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Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Longfellow House

In the ship-yard stood the Master...From Pascagoula's sunny bay

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. The Longfellow House Marker
Inscription. The Longfellow House was built in 1850 by Captain Daniel Smith Graham, a wealthy New Orleans slave trader and occasional pirate. After construction the captain continued with his sea-faring duties leaving his wife to keep up the mansion. As time passed the captain died mysteriously, the Civil War came and went, and Mrs. Graham moved away.

After Mrs. Graham's death the house went through a series of owners, In 1902 it was purchased by the Pollock Family who named it Bellevue although locals usually referred to it as the Pollock House. The plantation's biggest renovation occurred after Bob Ingalls came to town in 1938 and started Ingalls Shipbuilding. He needed an upscale place where visiting dignitaries could stay and changed the name to Longfellow House to reflect the popular notion, gained from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, The Building of the Ship, that the poet had been inspired to write while staying here. Those lines are the subtitle at the top of this panel. From the 1950s through the 1990s the property was operated as a country club with rooms and cabanas for rent and even a nine-hole golf course. There were subsequent changes of ownership and now the house is, once again, a private residence.

There are several legends associated with the Longfellow House that enhance its mystique. Reports of
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By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. The Longfellow House
The haunting of the Longfellow House has been a popular topic of conversation amongst Pascagoula natives for years. Legend has it that a slave who worked in the home was beaten nearly to death and sent into the woods to die. It is this slave that is believed to haunt the Longfellow House, and can often be heard moving around in the upstairs area of the home. It appears that the spirit is still angry as he has reportedly gotten violent on several occasions, pushing down one employee and slapping another.
unexplained noises and objects that mysteriously change their location lead to tales of haunting with speculation that the cause is the ghost of a slave who died as a result of mistreatment by Mrs. Graham. Her husband's pirating proclivities required a place to store the treasure, and this legend has led to periodic hole digging and wall demolition around the property but no gold has ever been found. As for the Longfellow poem connection, there is no evidence of Longfellow coming to this area. He was a New Englander, which had its own shipbuilding tradition, and he probably heard of Pascagoula as a source of large timber for sailing ship masts and a place replete with its own shipyards. Regardless of whether or not the legends are true, one thing is a fact: The Longfellow House remains an iconic symbol for the Pascagoula beachfront.

[Photo caption]: Longfellow House from 1940 postcard
 
Erected 2012 by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society & the Pascagoula Men's Club.
 
Location. 30° 20.556′ N, 88° 31.685′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Grand Oaks Drive, on the right when traveling east on Beach Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker
The Longfellow House and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. The Longfellow House and marker.
is at or near this postal address: 3401 Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Lawson – Military Hospital on Greenwood Island – 1848 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Twiggs and the Military Asylum 1849-1855 (about 500 feet away); Camp Jefferson Davis - Soldiers Return From The Mexican War - 1848 (approx. 0.3 miles away); President Zachary Taylor's Summer Home Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Louisiana Native Guard Attacks Pascagoula (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capt. John Grant (approx. 1.6 miles away); Shipbuilding in Jackson County (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Bellevue House (aka Longfellow House). (Submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Longfellow House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
4. The Longfellow House
View of marker along the Pascagoula Promenade. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
5. View of marker along the Pascagoula Promenade.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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