Haunted Holly Springs

Haunted Walking Tours

The Haunted Holly Springs Ghost Walking Tours are back for our third year!  For 2017, Haunted Holly Springs is offering not one, but TWO great walking tours!  This year, our main ghost walking tour is called “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” and will include the ghosts, legends and haunted houses associated with Holly Springs’ darkest hour: the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878.  This 1.5 mile walking tour begins and ends at the haunted Bottomless Cup (previously known as Lost River Mercantile and Miller’s Department Store), just off the Holly Springs Square.

If you want to get “up close and personal” with our town’s former residents, we recommend this year’s new walking tour, “City of the Dead”.  Due to popular demand, this new tour will be a lantern-light tour of Hill Crest Cemetery, the final resting place of Holly Springs’ most famous citizens!  Visit the beautiful graves of our dearly-departed residents and hear stories and legends of tragedy, heroism, ghosts and, of course, death.  As an added bonus, you’ll also be given a rare guided tour of the Magnolias, Holly Springs’ most famous haunted Gothic mansion and the filming location of the hit Hollywood movie “Cookie’s Fortune”.  You don’t want to miss this spectacularly-spooky tour!

City of the Dead

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Tour Highlights

The Forgotten Architect of Holly Springs

A Defender of the Alamo

The Last Letter of Robert McGuirk

The Hero of the Yellow Fever

The Door in the Grave

The Tragedy of Charlie Wells

The Return of the Shrouded Woman

Does Lizzie McEwen Rest Here?

The Priest Under the Yew Tree

What Happened to the Coxes?

Van Dorn’s Victim

Horrors at Magnolia Mansion

Tour Details

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Magnolias (1853)

The City of the Dead tour is a walking tour of Hill Crest Cemetery and the nearby Gothic mansion, the Magnolias. The tour is roughly 1 mile, and lasts about an hour and a half.  The tours will begin and end at the northwest entrance to Hill Crest Cemetery, near the intersection of South Center Street and East Elder Avenue.

There will be a total of six tours on the evening of Friday, October 20th, 2017, starting at 6:00 and continuing at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00.  Because we are trying to keep these groups small and due to the limited amount of tour times, you MUST preorder tickets on our Square store (see  below).  We absolutely CANNOT guarantee there will be any spots open on a tour by the middle of October.  Don’t wait to preorder tickets if you are interested in this event!  For more information on the City of the Dead tour, see the FAQs below.

Preordering Tickets

Before October 1st, the “early bird” price for “City of the Dead” tour tickets is $12.00 (not including tax).  As always, children 12 and under are FREE for all tours.  After October 1st, the standard ticket price of $15.00 (not including tax) will apply.  Pre-ordering tickets for this event is REQUIRED, due to the limited space on the tours.  You can preorder all Walking Tour tickets at the following link:https://squareup.com/store/haunted-holly-springs.

If for some reason you cannot buy tickets on our online store, you may email us at hauntedhollysprings@gmail.com.  Physical tickets will also be available to purchase at the Bottomless Cup store beginning in October.

To encourage preorders, we are offering a souvenir Haunted Holly Springs Stadium Cup, with a spooky color-changing effect, for FREE to all preordered tickets!

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Scourge of the Yellow Fever

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Tour Highlights

The Dreaded Yellow Fever House

Featherston Place’s Famous Ghost

A Most Cruel Death at the Craft House

The Doctor of Death

The Final Days of Father Ingraham

The Grave at McCarroll Place

The Doomed Politician

The Legend of Latoka

Courthouse Caskets

Murder and Mayhem on the Square

Tour Details

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The Scourge of the Yellow Fever tour is a ghost walking tour of historic Holly Springs, focusing on the stories and legends of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878, though several other historic houses, churches and other structures and the spooky stories associated with them will also be showcased.  The tour is 1 and a half miles, and lasts about two hours.  The tours will begin and end at the Bottomless Cup store (previously known as Lost River Mercantile and the Miller’s Store) at the southwest corner of the Holly Springs Square.

The Scourge of the Yellow Fever tours will be on Friday, October 27th, 2017 and will begin at 6:00 P.M., continuing every 15 minutes (with a break between 8:00 and 9:00 PM)  until 10:30 PM.  For more information on the Scourge of the Yellow Fever tour, see the FAQs below.

Preordering Tickets

Before October 1st, the “early bird” price for “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour tickets is $10.00 (not including tax). As always, children 12 and under are FREE for all tours. After October 1st, the standard ticket price of $12.00 (not including tax) will apply. Pre-ordering tickets for this event is not required, but strongly recommended.  You can preorder all Walking Tour tickets at the following link: https://squareup.com/store/haunted-holly-springs.

If for some reason you cannot buy tickets on our online store, you may email us at hauntedhollysprings@gmail.com. Physical tickets will also be available to purchase at the Bottomless Cup store beginning in October.

To encourage preorders, we are offering a souvenir Haunted Holly Springs Stadium Cup, with a spooky color-changing effect, for FREE to all preordered tickets!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Haunted Holly Springs Walking Ghost Tour?

The Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour is a fun, educational historical walking tour of historic Holly Springs, Mississippi, focusing on some of the more spooky and notorious locations throughout the town.  The “City of the Dead” walking tour will explore Holly Springs’ famous Hill Crest Cemetery, along with a visit to the magnificent Gothic Revival mansion Magnolias.  The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” walking tour will stop at various creepy and haunted houses, where you will hear tales of hauntings, murders, plagues and other mayhem from long-dead Holly Springs residents.  The Walking Tours are NOT traditional spook tours, with jump scares, chainsaws and bloody makeup.  Our tours strive to be fun and spooky, but still respectful to the families and citizens who have gone before us. 

Who leads the Haunted Holly Springs walking tours?

The “City of the Dead” walking tours will be led by local historians and preservationists Phillip Knecht, Alexandria Ashmead and Genieveve Busby, all in costume and portraying actual citizens from Holly Springs’ past.  The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” walking tour will take you to several locations throughout the town, where costumed reenactors- many of whom are citizens of Holly Springs with a passion for the history of this town- will tell you spooky but true stories!  

Is the Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour appropriate for children?

While some of the true stories told by our costumed interpreters can be frightening to young children, there are no jump scares, fake blood or other disturbing content.  Many children, 12 years and younger, have enjoyed our walking tours.  However, please be aware that our tours are anywhere from one to 1.5 miles long, and very young children will be very unlikely to have the energy or attention span to finish these tours.

Is the Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour wheelchair-accessible?

The “City of the Dead” tour, which takes place in a historic cemetery and a 175-year-old home, is unfortunately not 100% wheelchair-accessible.  The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour takes place largely on the public walkways and roads of the town, and is therefore mostly wheelchair-accessible, with the exception of the Yellow Fever House.   While most of the tour is wheelchair-accessible, there are areas of the walkways that are broken or damaged, and may require extra effort and attention to pass.  In addition, there are several spots on the walking tour which require walking across fairly busy roads, which may again require special effort and attention for those in wheelchairs. 

Are any historic homes visited on the tours?

On the “City of the Dead” tour, the haunted Gothic Revival mansion Magnolias will be visited and toured.  On the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour, several historic buildings can be visited, including the famous Yellow Fever House and the majestic Christ Episcopal Church.  

Will there be food and beverages served on the tours?

Food and beverage will not be served at the “City of the Dead” tour through Hill Crest Cemetery.  Due to popular demand from previous years, coffee and other beverages will be served at the Bottomless Cup store (headquarters for Haunted Holly Springs), and will anticipate having several food trucks and vendors near the Bottomless Cup store.  In addition, several of our local restaurants on the Holly Springs Square will be open for much of the night.

Are preordered tickets required?

For the “City of the Dead” tour, preordered tickets are REQUIRED due to the limited space on these tours.  For the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” walking tour, Preordered tickets are not required, but are highly recommended.  To encourage preorders of tickets, we are offering a souvenir Haunted Holly Springs Stadium Cup, with a spooky color-changing effect, for FREE to everyone who preorders tickets.  Walking Tour tickets may be preordered here: https://squareup.com/store/haunted-holly-springs.

How much are Walking Tour tickets?

“City of the Dead” tour tickets are $12.00 before October 1st, and $15.00 after October 1st.  “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tickets are $10.00 before October 1st, and $12.00 after October 1st.  As always, Children 12 and under are FREE for all tours.

Do the Walking Tours run in the rain?

Yes, all of our Walking Tours will run, rain or shine.  Please check the weather before arriving at the Walking Tour, and carry appropriate rain jackets or umbrellas.  If there is a severe weather situation that threatens the safety of guests, the walking tour will be cancelled and all tickets shall be refunded.

Where do we meet for the Walking Tours ?

For the “City of the Dead” walking tour, all tours begin and end at the northwest gate of Hill Crest Cemetery, located near the intersection of South Center Street and East Elder Avenue.  The closest street address is the Marshall County Health Department, located at 225 South Market Street, Holly Springs, MS 38635, which is across the street from the main north gate of Hill Crest Cemetery.  

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The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour will begin and end at the Bottomless Cup store (formerly Lost River Mercantile and Miller’s Store) on the southwest corner of the Holly Springs Square, located at 144 South Memphis St., Holly Springs, MS 38635.

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Where can we park?

For the “City of the Dead” tour, there is limited parking at the Marshall County Health Department, across from Hill Crest Cemetery and at the Marshall County Library, two short blocks north of the northwest gate to Hill Crest Cemetery.  There will be ample street parking along the surrounding residential streets.  For the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour, there will be ample parking along the Holly Springs Square and nearby residential streets.

When should we arrive for our Walking Tour ?

The “City of the Dead” tour begins at 6:00 P.M., and leaves every hour until 11:00 P.M.  Your preordered ticket will tell you which tour time you are booked for.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the beginning of your tour.  

The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” Tour begins at 6:00 P.M., with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that time.  There will be a break between 8 and 9.  Tours will begin again at 9:00 PM and continue until 10:30 PM.  with the final tour leaving at 11:15 P.M.  Once you purchase your ticket, you may arrive any time while the tours are being conducted, and your group will depart on the next available tour.  There may be a short 10-15 minute wait while your group is organized and the next tour group leaves.  We strongly recommend arriving at the Bottomless Cup between 15-30 minutes before you wish to begin your tour, to give you and your group time to check in and gather before beginning your trip.

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