VICKSBURG’S MCRAVEN HOUSE REOPENS
(VICKSBURG, MISS.) September 24, 2015- McRaven House opens its doors to the public Friday October 2nd after an eight-year hiatus of being on tour. The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB) expects the home to be a major new attraction in the river city.
“The many curiosities of the contents of McRaven, both physical and spiritual will attract visitors from around the world,” said Bill Seratt, VCVB Executive Director. “It is truly one of the South’s greatest treasures.”
Named the “most haunted house in Mississippi” and the “third most haunted house in the United States,” McRaven has a haunted history for over 160 years. Buying McRaven seemed like a “no brainer” for Steven and Kendra Reed as the antiques appraised for more than the property; but it was the stories of the people who lived there set this house apart.
“We are very excited to reopen McRaven,” said Kendra Reed. “We believe it is an important part of Vicksburg's history and it has so many fabulous stories to share.”
McRaven tour home first opened to the public in 1961. It has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, LIFE Magazine, The Travel Channel, 48 Hours, and countless regional magazines and books about hauntings. Popular for being built in three different periods, National Geographic called it the “Time Capsule of the South.” Each addition to the house left the previous rooms untouched. Today McRaven is filled with museum quality antiques, true to each period. The rooms demonstrate a way-of-life for these periods that may otherwise be lost.
McRaven will be open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm for history tours and at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm for haunted tours. On Sundays, the home opens at 1:00 pm unless group reservations have been made. History tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-18, and free for children under 6. Haunted tours are $25. To book a tour or find out more information about McRaven, email General Manager Evan Winschel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Vicksburg Welcomes American Eagle
(VICKSBURG, MISS.) March 11, 2015- The brand new American Eagle owned by American Cruise Lines is about to debut on the Mississippi River and will be stopping in Vicksburg 31 times starting on Tuesday April 14.
The paddlewheeler has design elements reminiscent of an earlier time on the river coupled with a surprising assortment of modern luxuries. Spacious staterooms, fine furnishings, and private balconies are among the welcoming features which make the American Eagle comparable to world class hotels. Its sister ship, the Queen of the Mississippi, also docks at the Vicksburg riverfront.
“We are so excited to welcome another riverboat to our city,” said Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Having the paddlewheelers back on the Mississippi River and docking in Vicksburg is a wonderful addition to our city’s attractions.”
Along with the American Eagle and the Queen of the Mississippi, the American Queen will continue docking at the Vicksburg City Riverfront making for a total of 85 dockings at the riverfront this year. The riverboats bring in hundreds of passengers during each stop and enjoy tours at the city’s attractions, shopping and dining in the downtown area and guided tours of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Vicksburg Main Street have partnered on welcoming the boats with greeters and special downtown coupons to encourage passengers to check out shops and restaurants.
“We want to do everything we can to make the riverboats feel welcome in Vicksburg,” said Kim Hopkins, executive director of the Vicksburg Main Street Program. “We have so much to offer in downtown from boutiques and antique shops to art galleries and great dining. We want the passengers to get out and see why Vicksburg is so special and come back again on their own.”
For the complete schedule of the boat dockings, you can visit www.visitvicksburg.com/events. If you would like to volunteer to help greet the riverboats, you can call the VCVB at 601-636-9421 or Vicksburg Main Street at 601-634-4527. To book a cruise on the American Eagle, visit http://www.americancruiselines.com/small-riverboat-cruise-ships/American-Eagle.
VICKSBURG WELCOMES MALCOLM BUTLER HOME
?Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots / Keith Nordstrom
(VICKSBURG, MISS.) February 17, 2015: The City of Vicksburg will host a parade and ceremony for Vicksburg native and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Saturday, February 21 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Malcolm Butler, a cornerback for the New England Patriots, made the winning play at this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 when he intercepted the ball in the last 20 seconds of the game to seal the victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Butler is a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High School. He earned a scholarship to Hinds Community College and later played at the University of West Alabama. On May 19, 2014, he signed with the New England Patriots after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft and made his first start on December 14, where he made two tackles.
"I am honored and humbled by the hometown support I have received,” said Butler. “I look forward to celebrating the great season and Super Bowl win with my hometown. It has been a whirlwind since the Super Bowl but I am excited to be home.”
Former Mississippi NFL players such as Glen Collins, Jimmie Smith, Chris Burkett, Tyrone Keys, and Fred Smoot as well as The Sounds of Dynamite band from Alcorn State University and The Sonic Boom of the South band from Jackson State University are featured parade attractions.
The parade will begin on Belmont Street and the route will follow along Washington Street to China Street onto Mulberry Street and ending at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry Street. The Mayor will give Malcolm the ceremonial "Key to The City" following the parade around 4:00 p.m. at a special ceremony at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the citywide celebration with live bands, floats, and festivities for the whole family. Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. has declared February 17-22 “Malcolm Butler Week”.
“The City of Vicksburg is proud to be recognizing Malcolm Butler on Saturday, February 21 with a parade in his honor,” said Flaggs. “We salute Malcolm for never giving up on his dreams and proving that through hard work and a strong faith in God that anything in life can be accomplished. His dedication and determination has guided him to be the successful individual that he is today. He is truly an inspiration for all of us. Again, congratulations to our hometown hero Malcolm Butler!”
For more information about the parade contact Angela Jenkins at email@example.com or give her a call at 601-214-6922. For information about the ceremony at the Vicksburg Convention Center, contact Annette Kirklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 601-630-2929. For media requests, please contact Laura Beth Strickland at email@example.com or call her at 601-831-3373 by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.