Haunted Mississippi: Looking for Spirits at King’s Tavern in Natchez
An old building. Possible murder. Bodies buried in the walls. Haunted by a female ghost.
Sounds like a scary movie description, right? Actually, this is the description of the historic King’s Tavern built somewhere around 1789.
This, the oldest building in Natchez, Mississippi, is where bodies were found in the wall during renovations and is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young lady named Madeline.
Of course a place with this type of story and history was on our radar, and on our must-visit list for on our anniversary trip to Natchez. Hey, ghosts can tell us, “Happy Anniversary!” too, right?
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According to the current owners and employees, bodies were found in the wall of the fireplace when renovations were being made.
Apparently, two of the bodies were male and one was female, which lead to a theory that the bodies belonged to the original owner’s mistress and the two men that killed her.
The mistress, Madeline, is believed to still wander the property today.
The owners and employees were not shy talking to us about strange occurrences in the building.
We were told that they have surveillance footage of one of the small refrigerators behind the bar opening all on its own.
One of the employees has the video on his phone, but, unfortunately, was not around to show us.
Instead, we were shown the actual fridge, and given a demonstration on just how hard it was to open, and how the door does not, in fact, continue to swing outwards once opened.
Being from Mississippi and interested in the paranormal, I had read stories about King’s Tavern– about a dagger being found alongside the bodies in the wall, and a terrible story about a man killing a baby just because the crying was getting on his nerves.
When I found out Ghost Adventures, one of my favorite travel shows on Travel Channel, traveled to Mississippi to investigate King’s Tavern, I couldn’t wait for that episode to premiere.
The Ghost Adventures Crew wanted to find out the truth behind some of the stories and were able to confirm the existence of the dagger found with the bodies through documented newspaper stories and eyewitness accounts.
We were able to explore the building and speak with other employees who, as it turns out, all ignore the ghost stories just to get through each work day.
While we never saw the spirit of Madeline, there was one small occurrence we both noticed. While walking down the stairs, we would look at all of the pictures hung along the wall.
Shortly after, while talking to two employees in the gift shop, one of the employees walked over to straighten one of the pictures on the wall because it was horribly crooked.
None of us saw the picture move even though it was straight when we had looked at it moments before, and no one else had walked down the stairs. It was a small thing to happen, but strange nonetheless!
Overall, we loved visiting this location. The building itself, while slightly creepy, is still very lovely.
You can feel the history of the place in the wood and the bricks.
It’s amazing to see a building this old, in such well-kept shape, and still being used and appreciated today. We also love that their slogan is “Spirits of All Kinds.”
If you’re not into ghost stories, check out the King’s Tavern anyway for an amazing meal by owner, Chef Regina Charboneau, a mixology class led by Ricky Woolfolk (bar manager), a tour of the adjacent distillery- home of the amazing Charboneau Rum– owned by Doug and Jean-Luc Charboneau, or get a unique drink at the King’s Tavern bar!
We want to send out a thank you to the owners and staff of King’s Tavern for taking the time to talk and share stories with us!
Do you enjoy visiting potentially haunted locations? Do you even believe in ghosts? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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