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

 

 

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