Oral family history tells the story of a secret passage in the parlor of the Deason Home located adjacent to the fireplace. To obtain entrance one would have to press a particular panel in a specific spot. The panel which served as a door then would come open. The passage itself is an opening or crawl space around the fireplace and chimney which afforded an excellent hiding place. During the War Between the States, Mrs. Eleanor Deason is said to have stored her gold in this passage for safe keeping. The gold was reportedly part of a sizable dowry that Eleanor received upon marrying Amos Deason. Other oral history states she concealed a wounded Confederate soldier in this passage when she heard that the Yankees were coming. The soldier was staying at the Deason Home while recuperating from injuries received during front line fighting. After the death of her husband, Grandma Anderson [Sarah Pool Anderson] is known to have kept, for protection, a double barreled shotgun hidden in this passage.
Down through the eon’s of time one can only imagine what other items were housed – What other secrets this passage holds. Today the passage opening has been reduced in size and the secret passage has become a closet for the bedroom – the famous “Murder Room” – located behind the parlor.
The home is open for tours the first and third Saturdays of each month. Admission is $5. Private tours and ghost hunts are also scheduled. The Deason Home will also be open on Saturday, June 25 from 4 – 7:30 for tours. For more information, please visit our website http://www.deasonhome.org. Be sure to like us on Facebook (Deason Home). The home is located at 410 Anderson Street, Ellisville, MS in the heart of the Free State of Jones.