LOOK AROUND: Kings Tavern Ghost Hunting

Walt's Look Around: Kings Tavern Ghost Hunting
Published: Jan. 15, 2016 at 10:21 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2016 at 10:28 PM CST
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NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The city of Natchez is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding this year.

King's Tavern is the oldest building in the oldest city on the Mississippi River, and if there was a ghost hide out, this would definitely be it.

1716 was when French explorers from the Mississippi Coast moved inland to the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and built a fort near where the Natchez Indians had their village.

Over time a town sprang up, and after awhile people got thirsty.

Jean-Luc Charboneau who owns Kings Tavern said, "Kings Tavern was built in the 1760's and became a tavern in 1789. Now to put that into perspective that was the same year George Washington was elected President."

Now, over two centuries later, ghost hunters are exploring King's Tavern trying to detect any stray spirits that may be about, but looking for one in particular named Madeline.

Mr. King hired a young girl by the name of Madeline to work for him at the tavern and not long after that he began to have an affair with Madeline and his wife had Madeline killed.

After this incident, the ghost hunters want to see if the story is true.

It was a chilly windy night, and the two-hundred-year-plus old timbers seem to creek especially loud tonight as the group goes about taking readings.

One of their sessions involves a device called an Echovox.

It's an app that lets you ask questions of any ghosts willing to answer.

Thomas Edison was trying to get away from some pesky reporters one time and when asked what he was working on next, briskly answered, A machine to communicate with the dead, and then he rushed off.

Wouldn't he be pleased today, now, there's an app for that.

Why do people hunt ghosts? Ghost hunter, David Childers said, "Basically to see if something is really out there. Same reason we've spent billions of dollars on radio telescopes aimed at the sky, listening."

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That's the season the French explorers came to the Mississippi Coast in 1699 and then on to Natchez in 1716, to explore and see for themselves what's really there.

Today, ghost hunters come to Natchez to see if any of those explorers are still here.

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