Haunted Holly Springs
Haunted Walking Tours
Summer is Ending, Fall is Near . . . Come Ghouls and Ghost, Haunted Holly Springs is here!
Haunted Holly Springs returns for its fourth frightening season with two all-new spooky tours and several additional events throughout October!
This year we are retiring the costumes, actors, props and scripts and returning to our roots: ghost stories, local legends, forgotten myths and barely-whispered tales of murder and mayhem. Join your local historian guides as they take you on a tour of the dark corners of Holly Springs: haunted houses, spooky cemeteries, splendid churches and the twisting, turning streets of old Holly Springs. To maintain an appropriately-spooky atmosphere during our tours, we are limiting the size and number of our tours, so it is more important than ever to pre-order your tickets online!
Scourge of the Yellow Fever Tour
Friday, October 19, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Our first new tour is called “Scourge of the Yellow Fever.” Though this tour shares the name with a tour from previous years, this is a completely new experience. The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour is a night tour of Hill Crest Cemetery, exploring the stories and legends of the Yellow Fever Epidemic, a three-month period in 1878 when Holly Springs was literally a “Hell on Earth”. This isn’t just your usual cemetery walking tour or ghost tour, but a complete narrative experience, using the actual recorded words and thoughts of Yellow Fever victims as they slowly succumbed to the Yellow Death. We will follow these unfortunate souls, from the early hushed whispers of a new plague arriving in town, to the horrifying reality of “Yellow Jack” as hundreds of citizens suffered horribly, to the final, inevitable ending: a fresh grave, hastily dug in moonlight. “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tours will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 19th and 20th, with a concluding “Halloween Night” version of the tour in the final hours of All Hallow’s Eve. A portion of all proceeds from this tour will go towards the continuing preservation and maintenance of Hill Crest Cemetery.
There will be a total of six tours: Friday, October 19th, at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 P.M.; Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 and 10:00 P.M., and a special Halloween Night tour, on Wednesday, October 31st, at 10:00 P.M. This Halloween Night tour will also include the telling of a famous local ghost story, told next to the grave of the ghost of the story! This tour is sure to sell out soon, so don’t wait to order your tickets!
This year, tour sizes will be smaller than ever, so you MUST preorder your tickets on our website. 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 Scourge of the Yellow Fever tour, see the FAQs below.
Tickets for the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tours can be purchased on our website, at: www.hauntedhollysprings.com.
To encourage preorders, we are offering a collectable souvenir Haunted Holly Springs Stadium Cup, with a spooky color-changing effect, for FREE to all preordered tickets!
Murderers and Marauders Tour
Friday, October 26, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
The Dreaded Yellow Fever House
Murder and Mayhem on the Holly Springs Square
Lust and Murder at the Doxeys
The Girl Who Saw Her Death
Blood Runs Down the Courthouse Walls
The Ghost Clown of Randolph Street
The Mannequins Come Alive at the Martyrs Museum
The Famous Poltergeist of Linden Hill
And MUCH More!
Our second tour is called “Murderers and Marauders”: a 1.5 mile, two hour walking tour of many of the most haunted homes, churches and Museums in town. Come hear tales of murder and mayhem from decades past, and the ghosts and ghouls who still roam the dark corners of Holly Springs. See the house where the dreaded Yellow Fever began, and visit the church dedicated to the Yellow Fever Martyrs, where mannequins are said to come alive at night. Experience the tragic tale of Reverend Ingraham at his hauntingly-beautiful Church, and hear of the night when blood oozed from the walls of the Courthouse. And, new for 2018, go inside two of the most haunted homes in Holly Springs: Graceland Too and Linden Hill! Your spooky tour concludes with a visit to the oppressive, dark basement of the Bottomless Cup coffee shop, the site of one of the most infamous murders in Holly Springs history. The “Murderers and Marauders” tour will held Friday and Saturday evenings, October 26th and 27th. A portion of all proceeds from this tour will go towards the preservation and restoration of the Yellow Fevers Martyrs Museum.
PLEASE NOTE: This tour visits two of the most haunted homes in North Mississippi. These homes have active hauntings as of 2018, with recorded and verified recent paranormal activity. Because of the uncertain nature of these hauntings, visitors are requested to remain respectful to the owners of these homes and their resident ghosts or spirits when entering these homes. In addition, the Murderers and Marauders tour may not be suitable for very young children or those susceptible to psychic or paranormal phenomena.
The “Murderers and Marauders” tours will be held on Friday, October 26th, with tours leaving at 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. , and Saturday, October 27th, with tours leaving at 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. For more information on the Murderers and Marauders tour, see the FAQs below.
Tickets for the “Murderers and Marauders” tours can be purchased on our website, at: www.hauntedhollysprings.com.
Movie with the Martyrs
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Our final event is called “Movie with the Martyrs”, on Friday, October 12th, at the historic Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum, located in a former church built in 1841. Hot cider and snacks will be served before the lights are dimmed for a showing of the classic silent film, Nosferatu, the movie that spawned hundreds of later horror movies! This family-friendly event costs only $2, to cover processing fees, but we will be collecting additional optional donations for the continuing upkeep of the Martyrs Museum. Space will be very limited for this event, so we strongly recommend ordering your tickets well in advance!
Tickets for the “Movie with the Martyrs” event can be purchased on our website, at: www.hauntedhollysprings.com.
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. Haunted Holly Springs is now in its fourth year, and has become a mainstay of the October and Halloween season in Holly Springs and North Mississippi. The “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” is a new night tour of Hill Crest Cemetery, incorporating a running narrative of the horrors from the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. The “Murderers and Marauders” walking tour will stop at various creepy and haunted houses, where you will hear tales of hauntings, murders, plagues and other mayhem while visiting several homes, churches and museums. 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.
Is the Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour appropriate for children?
While some of the true stories told by our tour guides are 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. In addition, please note that the “Murderers and Marauders” tour visits two of the most haunted homes in North Mississippi. These homes have active hauntings as of 2018, with recorded and verified recent paranormal activity. For this reason, the Murderers and Marauders tour may not be suitable for very young children or those susceptible to psychic or paranormal phenomena.
Is the Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour wheelchair-accessible?
Neither tour is entirely wheelchair-accessible, as the tours visits cemeteries and historic houses which were built prior to the construction of wheelchair ramps. The Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum is also not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Are any historic homes visited on the tours?
On the “Murderers and Marauders” tour, two antebellum homes and two antebellum churches will be visited, as well as the antebellum Bottomless Cup Coffee Shop, where our headquarters are located.
Will there be food and beverages served on the tours?
Light snacks will be provided at the “Movies with the Martyrs” event. We are hoping to procure a food truck or encourage local food eateries to participate in our events. More information will be provided at a later date.
Are preordered tickets required?
Preordered tickets are not strictly required, though tour sizes this year are smaller than any previous year. Preordering tickets on our website (www.hauntedhollysprings.com) is strongly recommended.
How much are Walking Tour tickets?
“Scourge of the Yellow Fever” tour tickets are $10.00. “Murderers and Marauders” tickets are $15.00. The “Movies with the Martyrs” event is a nominal $2.00, to cover processing fees and expenses. 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. Refunds will NOT be given due to weather conditions.
Where do we meet for the Walking Tours ?
For the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” 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.
The “Murderers and Marauders” tour will begin and end at the Bottomless Cup coffee shop (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.
Where can we park?
For the “Scourge of the Yellow Fever” 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 “Murderers and Marauders” tour, there will be ample parking along the Holly Springs Square and nearby residential streets. For the “Movie with the Martyrs” event, street parking is available along College Avenue.