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Haunted Mississippi: The Ghost Song of Singing River

Haunted Mississippi: The Ghost Song of Singing River

The second site I’m visiting in preparation for Halloween is the Singing River in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The Singing River is part of the Pascagoula River, that was the local grounds of the Pascagoula tribe ( local Native American Indians). Back in the 17th century the tribe became extinct in one moment, by all walking into the river together to die. To this day the tribe supposedly haunts the Singing River in Pascagoula, by making the River sing to the residents of  the town.

Artwork depicting the tribes demise by Lorin Thompson

Renowned  Pennsylvanian Artist Lorin Thompson was commissioned to create a mural for the Pascagoula Post Office, that would depict what exactly happened to the Singing River Tribe.

According to local legend, the tribe was part of the Choctaw Natives and were called the Singing River or Pascagoula tribe. These natives were seen as peaceful people, with no aggression towards neighbouring tribes.

In 1699 Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville encountered the tribe, saying they were “friendly ……and had very beautiful women”.

So why did such a well liked and peace-loving tribe all decide to give their lives in one instance? Was it like some say for love? Love of a woman? Love of family? Love of togetherness?

Singing River at dusk

According to legend, the Biloxi and Pascagoula Tribes had co-existed over centuries before a split between the tribes resulted in the disappearance of both tribes from the region. Altama, Chief of the Pascagoula, fell in love with Anola, a Biloxi princess who was promised to the Chief of the Biloxi, going against traditional protocols.

Altama and Anola wanted to be together regardless of the outcome. In response, the Biloxi made war on the Pascagoula killing and taking them as slaves for the decision Altama had made. The Pascagoula were outnumbered and feared what the future held for them. Loyal to Altama, they decided as a group that it would be better to die at their own hand than become slaves. In the afterworld they would be reunited and live in a perfect world. Altama, Anola and the Pascagoula people chose to drown themselves in the river, and while singing their death song, they joined hands and walked into the waters. It’s there that the local legend states, that the disappearance of the Pascagoula people has a direct connection with the sounds which they hear coming from the water.

Singing River by day

One of the first written accounts of the “Singing River” was that of Governor Perier of French Louisiana on his visit to the Pascagoula Tribe. He says that “…while among the Pascagoulas or ‘Bread Eaters,’ he was invited to go to the mouth of the river of that name and listen to the mysterious music which floats on the waters. The water formed itself into a towering column of foaming waves, on the top stood a mermaid.  As the Indians and missionary looked on, the mermaid began to sing ‘Come to me, come to me,’ where upon they walked into the water never to be seen again.” There are similar stories in other parts of the bayou, such as the Singing River located in modern-day Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which is also links the strange sounds emanating from under the water’s surface with the disappearance of the local tribe.

Singing River, Mississippi

The myth of the Singing River continues to draw people to Pascagoula and the rivers romanticized identity creating tourism in the region. In 1985 a county resolution formally renamed a stretch of the Pascagoula River, the Singing River.

I have engaged with some locals about the legend and many claim the sound comes from underfoot on the river bank, sounding like a “swarm of bees in flight”. Others say it’s like a gentle hum that reverberates around the area of Pascagoula. All agree the ‘singing’ is more audible in late summer and autumn during the later part of the evenings and grows louder once you hear it.

So is the humming just a strange weather phenomenon? Is there creatures or wildlife making the sounds? Or are the ghosts of a whole tribe singing out to us? Maybe this Halloween someone may investigate and find out!

Posted by Michelle MIDI Peifer in ABNORMAL MUSINGS AND FREAKISH FACTS, ATTRACTIONS AND DESTINATIONS, HORROR HISTORY, MYTHS AND LEGENDS, PARANORMAL, 0 comments
Local Haunts: New Haven, Connecticut

Local Haunts: New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven (some) History

In this issue of Local Haunts I will be talking about New Haven, Connecticut. In 1638 New Haven began its life as a self-governing commonwealth. Inhabited by Puritans, they hoped to make a better theological community and had their government closely linked with the church. Disaster hit New Haven in 1646 when they sent out their first loaded ship of local goods back to England. That ship never made it to England, and this event crippled New Haven in the competition of rising trade power. The Connecticut Colony obtained New Haven in 1664 under pressure from England. Fast-forward to the year 2000; New Haven has seen much revitalization, especially in downtown, and currently has 130,000 residents. They also have four colleges, and one of those colleges just happens to be Yale University.

Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery was founded in 1848 by some of New Haven’s most prominent citizens. Today it is run by an association’s board of trustees and is a non-profit, non-sectarian cemetery. The cemetery boasts some notable dead people. The first person of African descent to receive a PhD, Edward Bouchet, rests in Evergreen Cemetery. Sarah Winchester, known for building the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California, and her husband Oliver Winchester, who was the founder of the Winchester repeating Rifle Company, are buried in the Highland Avenue section. Ilya Tolstoy, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Executive George Weiss, one of the key contributors to the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (William Chester Minor), two Connecticut governors (Hobart Bigelow, Wilbur Cross), and the first Secretary to the President (John Addison Porter) are also buried here.

Haunts

Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery

Midnight Mary is the primary ghost that haunts this location. Her tombstone can be found LOCATION OF TOMBSTONE. The tombstone is a large pink granite stone that reads: AT HIGH NOON JUST FROM, AND ABOUT TO RENEW HER DAILY WORK, IN HER FULL STRENGTH OF BODY AND MIND MARY E. HART HAVING FALLEN PROSTRATE: REMAINED UNCONSCIOUS, UNTIL SHE DIED AT MIDNIGHT, OCTOBER 15, 1872 BORN DECEMBER 16, 1824. Above that text is a more pronounced black letter text that reads: THE PEOPLE SHALL BE TROUBLED AT MIDNIGHT AND PASS AWAY. After her death, a rumor popped up about Mary being a witch. This rumor is said to explain the black letter quote on her tombstone. They say that those words are a curse bestowed on anyone who visits her grave at night. The result of the curse is the veiwer’s death at midnight. Her life is said to be much more boring than her death. It is said that her parents found her dead at the stroke of midnight and that they buried her the next day. Mary’s aunt had a dream or nightmare about Mary still being alive in the grave. She believed this was a premonition and so she begged the family to dig up Mary. Apparently in those days it was common to accidently bury the living. When the family eventually agreed to dig her up they found her dead, but there were scratches on her casket and blood and wood underneath her finger tips. There is a spirit that wanders Winthrop Avenue and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard asking for rides from unsuspecting drivers; Mary is believed to be this hitchhiking spirit. You don’t have to worry too much, as she is said to leave the car before you arrive at your destination.

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University was founded in 1893 as a two-year teacher training school known as New Haven State Normal School. In 1937 the college grew into a four year college, and in 1959 the name was changed to Southern Connecticut State College. The college earned university status 24 years later. Their notable alumni list is littered with soccer and football players. A man named Daniel Trust is also on the list between the athletes. He is the founder of the Daniel Trust Foundation and a Rwandan Genocide survivor.

Haunts

Reports that come from the common area are more unsettling than terrifying. Doors and windows are reported to open on their own without regard of the lock. Closets rattle and faucets turn themselves on and off as they please. The worst report is that of a misty black figure that hangs around the common room. A student disclosed an encounter that he had with a massive black force. He said that the force hovered over him and paralyzed him with fear. A psychic has claimed to have cleaned the campus of this spirit. The psychic said that the spirit was of a young boy who was killed on the grounds before it was a campus. It was stated that the boy’s ghost invited more negative spirits while he was haunting the school grounds.

Fort Nathan Hale

Fort Nathan Hale - Memorial

Fort Nathan Hale - Memorial

Fort Hale Park sits on twenty acres on the east shore of New Haven Harbor. Two forts find residence on this plot of land: one is from the Revolutionary War (built in 1659), and the other is from the Civil War and was named after Nathan Hale. Nathan Hale is Connecticut’s official hero and worked as a spy for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was caught by the British and executed. His last words were “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”. Fort Hale Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and that included three buildings, one site, and three structures.

Haunts

Fort Nathan Hale - Bunker

Fort Nathan Hale - Bunker

The first reported haunts were from English settlers. They reported seeing green glowing orbs, which are now reported underground in the bunkers that are barred off from the public. They are believed to be the spirits of the Native Americans that lived in that area. There have been spottings of ghostly figures along the beach by the bunker. These ghosts are believed to be those of men from the many battles that have taken place there. Several different people have reported disembodied voices ranging from their name being called to hearing whispers of conversations.

Old Union Trust Building

Postcard: The Union & New Haven Trust Building

Postcard: The Union & New Haven Trust Building

The Old Union Trust Building was built for the Union and the New Haven Trust Company during the 1920s. In 1981 the Union Trust Company moved to Stamford, but they kept a branch open on the ground floor of the building. In 1995 a company that is now known as Wells Fargo purchased the building, and they opened a branch on the ground floor. In 2013 it was purchased by Cooper Church LLC. Throughout the years, the building had been used as office space for various businesses. Cooper Church has turned it into a luxury apartment building.

