Monday, April 18, 2011


A 20 room Neo-classical Revival mansion in Meridian completed in 1904, the house began as a small cottage which served as headquarters for Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in 1863. Merrehope is now a museum of local history. "Trees of Christmas" tours are held every Christmas to raise money for upkeep and restoration.

Local legend says that this antebellum home is haunted by 2 spirits. One is of a man who committed suicide in one of the back bedrooms. His heavy footsteps can still be heard from that upstairs bedroom. The other spirit is of a young lady. Although never linked to the house, she started making appearances when an antique photo was placed in the house for display. Late at night her ghost can be seen from an upstairs bedroom either glowing or holding a candle.

Merrehope is one of few remaining antebellum houses in Meridian, Mississippi. It was started in 1858 and was one of the few buildings that was not destroyed by General William Tecumseh Sherman during the Civil War. In house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 (NRHP #71000455).

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