Cedar Grove Mansion
John Klein purchased this lot of property in 1840 and he immediately went to work at building the Greek Style Mansion. In 1842, he married Elizabeth Bartley Day and gave the house to her as a wedding present. They purchased the finest European materials and commissioned Prudent Mallard to construct several pieces of furniture. Ten years later, in 1852, the house was completed.
When the siege of Vicksburg had began, the house sustained damage from the bombardment and still displays a cannon ball lodged in the parlor wall to this day. Elizabeth happened to be pregnant at the time and underwent some scorn from her fellow residents, because she was a cousin of William Tecumseh Sherman who fought on the Union side. Sherman was said to have arranged for Elizabeth to come to the Union side for her safety as well as that of her unborn child. After the surrender of Vicksburg, the mansion was used as a short time for a makeshift hospital for Union soldiers and was even believed to play host to General Ulysses S. Grant in what is today's Grant Room.
The Klein family continued to live in the house after the war, but the family was considered cursed for their Union sympathies. For evidence, the residents pointed out that three of the Klein's ten children died at a young age. Furthermore, their 17-year-old son died from a tragic gun accident when a gun he was carrying dropped and fired. His name had been William and he was definitely doomed in some people's eyes because he was named after Sherman.
The House Today
Despite the curse, the Klein family stayed in the house until 1919, when the house was finally sold. It underwent various owners afterwards and slowly fell into disrepair. Reportedly one of these owners took her life in the ballroom of the house during this time. In 1983, the property was purchased by Estelle and Ted Macky, who immediately renovated the mansion, the property, and some surrounding houses as well. Today it is a bed and breakfast and now sits on five acres of land. Check the site below for more information.
Some of the past families that occupied the Mansion are believed to still occupy the house to this day. Various apparitions have been reported including Confederate soldiers, a young child and two women. One is believed to be the spirit of Elizabeth Klein and the other is reportedly the suicide victim. Aside from the apparition sightings, the sounds of children playing and a ghostly baby's cries have been heard, footsteps walking about the house and outside the front door have been reported, and the scent of tobacco pipe (John Klein's pastime) comes from nowhere. Yet further encounters are with strange shadowy figures and/or the sensation of someone running past when there is no one there.