbee National Forrest.

Location:  Natchez Trace Pkwy, Houston, MS 38851

The Witch of Yazoo

This Witch seemed like a broad you wouldn’t want to mess with, especially since she burned down all of Yazoo City.  As the story goes, the Witch was living on the banks of the Yazoo River and luring fishermen into her home. She would then poison them and bury their bodies in the nearby hillside.  After a while, she was caught redhanded, with two dead bodies on the floor of her cabin that she had been practicing witchcraft on.

The Witch was chased into Panther Swamp by some Deputies of the law. When they finally caught up to her, she was sinking in quicksand and vowed to return in 20 years to burn down the town. The Witch sunk to her death and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, with a chain placed around her grave, to keep her spirit from coming back.

Twenty years later, a devastating fire tore through Yazoo City. Witnesses said the flames leaped through the air as if fueled by some sort of supernatural force.  It left over 200 homes and most of the businesses reduced to a pile of ash. When the town’s people made it to the Witch’s grave, the chains were broken.

A headstone with the “Story of the Witch” was placed upon her grave in the 1990’s and shortly after was mysteriously broken. Just recently, some of the chains surrounding the Witch’s grave have been stolen. Disturbing the grave is said to unleash the curse.

Location: Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, MS 39194

 

 

Natchez- Mississippi’s Most Haunted Town

Ah…. beautiful, historic Natchez, kissed by the muddy Mississippi. Streets lined with grand oaks, heavy with moss and historic homes as far as the eye can see, Natchez beckons to travelers with stories of mystery and murder.

Linden Bed & Breakfast

Dating back to the 1700s,  this sprawling southern estate is believed to be haunted.  There are so many claims of paranormal activity at this property, that it is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in Mississippi. Some have spotted a ghostly horse-drawn carriage in the driveway. Others have reported the sounds of a cane tapping in the gallery. Maybe the phantom cane tapper could be the top hat wearing apparition, who appears in the children’s bedrooms. Last but not least, is the woman seen throwing herself from the roof, only to disappear before hitting the ground.

http://www.lindenbandb.com/

Location: 1 Conner Circle Natchez, MS 39120

Longwood- Nutt’s Folly  

This Oriental Villa was designed for one of Natchez’s planter elite, Haller Nutt, and his wife, Julia.  Such a grand sight to see, construction was started in 1860 and was later halted over rising tensions over the Civil War. The home’s exterior was mostly completed, while the interior was left unfinished, except for the lowest level.  The affluent Nutt family lived in the basement until the twentieth century. Thus, the property was dubbed “Nutt’s Folly”.

A reminder to all of us, that not everything is what it appears to be.

According to reports, the Nutt family never left the mansion. Their ghosts can still be seen roaming the vast property. The mother, Julia, is usually seen on the staircase.  Julia is often described as wearing a pale pink hoop skirt.  Some claim you can smell her rose perfume when she is nearby.

Dr. Haller Nutt, the man of the house, is always dressed in traditional period clothing. He has been spotted inside of the mansion, as well as in the garden. The resident director at Longwood received quite a fright by the ghost of Dr. Nutt. She woke up one night with her head lifted off the pillow, but no one was there. She said she felt afraid and was unable to free her head from the grasp of the unseen entity.  The incident was believed to be the work of Haller, obviously trying to frighten her.  In contrast, it is said that if Mr. Nutt likes you, he will leave a square nail on the ground for you to find.

Location:  140 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, MS 39120

King’s Tavern 

Easily one of the oldest buildings in Natchez built sometime in the 1700s, it once served as a tavern and an inn. Owned by prominent Natchezian, Richard King. His torrid affair could be the very reason for the paranormal activity that has made King’s Tavern infamous.

King hired a 16-year-old girl to work in his tavern, as a server and the young beauty caught his eye.  At first, Madeline resisted, knowing he was married and she was engaged herself, but King was very persistent and used every opportunity to make a pass at her. She finally succumbed to his advances and they began a secret love affair.

At least they thought it was a secret.

That was until Madeline disappeared without a trace.  Mr. King’s wife apparently found out about the affair and was enraged.  I’m not saying she killed Madeline, but she wasn’t too upset about her being “gone”. Mr.King, however, was heartbroken.  And, that was the last time anyone had seen Madeline until much, much later.

