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.
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.
quote from the National Geographic Magazine:
"The Time Capsule Of The
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
"Probably the most unusual house
in Vicksburg is McRaven."