Haunts

Photograph: The Union & New Haven Trust Building

Photograph: The Union & New Haven Trust Building

Many of the hauntings that have been reported have come from the after-hours staff, including cleaning staff, security guards, and building managers. Most have felt the eerie feeling of being watched and heard distant footsteps in a building that they knew was empty, but those things couldn’t compare to the terror of having their names called by disembodied voices. Any security guard caught sleeping on the job was awoken by a fierce “PSST, PSST”, and many of them witnessed the shadow man that appeared just before dawn walking in front of the entrance doors. The tenth floor had many meetings that were only attended by the undead. During their meetings they would leave the light on and whisper loudly to each other until their conference was over, and then they would turn the light off. Some living agents would hear the footsteps or children playing in the building after hours only to be met with the vacancy of children. Some carpenters were doing work on the 12th floor of the building one day when they came upon the most awful of haunts: a man hanging; they quit the job the same day. There were many reports of mild haunts, such as lights being turned on, music playing, moans, and orbs passing through walls.

Albertus Magnus College

Founded in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, the college’s initial goal was to educate women. In 1940 Albertus Magnus College expanded to its present size of fifty acres. This meant the inclusion of a beautiful variety of surrounding mansions which are used as dorms or offices. Albertus Magnus College began welcoming male students into their college in 1985.

Haunts

The dorms on this campus have their own hauntings. Dominican Hall was built in 1956, rented out in 1970 to Yale as a psychiatric institution, and is now a co-ed dorm. The residents of the Dominican Hall have reported many different hauntings. They have stated that they have heard knocking on their walls, doors slamming, running through the halls, disembodied voices, televisions or stereos turned off if the sound was too loud for the ghosts.

Albertus Magnus College - McAuliffe Hall

Albertus Magnus College - McAuliffe Hall

This is not the only dorm to report hauntings on this campus. McAuliffe Hall and Stansbury Hall also have reported hauntings. McAuliffe Hall has reportings of two ghosts. The first is of a young boy, roughly 8-10 years of age, who is always looking for a playmate and who often changes the orientation of objects if not moving them completely. The other ghost in McAuliffe Hall is that of a woman wearing a green dress. She is said to haunt the front staircase. It is believed that she will try to shove you down the stairs if you do not hold the handrail after midnight. A student who lived in McAuliffe Hall once reported hearing the Green Woman singing around 10:00 p.m.

Albertus Magnus College - Stansbury Hall

Albertus Magnus College - Stansbury Hall

There is another dorm that has reported hauntings on campus, and that is Stansbury Hall. Girls in the dorm have reported having been poked and scratched as well as seeing objects fly off of the shelves. Some had such a hard time getting to sleep individually that they huddled up together in the middle of a room for protection. They have also seen a shadow pacing around the hall, and there was even a report of students being picked up and thrown against a wall.

Do you have any stories from the haunted locations listed or other haunted places in New Haven? We would love to hear about it in the comments!

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LOCAL HAUNTS: ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

LOCAL HAUNTS: ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Local Haunts: Allentown, Pennsylvania

By Margeaux DeMott

 In this edition of Local Haunts we cover some haunted places in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I was born in Allentown, however, my family left when I was young. I haven't been able to actually visit any of these haunted areas, but my mom worked at the King George Inn and had some experiences there. If you have any experiences at any of these locations or even ones that didn't make the list then please feel free to share in the comments.

Constitution Drive

Constitution

Constitution Drive (pictured above) is a long stretch of desolate, wooded road that sports a with a view of the Lehigh River as well as a pretty steep fall. Quite honestly it's a perfect area to creep yourself out. Heavy woods, steep drop, desolate. All things that add tension. My father told me it's where the cool kids went to party when he was younger. However, he doesn't have any stories. [Sorry dad]

**If ghost hunting here be careful. I read that it can be a dangerous area with robberies, rape, and other awful deeds. I also read that they have added more police attendance so you also might get snagged by them if they catch you hanging around for no obvious reason.**

The most reported haunting on Constitution Drive is that of a one-legged man walking two dogs with glowing red eyes. There are a couple of variations of the rumor as to why this man is haunting this area. It's said that the man was walking (with or without his dogs) along the train tracks when the train hit him (and his dogs or the dogs stay with him) he lost his leg (or is killed instantly) and slowly bled to death over a couple of days (the dogs starve to death with him). During the winter months people have reported and even photographed a trail of two sets of dog tracks walking along side a track of one foot print in the snow. People have also heard sounds of screaming when passing the train tracks. Hopefully those are ghosts and not actually people in danger. There is also a whistling or wooden flute sound in the woods that comes from every direction. Although not ghostly there was a rumor that there is a family of albinos who live in the woods that would do a number of nasty things. They're said to steal cars that have been left alone and drive them into the river or just push them in, but worst of all they're also said to have eaten people.

