Tennessee isn't unfamiliar with haunted tourist attractions. The ominous Bell Witch Cave in Adams has attracted visitors from far and wide for 200 years now.
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Haunted Tennessee Hotels and Inns
Bolivar - Magnolia Manor B&B
This historic building flaunts it's haunted reputation, and gives paranormal tours. Lights go on and off, doors open and close, and occasionally heavy footsteps walking up the staircase are reported.strange noises, full apparitions including a ghostly woman in a Victorian era dress who pulls the covers off guests in the 1849 Room. An old woman's ghost has been seen in a rocking chair in the C.A. Miller Suite and also holding a candle in Annie's Room.
Dandridge - Mountain Harbor Inn
The apparition of a little girl is said to haunt the balcony, and benevolent apparitions of a man and woman are said to haunt the hotel.
Dover - The
Riverfront Plantation Inn/b>
A Civil War field hospital, this was once called the Crow Home - hauntings include doors that open and shut themselves and cries and moans
- Sunspree Resort Holiday Inn
Varied and multiple accounts of paranormal activity is reported. Folklore surrounding the building includes a businessman who went for a swim, then killed himself by self inflicted gunshot in room 471 in the late 1990's. His apparition is said to haunt the pool area. Another story involves a Boy Scout leader who killed some of his scouts while staying on floor 7. When the building was empty during a winter hiatus, an employee claimed to have heard screaming and sounds of feet running in the empty 7th floor. Room 413 is haunted by a girl who was drowned in the bathtub by a man she and her friend were partying with in the 1970's. The maids have said objects move around the room and the bathroom has odd noises that scare them. The other girl, who went to smoke on the stairwell near the kitchen, was then strangled by the man as well. A former cook is said to haunt the kitchens here, throwing dishes and turning faucets on and off.
The real stories (or closer to the real stories) come from this
message board. There was no boy scout massacre, rather a troop that had
stayed there lost a scout on a camp-out nearby (he died somehow), and the
leader, distrught, killed himself (but not at the hotel) following the death.
The girls were murdered in the hotel in 1980: named Jenny Stevens and Tonya
Roberts, both from Crestwook KY. The man was a 26 year old bouncer from a local
bar named Allan Wayne Hughes. The incident was drug-related. The account written
here says "Jenny and Tanya Roberts were from
Crestwood, Kentucky and on thier way home from visiting Tanyas grandmother when
they stopped for the night in Gatlinburg, TN. That night a bouncer from a local
night club followed them to thier room where he first killed Jenny. Tanya ran
down the hall beating on doors screaming for help when he caught up with her.
Killing her and leaving her body in the stairwell."
(Oddly enough, Allen Wayne Hughes came up for
~ed.) 520 Historic
Gatlinburg - Rocky Top Village Inn
A double murder occurred here in 1986, which was featured on the popular true crime TV show "City Confidential". A group of four drug addicted losers ran out of money and drugs in Gatlinburg and killed a female clerk and a male security guard in a botched robbery (and in a particularly grisly manner), leaving a pathetic note behind in a phone booth:
"Policeman Please forgive me for killing thoss 2 pople in galtinburg. I was just wanting the money in the room, but the guard wanted to take my gun. Joe seen him he hit him with Light, then he went cazy cutting them up, he mayed me shoot them hope they were already dead then hope I missed girl she was Nice. Had shoot guard Between eyes. Sorry about all this but Joe's mean he would killed me to if i haded done what he said .hope they had no kids cann't sleep thinking about. sorry it happen please forgive me hope I can start sleeping, if not gonna kill my self. gonna home hope I can get away of from Joe he's mean he'll kill me if he knows I wrote letter. that's allright got ask for forgive Ness. cann't Live Like I am Now. Here girLs knife,hope means something to someone. No good for anything.Please forgive me.please Do hope they had No kids Cann't Live with my self.”
Oh, ok... well since you said you were sorry and stuff...
