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!

Haunted Mississippi: LaPointe Krebs House And Cemetery

Haunted Mississippi: LaPointe Krebs House And Cemetery

Resting snuggly in the state of Mississippi, is a historical property in Pascagoula known as LaPointe Krebs House. Built in 1757, LaPointe Krebs House is the oldest property standing in Mississippi. The land was under Indian Occupation until the mid 1700’s, when it was then turned over to the French Settlers.

LaPointe Krebs House circa 1890

The original house was built and is still standing today, but in need of repairs. In 2014 the MDAH (Mississippi Department Of Archives And History) gave the LaPointe Krebs House a Community Heritage Preservation Grant Of $200,000 to restore the structure, located at 4602 Fort St, Pascagoula, Mississippi.

There is also a museum that operates on the land, that was built in 1979. Originally the house was the museum, from 1950-1980, but since then the adjacent building was created. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military and all over 65 yrs and $3 for children.

LaPointe Krebs House museum

What does this historic site have to do with spooky fun and Halloween you may ask? Well I’m not just giving you all a quick history lesson for fun! This year LaPointe Krebs House will hold its thirteenth (a number loved by many horror fans) annual Historic Cemetery Tour.

On Thursday October 24th, from 530pm to 730pm, all are welcome to enjoy a historical tour of the LaPointe Krebs property. They will see the house itself and the cemetery. This ghostly tour of the property is free, but all donations will be welcome.

Many of the members of the Krebs family line are buried in the small cemetery, as well as an array of locals. The “residents” of the cemetery range from the age of 1 day old to 100years old and some of the headstones have been damaged due to age, weather (including Hurricane Katrina) and vandalism. It is a fascinating site and it would be interesting to know if any of those who now inhabit the graveyard, speak to the living.

Will the children of years gone by playfully explore the grounds? Will visitors hear the cries of wounded soldiers from wars long passed? And will the Krebs family visit all who come to see their original home?

LaPointe Krebs House

If you’re curious and would like to take a look for yourself, come down to the LaPointe Krebs House (all ages welcome) On October 24th and see for yourself between 530 and 730pm.

LaPointe Krebs House – 4602 Fort St, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Museum Hours Tuesday to Friday 10am -5pm , Saturday 10am-3pm. Admission listed above (in article)

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Fear Fete Horror Con and Film Fest

Fear Fete Horror Con and Film Fest

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Fear Fete in Biloxi

Fear Fete in Biloxi Mississippi

Fear comes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast this Halloween season, as the Fear Fete Horror convention and film festival returns to Biloxi. This October 16-18th Fear Fete will be back at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center. While Fear Fete might be a smaller convention, it isn't lacking in great celebrities and cool horror films.

I went to Fear Fete last year after discovering it on Facebook at the last moment. I was only able to stay a couple hours but was able to meet Lloyd Kaufman, of Troma fame, for the first time. Also got to meet (again) Tony Todd (Candyman) and Tyler Mane (Halloween) again. I only had the time to check out on feature film, the independent Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head, and had the chance to meet the director Tommy Faircloth and actress Lizzy Mears.

Sid Haig Is Coming to Fear Fete

This year the guest list at Fear Fete is just as impressive. The list includes the nicest guy on the circuit, Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects), Alex Vincent (Child's Play), Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster, and special effects master Robert Kurtzman of KNB effects. Robert was also the director of the Wes Craven produced Wishmaster, along with many other guests. Fear Fete will also feature a reunion of last years film favorite Dorchester's Revenge. Dorchester's Revenge has been re titled for DVD release as Dollface, which is a little less of a mouth full.

The show also has a full weekend of Horror films, both feature length and shorts. Films include Valley of the Sasquatch from the United States and Inner Demons from Australia, and many more. A full list of movies can be found on the website. There will also be vendors of course and something called “The Zombie Survival Experience” sounds intriguing.

The full guest line up (as of this writing) is:

Sid Haig
Jeremy London (Mallrats)
Alex Vincent
Andrew Divoff
Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th)
Robert Kurtzman
Cast and crew from Dollface

So come on out if you are in the area, and I hope to see you at Fear Fete in Biloxi.

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