Mississippi has lots to offer visitors, tourists and locals alike. But if you want a true Mississippi witchcraft experience, then add these places to your bucket list of spooky places to visit:

  • Natchez Trace Parkway – Mississippi’s haunted campground (south of Tupelo)

Thousands of years old, the Parkway’s original inhabitants from the Hopewell culture lived in the area between 200 BC to 500 AD. Mississippi’s first-nations tribes tell the tale of two bands of brothers and their followers, carrying a sacred bag of ancestral bones, who are guided by a medicine stick and a white dog to Natchez Trace. They later buried the bones in the Bynum Mounds.  

Spooky places in Mississippi

It is believed that eventually, covens of witches stumbled on the place, and would congregate there to perform rituals and hexes. One reason for the witches attraction to the spot is thought to be the ancient bones buried in the mounds. And that’s how the Parkway earned a spot on our Mississippi witchcraft, magic and spooky places. While the witches danced over the grassy plains of Natchez Trace, each spot where their feet touched the ground turned brown. The gras simply scorched under their feet, never to grow again.

The place has held a fascination for locals and visitors alike. In fact, during his frequent travels through the area, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of the USA, found the place and its folklore so convincing and alluring, that he made mention of it in his diaries. 

Visitors may tour the campground – bicycle tours only – anytime. However, some amenities (drinking water) may only be available April through October. 

  • The Witches’ Grave (Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City)

This next place to visit, on our list of our Mississippi witchcraft and spooky places, has history to prove its authenticity. The tragic events marking a devastating fire leads many to believe that the Witch of Yazoo was real – and may still be out there!

Mississippi witchcraft

The legend has a Witch luring and torturing innocent fishermen who fished along the Yazoo river. The woman lured them to shore, then tortured and killed them as part of her magical rituals. The town’s sheriff, who was on to her practices, chased her in an effort to apprehend the witch. Unfortunately, he was a bit late. Ad the witch suffocated on quicksand in the marshes, she yelled out a curse of the town and its inhabitants: “In 20-years I’ll be back to burn the town to the ground!”

That was in 1884.

Fast-forward 20-years later, in 1904, and a great fire erupted, destroying more than 200 residences and almost every business place in Yazoo city. When locals visited the cemetery to burry their dead, the noticed that the chains around the witches’ grave were broken – as if someone had broke free from the tomb. 

While many “fact checkers” try to explain the origins of the fire, no one can account for the (almost precise) time lapse – of 20-years. As well, the never seen ferocity of the winds, which fanned the flames uncontrollably, were also strange in the history of the city. 

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