Anyway the current staff doesn't like to address questions about the murders or any paranormal rumors. The stories include an apparition near the fountain, and screams from the parking lot. (the people were killed in the back office area) 311 Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road
Jefferson City (near Dandridge)- Tennessee Mountain Inn
a little girl's ghost wanders the balconies. 531 Patriot Dr
The Andrew Johnson Motel
One account sent to Linda Linn's website claimed that Country songwriter and performer extraordinaire Hank Williams (senior) stayed here the night of his accidental death at the age of 29. The drug and alcohol addled Williams was officially found in the back seat of his car, and had asphyxiated after over-medicating himself. Rumors have circulated, according to this source, that Williams actually died in his room at the hotel, and the chauffer moved his body to the car and drove it to West Virginia, where it was found by police. (why? don't ask me...) Anyway, the mournful singing of old Hank is said to be heard on lonely Tennessee nights in the vicinity of the hotel. It's unclear whether this building still has lodging - it appears to house offices for the most part 912 S. Gay St
Historic Tower House Inn
This bed and breakfast boasts the ghost of a former owner, who has been spotted in the small Civil War museum they have, and also the parlor. The man's wife is heard crying during storms. A toddler aged boy is seen in the upstairs room he used to occupy.
One visitor in the 1980's awoke to find that their legs were being "held down" by an unknown force. The building was used as an army hospital... well, I think you know where I'm going with this one by now. 2914 Dickerson Pike
Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Formerly Opryland USA)
The phantom of Hank Williams was seen by a worker. When a cover band was playing a Hank Williams song, the electricity went out. Also a woman's ghost has been seen in the hallways at night
Ooltewah - Super
A terrified looking young woman has been seen undressing on a bed, then fades away, accompanied by feelings of terror and dread. It has been postulated that it is the ghost of a murdered prostitute. 8934 Lee Highway I-75 Exit 11 (10 miles from Chatanooga) possibly 5111 Hunter Rd, please research before visiting
Wartrace - Walking Horse Hotel & Restaurant
This town was where the malnourished and sickly confederate war prisoners were set free after the civil war - many died in the hotel shortly after release. This building also bore witness to a Vietnam vet who went on a killing spree during an acid flashback in the late 70's. The sounds of running and gunfire are sometimes heard. Room 11 is especially eerie. 101 Spring St
Haunted Tennessee Tourist Attractions
Nashville Ghost Tours
Bell Witch Cave/ John Bell Farm Tours (Adams)
Memphis Walking Ghost Tours
Hale's Haunted Tour (near Chattanooga)
Appalachian Ghost Walks (Eastern TN and Southwest Va)
Adams - The
John Bell Farm and Cave
The Bell Witch is a story that goes back many generations, and is one of the oldest and most well known in the United States. Outside of the tiny burg of Adams is a cave, formerly owned by John Bell, which some feel is to this day haunted by a restless and vindictive female spirit.
John Bell, a cooper by trade who switched to farming, owned a large plantation in the early 1800's. Bell got in a disagreement with another local family named Batts over the sale of a slave. There was a woman in the Batts family named Kate, who for whatever reason was blamed for an onset of afflictions and problems within the Bell household. Kate was poor and odd and used strange language sometimes that was outside the common local vernacular. People thought she was a weirdo. She was made fun of within the community. According to one historian, she wasn't even closely related to the Batts who had the dispute over the slave. Her biggest sin as a 19th century woman in the south: she was "a little too full of herself." She was an easy target. The Bell's histrionic teenage daughter named Betsy seemed to be repeatedly tormented by "demon forces". Betsy is described as rather unattractive - a pudgy, red headed, solid girl in height and girth. Not so popular with the guys. She was probably a little lonely and bored and pissed at the world for not being the bell of the ball (excuse the pun...).
According to the Bell family, who would eventually find fame from their notoriety, in 1817, a number of strange poltergeist like occurrences happened in the Bell home, including voices and whispers that were uttered by otherworldly mouths and the brutal mental and physical battering of little Betsy Bell. The haunting continued for four years, and attracted such attention that people from all over came to the plantation to bear witness to the phenomena. The poltergeist, which had acquired the name "Kate", even with the physical absence of Kate Batts, was blamed for John Bell Sr.'s untimely and abrupt death of poisoning (I'm looking right at you, Betsy Bell...). It was said that this ghost, unlike any other ghost of lore before or since, spoke in plain English in a conversational manner to the people it tormented, and itself predicted that it would indeed kill Bell. (I bet it spoke though kind, sweet lil' Betsy.)
No details are ever given about the slave, who was the actual one in the real life nightmare. Irony.
