Is New Madrid Missouri’s most haunted town?

Ghosts apparently gather here...

You’ll find New Madrid, Missouri along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, sitting right on top of a very active fault line.

new madridThis combination is like the “witches brew” for paranormal activity.

Christina McWaters with the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce, says the seismic activity and the movement of the river fuel the spirits that haunt places like the Hart-Stepp House, the Dixie Theatre and the county courthouse.

“I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve been spooked a few times,” said McWaters.

McWaters says that the town’s location may be behind all the paranormal activity.

“One of the theories is if you’re next to a moving body of water because that’s constantly producing energy, so it gives the spirits something to feed off of and they’re able to manifest themselves in some form or another a little easier,” according to McWaters.

Why are there so many ghost stories in New Madrid?

Sadly, the town has experienced more than its fair share of tragedy. The Great Quakes of 1811-1812, a Civil War battle, floods, fires, and murders lead many people to believe that New Madrid is most certainly home to more than the residents you can easily see.

According to research provided by the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce, the earthquake that struck on February 7, 1812, drowned the inhabitants of an entire Indian village.

More than 50 people were killed in the Battle of Island Number 10 which lasted from February 28, 1862 – April 8, 1862.

Those are just a few of the tragic events that have contributed to the haunted tales of the city.

The chamber offers walking tours so you can experience it all for yourself. You’ll need a reservation, so be sure to contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.

The 90-minute walking tour goes through the streets of town and tour guides will tell chilling tales of an era long past.


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