Jones County residents are invited to be a ghost hunter for a night at a local historic haunted house.
The Deason Home in Ellisville, built in 1845 by Amos Deason, was the scene of a murder during the Civil War.
Newt Knight stormed into the house, kicked down the door to the bedroom Amos McLemore was in and shot him in the back as he stood by the fireplace.
The house has been rumored to be haunted ever since and people say the door swings open and closes each anniversary of the murder.
The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) family members are giving curious guests the chance to discover the mystery of the house themselves.
Guests will visit rooms in the home with recording devices, such as tape recorders and ghost boxes, where they will see what they can pick up from the eight spirits inside the home.
Delta Paranormal Project is affiliated with TAPS and will be at the Deason home this weekend.
DPP MS historian Misty Smith and MS assistant coordinator Traci Pipkins said they’ve seen and heard many things in the home, but Pipkins wasn’t a believer until she saw the full apparition of a woman.
Smith said she’s never witnessed any paranormal activity with her own eyes, but she has heard electronic voice phenomenon’s (EVP) that she couldn’t explain.
The second-annual ghost tour is $20 a person for four hours of investigation time with TAPS family members. All proceeds help fund $40,000 of renovations for the outside of the home, which has to be professionally repaired to look the way it’s always looked.
The Deason Home will be open Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6:30-10:30. The guided tours are $20 for four hours of investigation time with TAPS members.
The murder of Amos McLemore will be reenacted on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Admission for this event is $5.
For anyone that cannot tour this weekend and would like to visit another time, call Misty Smith at 601-433-5150 or email email@example.com.