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Ghost or no ghost, the building's been remade, renovated, and re-opened during the last few months.

MYSTERY MONDAY: Spirits & Spirits at the King's Tavern in Natchez

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"The fireplace fell in and they found three bodies. One of a young woman with a jewel daggar. So that's when the stories of Madeline, who was Mr. King's mistress came to light. And the building is supposedly haunted by Madeline," Charboneau said. "The fireplace fell in and they found three bodies. One of a young woman with a jewel daggar. So that's when the stories of Madeline, who was Mr. King's mistress came to light. And the building is supposedly haunted by Madeline," Charboneau said.
After being vacant for more than two years the space has been revived by local chef and nationally renowned Chef Du Cuisine - Regina Charboneau. After being vacant for more than two years the space has been revived by local chef and nationally renowned Chef Du Cuisine - Regina Charboneau.
"It actaully dates back to 1789. And it was owned by Richard King and it was an original tavern. Downstairs is where they would bring their horses. And then upstairs they would be fed, and then on the third floor their were rooms," Charboneau said. "It actaully dates back to 1789. And it was owned by Richard King and it was an original tavern. Downstairs is where they would bring their horses. And then upstairs they would be fed, and then on the third floor their were rooms," Charboneau said.
"The fireplace fell in and they found three bodies. One of a young woman with a jewel daggar. So that's when the stories of Madeline, who was Mr. King's mistress came to light. And the building is supposedly haunted by Madeline," Charboneau said. "The fireplace fell in and they found three bodies. One of a young woman with a jewel daggar. So that's when the stories of Madeline, who was Mr. King's mistress came to light. And the building is supposedly haunted by Madeline," Charboneau said.
"One of our kitchen guys, on a regular basis, tells me that it feels like somebody just walks up and puts a hand right in the middle of his back," Woolfolk said. "One of our kitchen guys, on a regular basis, tells me that it feels like somebody just walks up and puts a hand right in the middle of his back," Woolfolk said.
Two bodies under the floorboards. Another stuffed inside a chimney.

This is the notorious history of the King's Tavern: the oldest standing building in the city of Natchez.

After being vacant for more than two years the space has been revived by local chef and nationally renowned Chef Du Cuisine - Regina Charboneau.

And with the building revival, so to are the stories of 'Madeline' a young girl said to haunt the space.

NEWS CHANNEL 12's Jacob kittilstad pulls up the bar at the King's Tavern this MYSTERY MONDAY.

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Torching rosewater and capturing the smoke off a cedar plank in an upside-down glass, bar manager Ricky Woolfolk mixes the complex cocktails at the Kings Tavern.

It's a restaurant, he said, specializing in spirits of all kinds.

"One of our kitchen guys, on a regular basis, tells me that it feels like somebody just walks up and puts a hand right in the middle of his back," Woolfolk said.

Charboneau, the building's current owner, holds the title in questionable company.

"It actually dates back to 1789. And it was owned by Richard King and it was an original tavern. Downstairs is where they would bring their horses. And then upstairs they would be fed, and then on the third floor their were rooms," Charboneau said.

"Richard King - from all the stories I've heard and read up on hired a young girl to come work for him. And, from all accounts, it was his wife that actually hired two men to murder her," Woolfolk said.

"But the most notorious history of this building was in 1932. The postway family lived here for about 130 years," Charboneau said.

"The fireplace fell in and they found three bodies. One of a young woman with a jewel dagger. So that's when the stories of Madeline, who was Mr. King's mistress came to light. And the building is supposedly haunted by Madeline," Charboneau said.

Ghost or no ghost, the building's been remade, renovated, and re-opened during the last few months.

And it's happened without issue.

A wood burning pizza stove crackles while the chimney (once-turned-crypt) stays cold.

But the real question is do the employee who work here believes that this ghost - Madeline - exists?

"You know, I was not a believer originally but there've been a couple of incidents and the most bizarre incident that I had a person coming to repair a refrigerator," Charboneau said.

"So I was going to text him that I was going to open the back door. When I picked up my phone the word 'ghost' was in my text box. And I know you can kind of explain that with hitting buttons or predictive text or whatever but it is the strangest thing that's happened to me," Charboneau said.

For others there's an actual aura felt, Woolfolk said.

"Just intense feelings of sadness and dread. It's really weird. it will come on like lightning and hit you like a ton of bricks then it's gone," Woolfolk said.

"We kind of focus on spirits of a different kind - our craft cocktails - but people come everyday and want to hear about Madeline," Charboneau said.

Charboneau's husband owner is also working to open a rum distillery next door - completely reopening the supposedly haunted space.

The restaurant is currently open Thur-Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm and Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.

If you have an idea for a MYSTERY MONDAY story contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.

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