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Haunted Happenings in the King's Tavern



Natchez is known for its fine Plantation Homes alongside the mighty Mississippi. It also has more than its fair share of good places to eat. We chose to dine at the oldest tavern in town “ known for its fine steaks and its unexplained phenomena.

Natchez, Mississippi - Photo by skatoolaki

Natchez, Mississippi - Photo by skatoolaki

The white clothed tables are set out on the ground floor surrounded by rough red-brick walls decorated with antique paraphernalia “ guns, traps, tools, you know the sort of thing. Having placed our order for food, we were invited to take a look around by our friendly waitress. Dating back to the late 1700s, the building has seen some action in its time as the local post office, tavern and inn. In 1930 some of those exploits came to light when, during renovations, the fireplace was opened up, and the remains of three skeletons fell out! The woman was believed to have been the mistress of tavern owner, Richard King, the taverns' namesake, but the two men buried with her remain a mystery. An infant's cry is often heard by staff and diners, but stranger yet is the room upstairs.

Climbing the wooden staircase I didn't know whether the chill was my nerves or a paranormal presence. For sure it wasn't caused by the 85 degree heat. One of the old lodging rooms still has the antique four poster bed. Run your hand over it, and it has spots of warmth as if someone has just been lying there. Keep your eye on the mirror too. Sometimes a figure is seen reflected in it “ a passing movement, yet there is no-one in the room. Dismissive, yet strangely uneasy, we returned to our table and began to enjoy the delicious meal. But when the ball and chain next to me started swinging, I stopped enjoying my delicious prime rib. It could have been someone playing a practical joke “ but there again, maybe not.

By Gillian Birch


Gillian | May 8, 2009 | Category: Haunted

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