In the 1930s, some renovations needed to be done on the property. While tearing down the fireplace in the main room of the tavern, three mummified bodies were found entombed in the walls of the fireplace.  One was a young lady, believed to be Madeline and the two men’s identities are still a mystery.  A jeweled Spanish dagger was also found. Could this be the murder weapon?

King’s Tavern is always stirring with paranormal activity. The fireplace where the bodies were discovered, has been known to get very hot, even when a fire isn’t lit.  The ghost of Madeline also seems to be fond of water, often walking on freshly mopped floors and turning faucets on and off. The ghostly reflection of Madeline can also be seen in the mirror of the women’s powder room. She also likes to cause all sorts of mischief, such as knocking glass jars off of their shelves and swinging chairs that are hung on the back wall.

Madeline isn’t the only spirit known to haunt King’s Tavern.  The disembodied cries of a baby are often heard throughout the building. Legend is that a young mother and her infant were staying in the Inn. One night, she couldn’t settle the crying child and the incessant wailing proved too much for a neighboring guest. Sleeping off a hangover in the next room over, was the notorious Big Harpe, of the Harpe gang. He knocked on her door, snatched the baby from the poor woman’s arms and swung it head first into a wall.  He then handed back the lifeless baby to its mother, before stumbling downstairs to order a drink.

http://www.kingstavernnatchez.com/

Location:  613 Jefferson St, Natchez, MS 39120

 

Monmouth Plantation

Constructed in 1818 and purchased in 1826 by General John A. Quitman, Monmouth was renovated into the grand Greek Revival Style, typical of the old Southern plantation homes.  General Quitman, who had served as governor of Mississippi twice, died at Monmouth, along with his wife and two infant sons.

Several generations of Quitman’s descendants lived in the home until 1924, when it fell into disrepair and sat vacant.  Until 1977, when the property was purchased by new owners and they set out to restore it to its former grandeur. Little did they know, the renovations would awaken the sleeping ghosts of Monmouth.

The sightings of General Quitman began during the renovations. Workers claimed they felt as if someone was standing right behind them. While others have heard the heavy booted footsteps of a disembodied entity. Even the security system for the home has picked up on the unusual activity, alarms will go off when there is no one in a room. Some overnight guests and visitors to the plantation have claimed to have seen General Quitman peeking in their rooms as if checking to make sure everything is in order.

http://www.monmouthhistoricinn.com/

Location: 1358 John A Quitman Blvd, Natchez, MS 39120

Dunleith Plantation

A true antebellum mansion, built on the ashes of Routhland, which burned to the ground due to lightning. The grand home has changed hands several times and has had numerous deaths on the property. However, it’s not a traditional haunt by past owners, but instead, it’s a tale of heartbreak and scandal.

Young Miss Percy was a harpist in the home, playing at all of the social gatherings. She became enamored by a Frenchman who was party to Prince Louis Philippe, who was visiting Routhland. The two became so hopelessly in love, that when the Prince returned to France, Miss Percy returned with her Frenchman. However, not everything in France was as it seemed. Her once attentive and caring French lover became surly and indifferent. He soon became bored with Miss Percy and it was clear he never intended to marry her. Instead, the love of her life sent her back home to Natchez. Heartbroken and shamed by the community, Miss Percy became a recluse and was said to have died from a broken heart. Her sorrowful harp music can still be heard echoing through the halls of Dunleith.

http://www.dunleith.com/

Location: 84 Homochitto St, Natchez, MS 39120

Cute Halloween Ideas for Women

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite cute Halloween ideas for Women.
As if shopping for a Halloween costume isn’t hard enough, what if you don’t want to be scary?  CUTE always works!

Women’s Butterfly Costume, just add a black dress!

Women’s Ladybug Costume

Unisex Squirrel Costume

Women’s Bumblebee Costume

Women’s Unicorn Costume Onesie

Women’s Cozy Bat Costume

Women’s Alice in Wonderland Costume

Disney Belle Costume

Women’s Pirate Costume

Women’s Renaissance Costume

Women’s Snow White Costume

Women’s Statue of Liberty Costume

Halloween T-shirts for Women

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves


You know you sang that in your head, right?….

