McRaven House of Vicksburg – The Most Haunted House in the State of MS


The first part of what is now the McRaven House was built in 1797 by Andre Glass in a town called Walnut Hills which is now Vicksburg, MS. It originally served as a way station for pioneers en route to Nashville along the Natchez Trace. It consisted of only a kitchen and a single room above it.

Sheriff Stephen Howard later bought the house in 1836 and added a dining room and another bedroom built above it. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, would be the first “victim” of the home, dying during childbirth in late August, 1836, in the middle bedroom.

The house would change hands during 1849 when it was purchased by John H. Bobb. During the 1836 Siege of Vicksburg, the house would become a Confederate hospital and camp site, no doubt seeing many more lives extinguished in a short period of time.

In May of 1864, after a skirmish with a Union sergeant and several of his men, Bobb was met at the gates of his home by 25 Union soldiers vowing revenge. He was taken to Stout’s Bayou, about 100 yards from the house, where he was fatally shot in the back and the face. After the loss of her husband, his widow, Selina Bobb, sold the house to a realtor in 1869.

In 1882 William Murry and his wife Ellen Flynn purchased the home where they raised three sons and four daughters. William died in the home in 1911 and his wife a decade later in 1921. Their daughter Ida would die in the home in 1946 followed by their son in 1950. Their daughers Annie and Ella would continue to live in the home alone until Ella died in 1960 at the age of 81. Annie then sold the house before moving to a nursing home. At this point the house was in such disrepair the neighbors did not it even existed. The entire upper story was completely overgrown with vines and other vegetation.

In 1960 the home was then sold to the Bradway family who embarked on restoring the home and opened it to the public for tours in 1961. In August of 2015 the house exchanged hands again and is currently closed for public tours.

With so many deaths on the property, this Vicksburg home is considered the most haunted house in the state of Mississippi and the third most haunted in the entire country. The paranormal activity here has been documented by a variety of shows including A&E, 48 Hours, and The Travel Channel.

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So Much Potential, And Yet…


“…It’s repetitive like she’s just filling pages to spit out another book. So disappointing.”

This snippet of a review is the reason why I do not force myself to churn out a new book every month or two. Contrary to what authors want to tell themselves, readers do notice when your writing is forced and you are just out there “filling pages to spit out another book.” Yet, this review was taken off of a very popular indie vampire series. Every one of these books is dominating the amazon charts, most likely making some serious bank, and are filled with 2-3x more reviews than even Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

Do you write for love or money?

Everyone is quick to denounce 50 Shades as one of the worst series which should never have been published, yet the ‘zon is crammed full of independently published books even worse than 50 Shades. Is that a bad thing? Is it a good thing? Readers are still weighing in on whether or not they are happy to wade through the muck in search of the gem in the slush pile. Others have vehemently opposed the influx of indie authors, swearing they will only continue to read trade published books because they are supposedly “held to a higher standard.” Umm … let’s not say something crazy, shall we?

It would seem the days of being able to write a really great book and seeing it become successful have long since disappeared thanks to the easy access of self-publishing. Is that a good thing? Is it a bad thing? It honestly depends on who you ask. For those who are making bank without much effort, they are absolutely in love with the self-publishing process and see Amazon as an untapped, limitless goldmine. For those “bleeding heart” artists who are “suffering” for their art and can’t seem to catch a decent break aren’t so sure they don’t want the gatekeepers back in place. Of course, not even the gatekeepers make all the right choices. Aforementioned book being a prime example.

So do I write for love or money? I’ve always written for the love of the story, the characters, and the driving force of an intriguing plot line. I agonize over every word put to the page, even when I’m just writing another useless blog article like this one. I’m not sure I would ever be able to sacrifice the quality of writing I’ve managed to accomplish over the years for the sake of my bank account. Am I a good writer? While I may not be the best writer who has ever put pen to paper, if my work falls flat it’s not because I didn’t put forth my absolute best efforts. Plainly put, I don’t want anything I’ve produced to seem like I was “just filling pages to spit out another book.”

I guess I’m always going to write for the love of the story. If this means I never top the charts, then I suppose I’ll have to wait it out until the pendulum swings back and the appreciation of a really great book is once again in vogue.