And You Thought You Were Walking Alone…
When you walk the streets of Haunted Vicksburg, you are not alone! We share these hills with the spirits of over five centuries of history, some good, some bad, some downright terrifying! Long before the Old Courthouse loomed above the modest skyline of our quaint little city. The Mississippian Culture lived in villages and cities built around earthen mounds. Today only their mounds remain as mute testimony to their presence here on earth, reduced to near extinction by waves of European diseases they did not understand, in “The Time of the Great Dying”! In the late 1700’s the Old Natchez Trace was haunted by ruthless outlaws that preyed on unwary travelers on this shadowy forest road. One of the worst, had a home at the base of a big forested hill right in the middle of what would one day become the City of Vicksburg! The Highwayman survived an ambush by Spanish soldiers only to meet his end at the hands of the one who loved him the most! On the eastern edge of the city, a quite modern minister has an encounter with the early founders of his church in “A Chapel in the Woods”! In 1835, 1863, and again in 1876, Vicksburg encountered the worst of the human spirit has to offer and forever has left Independence Day a “Dark Holiday” in Vicksburg!
All this and more have left Vicksburg the most haunted small town in America! My book “A Walk on The Darkside” explores the Dark History. Legends, and Lore behind the Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tours.
Come join me at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS) on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:30 pm for a book signing and discussion of the Vicksburg’s haunting history.