The Time Capsule of the South
Featured in National Geographic Magazine
McRaven tour home first opened to the public in 1961. It has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, LIFE Magazine, The Travel Channel, 48 Hours and countless local magazine and books about hauntings. Popular for being built in three different periods, National Geographic called it the "Time Capsule of the South." Each addition to the house leaving the previous rooms untouched. Today McRaven is filled with museum quality antiques, true to each period. The rooms demonstrate a way-of-life for these periods that may otherwise be lost.
The first portion of the house was built in 1797 when George Washington was President, and before Mississippi became a state. Highwayman Andrew Glass built a two-room brick structure with a bed-room above a kitchen, with a removable ladder to prevent an ambush while he slept. The blueberry and buttermilk plaster still adorn the walls. Mr. Glass would rob people traveling the Natchez Trace and hide out in McRaven. His surprising death became the start of McRaven's haunting.
The second portion of McRaven was built in 1836 by Sheriff Stephen Howard. He enclosed a patio, creating a stairway and added a bedroom, a dining room and two-story covered porch. Built in the Empire period, this portion of the house was simple but decorative touches. Sheriff Howard lost his young wife Mary Elizabeth after childbirth, and her spirit is the most active ghost in the house. Mary Elizabeth often greets guests and plays pranks. Some of her personal belongings are still in the house.
The third portion of the house was built in the Greek Revival style by John H. Bobb in 1849. He was a prominent brick manufacturer and sawmill owner. Mr. Bobb built an elegant parlor, master bedroom, men's changing area, flying wing staircase and a Greek Revival facade which he later replaced by the Italianate facade with "Vicksburg pillars."