 

Hamilton Street & The Magic Tree

Hamilton

Hamilton Street is located in the Hamilton district that is also downtown Allentown. The street runs from East to West and hosts events, entertainment, dining, and culture.
On Hamilton Street people have said they saw a ghost of a young woman walking late at night. They say that she has a vacant look on her face. It is believed that she is the ghost of a young woman who was hit by a car in the 1960s while trying to cross the street. Hamilton Street has a tree known as the magic tree. Around this tree people have seen strange lights and report an eerie feeling when near the tree. I read that a student once took a picture of the tree and in the picture was a face in the tree. I can't find this picture, if you can let me know in the comments.

Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg College was first established in 1848. From the years 1848 to 1867 the college operated as the Allentown Seminary, Allentown Collegiate Institute, and the Allentown Collegiate and Military Institute.The college moved to Trout Hall in 1867 and renamed after Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. In 1905 the college relocated to a fifty-one acre area located in Allentown's west end. The campus has many buildings that were built in the traditional European Protestant style.

Haunts:
The ghost that haunts this college is believed to be Oscar Bernheim. Oscar Bernheim was either the former registrar or treasurer of the college. When he died he left his estate to the college which is the south side campus. While his house was still standing he haunted his attic, basement, beloved garden, and the third floor bed room that he died in. It is said that in his will he had specific instructions as to how the garden should be taken care of. The garden was not taken care of and has had dorms built atop it. Students in the dorm report hearing strange noises belongings being moved, and televisions turning on. These playful hauntings are said to be less frequent, if not non-existent, in rooms with healthy plants.

Dorney Park

Dorney Park

Solomon Dorney built a trout hatchery and summer resort on his estate in 1860. In 1870 Solomon Dorney decided to convert the estate into a public attraction. In the beginning Solomon Dorney added games, playground type rides, refreshment stands, picnic areas, and a hotel. A small zoo, some gardens and the mechanical rides were added in the 1880s. The park changed hands a couple of times and is currently owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Haunts:
Near a ride called The Dominator there is an old building that holds an arcade, some small shops, and some concessions. There is a corridor connecting the two concessions that leads to an old mine shaft. People have seen a ghost standing by this door before he quickly dissipates. There are also strange noises and odd occurrences around this area. At one of the oldest areas of the park is the antique carousel. Story states that Mrs. Mueller's husband carved carousel horses for a living. In 1917 he carved a horse that she absolutely fell in love with. When this horse ended up at Dorney Park it is said that she came with it. While the park was closed the carousel would turn on and run by itself. The horse has been moved to Cedar Point Frontier Town Museum, but it is still said that the carousel sometimes runs by itself at night. The Old Gold Mine Ride was built in the 1970s and burnt down in the 1980s. Part of the ride went through an area that was formerly Solomon Dorney's mansion. There had been reports of seeing him in that area.

King George Inn

King George

The King George Inn was built in four different sections over the years. The oldest section dates back to 1775 and was built during the French-Indian war. Additions were made in 1799, 1796, and the final one in 1930. The King George Inn boasts some pretty brutal deaths within its long history. It's said there was an Indian raid that left some dead and possibly a baby thrown into a well. There was also a suicide and the man is believed to still be in the building. The large stone building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Recently it was saved from the current owners demolition plans by public outrage. The building is undergoing changes and improvements so it is currently closed to the public.

Haunts:
There are several ghosts inside this building. When my mom was younger she worked at the King George Inn. The haunting that she found to be the involved an old well in the basement that had a locked iron gate in front of it. In the evening she could hear a baby crying from the depths of it. Other people have said they saw a woman carrying a crying baby around the basement as well as hearing the cries from the well. My mom often saw a woman walk through the hallway and sometimes look down from the main stair case. She saw another female ghost walk around the upstairs pub. A child ghost that my mom believes to be a little boy would run through the rooms even when the restaurant was full. She also heard foot steps behind her when in rooms alone. In the kitchen the man who hung himself is said to play pranks on the staff. It's said that he would move things and slam doors and generally making work a tad bit more difficult. A woman and her little girl dressed in colonial attire have been seen walking from the entrance into the dining room and also in the basement. Reports of a revolutionary solider and a bearded colonial man have also been seen throughout the building.

Do you have a city that you would like to see featured? Let us know in the comments.

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