This Freaky Friday post will feature the Gypsy Queen Kelly Mitchell. Mysterious, enchanting, worldly and with the title of “Queen”, what more could you want?

Gypsies in Meridian?

Yes and no, but only because Meridian had ice. That’s right, Meridian was used for its ability to keep a dead body cool. Which is why the Gypsy Queen was brought here after her death. Queen Kelly, or “Callie” as it’s sometimes spelled, died in premature childbirth. It would have been her 15th child. Without the aid of a doctor, the Queen’s health declined quickly as labor progressed. Against custom, her husband, King Emil Mitchell, sent for the town doctor and offered him $10,000 if he could save the Queen’s life. She died at the age 47, on Jan. 31, 1915, in the town of Coatopa in Alabama.

The Queen City

Grieving King Emil Mitchell chose Meridian as the final resting place of his wife. The city had adequate refrigeration and funeral facilities and Meridian was just across the MS/AL state line from where the gypsy tribe had made camp. So, the Mitchell tribe carried their beloved Queen to Meridian. The extravagant funeral service was held 12 days later to allow gypsies to travel to the event.

According to an article in The Meridian Dispatch, more than 20,000 gypsies crowded the town to witness the service. It was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Most had to stand outside.

The newspaper described the funeral:

“At one side of the parlors, with candelabra at the head and foot stands the magnificent silver-trimmed metallic casket. Hermetically sealed within, in all the barbaric splendor of a medieval Queen lays Mrs. Callie (Kelly) Mitchell
Queen of the Gypsies of America.

Her swarthy face with its high cheekbones is typical of Romany tribes and the head, the upper portion of which is covered with bright silken drapery pinned at the back with pins, rests upon a cushion of filmy silk and satin. The hair is braided Gypsy fashion and the dark tresses shine. The body is attired in a Royal robe of Gypsy Green and other bright colors contrasting vividly with the somber hues usual under such circumstances.

Two necklaces are around the neck, one of shells, an heirloom that was descended through generations. The lower part of the body is draped with ‘Sacred Linen’ treasured by Gypsy bands for the use only when death overtakes one of their numbers. When the children arrive, each will put a memento of some kind in the casket and it will devolve upon the youngest child to place her mother’s earrings in the ear.”

Rose Hill Cemetery

Gypsy Queen Kelly Mitchell was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery. This began a tradition for the Mitchell clan of gypsies, with King Emil being buried beside his wife, Kelly. As folklore has it, if you bring a trinket or offering to the Gypsy Queen’s grave, she will come to you in a dream and solve all of your troubles. It’s an old stereotype that the Romani people have psychic powers, use tarot cards and many make their living in the fortune-telling trade.

Thousands visit Queen Kelly’s grave every year, to pay their respects and maybe with the hope a bit of magic will rub off. The city of Meridian “The Queen City”, has no problem using the Queen’s grave as a tourist attraction, but has outlawed fortune telling inside of city limits.
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Want to visit the Gypsy Queen?

Rose Hill Cemetery is located at 8th St & 40th Ave, Meridian, MS 39307. Bring a token, a treasure or offering of some sort and maybe the Queen of the Gypsies will visit you in your dreams.

Pay tribute to your favorite Gypsy Queen, by dressing as her for Halloween. Check out these Gypsy Halloween Costume ideas…

Haunted Meridian Mississippi

Merrehope- Meridian’s Haunted Mansion

Eugenia Gary has been said to haunt the first floor of the mansion, and she’s most often seen at the bottom of the staircase. The house was bought by Eugenia’s father, Mr. John Gary in 1868. While Eugenia never lived in the house, a portrait of her hangs in the home and has seemed to have trapped her spirit there. The teenage, dark haired beauty has been seen peering out of windows on the first and second floors. She’s often described as wearing a green “old-fashioned” hoop dress. Eugenia can often be found lurking around at social functions held at Merrehope. People who have experienced Eugenia say she is a comforting spirit.

However, Eugenia isn’t alone at the grand old Merrehope Mansion. It seems as if, several other spirits reside there too. One of those, being a man by the name of Marcus. He was a local teacher, who in the 1930s, committed suicide in his bedroom. Marcus is not nearly as quiet as sweet Eugenia. He’s known to be quite loud, slamming doors and stomping about, leaving an uneasy feeling wherever he goes. Although, the spirit is not believed to be harmful. The bedroom where he killed himself, feels heavy and uncomfortable, with a cold spot in the area where he died.

