Momma was in town visiting.
My friend, real estate agent-extraordinaire, Kim Steen, and I were trying to make sure she had a great time.
And it was October—PERFECT!
Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg:
Haunted Vicksburg’s Walking Tour
By Meshea Crysup, RHV
I had lived in Vicksburg nearly two years and had yet to take any type of historic tours when I joined Vicksburg Civil War Roundtable and met Morgan Gates. It was quickly apparent that he was not just a guide at the military park—he was a “storyteller” in every sense of the word. I was not surprised, therefore, when I found out that he ran Historic Vicksburg as well as Haunted Vicksburg, which are both tour-based businesses. Once we concluded we wanted to take a “haunted tour”, I knew just who to contact!
Morgan and I did exchange a couple of emails or texts, but basically, I just went to his website, www.hauntedvicksburg.com , read about the tour options, and we picked one! We opted for the walking tour, but there was also a riding tour option. We were able to pay for the tour online using a debit or credit card. I simply kept a screenshot of the confirmation, “just in case”.
We met up with behind the Old Court House Museum at the appointed time. Morgan, his wife, Gwen, and another guide were waiting for us. Before long, our group showed itself to be much larger than I had expected. In addition to our forty-five, it just so happened that a local paranormal group was joining us also! Exciting indeed!
Morgan introduced himself, told us a bit about what to expect, and introduced the paranormal leader and crew. They had gadgets that were used to detect ghosts! Morgan had a small PA system so we could all hear him. I was not sure about the paranormal gadgets, but Morgan was very visible and could be heard well by all of us.
Morgan led the way around the streets and sidewalks of Historic—and Haunted?—Vicksburg, taking time to make sure everyone kept up and heard the stories. He was also happy to answer questions. As large as the group was, I do not think anyone felt like they were being left out or left behind. The tour lasted about an hour and a half. Just as Momma (Seventy years old), Kim (I am not saying!), and I (Fifty-one years old, with Fibromyalgia) were starting to get tired, it was wrapping up. We all three felt it was “just the right” length and we certainly got our money’s worth!
Morgan is constantly seeking out new haunted tales to keep the tour fresh, but some of the stories and places are just too good for him to drop, so I am not going to let any “black-cats-out-of-the-bag”. I will say, however, that the stories were indeed filled with the “unusual and bizarre”, entertaining, and interesting. Doubly so if you were as interested in Vicksburg’s history as you were its ghosts!
While the paranormal group was very excited about all the “readings and sounds” on their gadgets, I, personally, did not see or hear a ghost. Momma, Kim, and I did have a very good time. In fact, I plan to take the tour again! I am not alone in this however. Frequently Haunted Vicksburg has return business. Do not just take my word, or go by the fact that I, as well as many others, want to take the tour more than once. If you check out the usual travel sites online, you will find that Haunted Vicksburg’s tour is consistently the highest rated tour in Vicksburg! It is certainly one of the most exciting ways to Rediscover Historic--Haunted?—Vicksburg!