is known by many to be one of the most haunted houses in Mississippi.WaltGrayson
of Grayson Family Productions calls McRaven, "The
haunted house in Mississippi".
Grayson Family Productions offers 2 different videos featuring
McRaven. The first is a video features only McRaven, and gives
a complete tour of the house with the history. The second features
a number of houses in Mississippi that are haunted, listing McRaven
as the most haunted. This page will give you a brief explanation
of the mystery behind the haunting so you can answer the question...Is
McRaven the most haunted house in Mississippi?
The photo to the right depicts
what could be
Howard standing by the
table in the parlor that is in the
1849 section of the house.
Many a soldier met their maker on the grounds
of McRaven. A field hospital was set up during the siege of Vicksburg
which accounts for many deaths there. Several mini balls dug up
on the grounds bear teeth marks to witness the pain and suffering
of these fallen comrades. Also it is believed that at least five
of the house's inhabitants over the years died in or near the house.
One of these five was John H. Bobb, who built the last section
of the house. He died violently at the hands of Federal soldiers
outside McRaven. Mary Elizabeth Howard's spirit is said to grace
the home also. She is believed responsible for antics of the lamp
which sits beside the bed in her bedroom. Her figure has also been
seen on the flying wing staircase, and in the dining room. The
wedding shawl which belonged to Mary Elizabeth has been known to
hand out strange happenings. to some people it emits heat, and
in some instances it will almost jump out of a persons hand.
of the first spirits seen by the present owner, Leyland French
belongs to William Murray who acquired McRaven in 1882. William
Murray was seen on the staircase. As soon as he was recognized,
French ran back up the stairs into the Bobb bedroom and locked
the door. The next day he contacted the local Episcopal priest
and had the house blessed. Murray's daughters, Ella and Annie,
are other spirits that have been seen both inside and outside on
A most interesting article written on the
ghosts of McRaven is in the September - October 1989 issue of Mississippi
Magazine. There are a number of nice photos accompanying this article.
It is a must see if you are interested in this part of McRaven.
There is also a YouTube video regarding
some of the hauntings that might interest you. Click