Location: 905 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Meridian, MS 39301

Stuckey’s Bridge

Listed as a Historic Landmark in Mississippi, Stuckey’s Bridge is better known as the site of an unknown number of grisly murders. The bridge gets its namesake from a member of the Dalton Gang named “Stuckey”. Old Man Stuckey operated an Inn near the Chunky River and would stand on the bridge and wave his lantern at the passing boats. He would offer a warm meal and soft bed to the weary travelers. With all of his guests sound asleep for the night, Stuckey would sneak into their rooms. Often he would murder his guests, taking their valuables. He later buried the bodies on the banks of the Chunky River.

It was said that Ol’ Stuckey killed about twenty people before he was caught. With rumors of people vanishing on the Chunky River, the Sheriff was notified and a posse was formed. Stuckey was promptly arrested and hung from the trusses of the bridge. His lifeless body hung there, swinging from the bridge, for five long days. It was finally cut down on the fifth day, with Stuckey’s body landing in the cold Chunky River. He was left to float downstream, vanishing to his watery grave.

Since that day, it has been said, you can catch a glimpse of Old Man Stuckey, crossing the bridge, waving his lantern. Many have experienced loud splashes in the water below when standing on the bridge. Others have said they have seen his body hanging from the bridge in the moonlight, with sightings of lights in the area being most common.

Location: Chunky River Watershed 47 Dam, Union, MS 39365

Pigford Building-Pythian Castle Hall

This old brick building was constructed in about 1915 for the Knights of Pythias. They were a secret fraternal organization and they named the building Pythian Castle Hall. Standing at three stories tall and boasting a ballroom on the top floor, it has been home to many businesses over the years. Some past owners have heard footsteps in the building when no one was around. Several have seen the ghostly apparition of a lady in white, on the balcony. Vacuums have turned on, despite being unplugged. Hanging merchandise, such as clothing and jewelry, have been tossed about while the business was closed and unoccupied. The current business occupying the Pigford Building is called “The Venue”. They plan and host events in the space. Wonder if they’ve had any otherworldly guests?

Location: 820 22nd Ave, Meridian, MS 39301

Grand Opera House-Riley Center

The Grand Opera House was opened in 1890. After it was leased to Saenger Theatres, it operated as a movie theater and in 1928 it was closed, boarded up, and abandoned until 1988. It was donated to the Historic Meridian Foundation. After lying silent and forgotten for all of those years, the grand old lady began a new life as The Riley Center. Although, the spirits from long ago still lingered.

The most prominent entity of the Grand Opera House is a ghostly lady that sings on the stage. While she’s never been seen, her haunting voice has been heard drifting through the theater. Nobody knows who this songstress is, it has been rumored that she could be the woman in the portrait painted above the stage. It is rumored that her presence can be felt while standing on the stage. The Grand Opera House has also been known for knocks, bangs, shuffling and shadows are seen fleeing into the darkness.

Location: 2200 5th St, Meridian, MS 39301

Other Spooky Places to Visit in Meridian MS

Royal Land is an old abandoned theme park hidden inside the city of Meridian. It’s been abandoned since the 1970s and looks like something straight out of a horror movie. Location: 1623 Sowashee St, Meridian, MS 39301

Rose Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for Gypsy Queen Kelly Mitchell, along with several members of the royal gypsy family. Location: 8th St & 40th Ave, Meridian, MS 39307

See my post on the Gypsy Queen :  Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves

About Shelley

Welcome to my website. My name is Shelley and I’m a Mississippi girl with a love of all things spooky. I can’t drive by an old abandoned house without wondering if it has a story to tell, and usually, it does.

MY STORY

Over the years, I’ve had many haunting things happen to me. I’ve had my name called when no one was around. I’ve seen shadows out of the corner of my eye, for them just to flee as I turn my head.   As I’ve gotten older my fascination has grown. I’m always in search of the truth.

CONTACT ME

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Also, If you would like your “haunted Mississippi” story featured, please email me.

All the best,

Shelley

https://haunted-mississippi.com

Shelley@haunted-mississippi.com