As a visitor guided through McRaven, the experience is an authentic visual unfolding of the way in which people lived in the Old South from the primitive pioneer beginnings of the Frontier Days, up through the prosperous Empire Period, and on to the golden days of the last 30 years before the Civil War.

Not only has McRaven withstood the test of time, it has survived the ravages of war. A famous local diarist of the Siege of Vicksburg wrote that cannon shells fell like hail where the train tracks crossed the Confederate line. That very same track lies just in front of the structure, and the house was caught directly in the crossfire of the Battle of the Railroad Redoubt.Our guided tour is devoted to sharing not only the history of Vicksburg, and its architecture, but the reality of the 'Way of Life' in the Old South. Come on in and relive the days before and during the Civil War in Vicksburg's most unique and historical home and gardens.


Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, this combined gracious downtown residence and Tour Home was featured in National Geographic Magazine as being "The Time Capsule Of The South!" Step back into time and visit Vicksburg's finest and totally authentic pre-Civil War tour home. Built in three different periods: 1797 Spanish Colonial, 1836 American Empire and 1849 Greek Revival, with each section furnished according to it's period in time.


Open to the public since 1961, McRaven is internationally recognized for the popular Historical, Architectural and "Way Of Life" guided tour, friendly ghost stories, and hosting annual Civil War and Colonial battle Reenactments on the grounds which attracts thousands of tourists a year. Current TV broadcasts include: A&E TV, The Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and others, as well as books, magazines, and other publications.


A quote from the National Geographic Magazine:
"The Time Capsule Of The South!"


A quote from LIFE Magazine:
"Westward at Vicksburg is McRaven, Exquisitely Built in Three Different Styles (1797) Frontier, (1836) Empire, (1849) Greek Revival"


A quote from the Chicago Tribune:
"No tourist should miss McRaven. It's out of this workaday world."


A quote from Historic Architecture in Mississippi, by Mary Wallace Crocker:
"Probably the most unusual house in Vicksburg is McRaven."

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