The family allowed visitors to witness the "spectral phenomena" in their home. It is stated on a Tennessee history website that they did not accept money from the throngs of visitors who flocked to the home to see the famous poltergeist, bet were gracious toward them as was the required etiquette of the time. The Bell family became the 19th century version of a modern-day reality show. The Bell farm became so famous that General Andrew Jackson (prior to his presidency) was said to have gone to see the sight, and his carriage wheels became stuck. Jackson, rather a pussy when it comes to witches I guess, was famously spooked by the event and thought the witch had "bewitched" his carriage. (Here's an old book illustration - to the left - of a couple of tourists riding away from the haunted Bell house, with a big load of shit in their drawers after being scared silly.) It is thought that John Bell perpetuated the war with his neighbor, and his newfound fame, by using ventriloquism and trickery that he learned in New Orleans when trading goods downriver. It seems to me the biggest story here is "who killed John Bell". The family was reportedly
Here is a postcard from 1909 of the John Bell house (God bless old images out of copyright and in the public domain...) It tells you how popular this story was, considering Betsy Bell had died at an old age in 1888, and the farm was the subject of postcards all those years later.
(this part is my account of getting lost near Adams with my sister and pointlessly driving around for 2 solid hours in, like, 2000 or something...)The cave is supposedly marked by a marker (a common sight in the south along the path of civil war battles are concrete or metal historical markers of all sizes and shapes), but when I looked for the cave, admittedly at night, my sister and I drove and drove and saw no marker. A girl at the gas station in Adams was nice enough and told us exactly how to find it, but alas - it was not to be. I did get a nifty photo of the Adams sign though...
I don't know for sure, but I recently saw a TV show that toured the cave, and it hinted at the possibility that the current owner offers tours (but like I said, I don't know this for sure). Adams can be reached easily from I-24 in northwest TN, on hwy 41. It is under an hour northwest of Nashville. You'll have to ask for directions to the farm, 'cause I didn't find it! There was a sign post at the turn off we were given from which the sign had been removed, maybe because it was winter and they were trying to discourage visitors in the 'off season'. I know, I know - what a crappy 'editorial'...
UPDATE 7/2011: There is now a Bell Witch Museum inside the Adams Antique Mall, which is the town's old school. 7617 US Hwy 41 N, On the north side of US Hwy 41 just east of Keysburg Rd. Open Tu-Su 10 am - 8 pm. Call to verify: 615-696-1222 People claim to have had "supernatural occurrences" in the old building. Apparently the village used to celebrate the local witch every year with "Kate Fest" (the 'witch' was named Kate Batts, and she is, by the way, buried nearby... This site has great photos - but really small ) but it doesn't appear that they have it anymore, or at least it isn't highly promoted if they do. There is a remaining stone structure from the Bell plantation that was built by John Bell around 1810 behind the Bell School building on Highway 41. There is a memorial for the Bell family at Bellwood Cemetery. The "witch", Kate Batts, is buried along with her husband in their family plot, near Adams as well. The Bell witch site warns that the Batts cemetery is "full of rabbits, snakes, spiders and ticks." (So, watch out for those bunnies hardy har har...) It appears to be on Sory Road, where the road comes to a dead end. You pass an assisted living facility on the left, prior to getting to the over-grown cemetery. The burial spot of John and Lucy Bell, three of their children, and about 25 slaves are on private property nearby. The cemetery has been neglected and repeatedly vandalized and is now reduced to rubble that has overgrown with vegetation. In other words, don't risk getting shot looking for it, 'cause there ain't nothing there! The old home and well are gone now, and were near the cemetery. Spook lights have been reported in fields near Bell's Cross Road not far from where Highway 41 is, where Kate Batts used to live. And, indeed, there are guided tours of The Cave,, complete with a replica of the home. Hooray for capitalism. I love this country.
- Carnton Plantation
The town of Franklin was the site of a horrific Civil War battle, and the scars of it are still seen all over the town. Everywhere you look are historical markers, carefully cared for period homes, and rows of headstones bearing the names of young men who died on November 30th, 1864.
As is par for the course when you visit plantation homes, especially near battlefields, the Carnton Plantation served as a field hospital after the bloody battle, which fed the nearby largest privately owned confederate cemetery.
Ghosts that have been spotted in the stately home include a black woman in antebellum styled clothing that disappeared before the witnesses' eyes. Moans, cries, drums beating, and the sound of running have been unexplained so far.
Franklin - Carter House
If you're in Franklin, stop by the Carter House , which is a cool little tour of a house caught directly in the middle of the gunfire. The son of this plantation owner was sent to fight literally in his own back yard during the battle, and died there. He has been seen in one of the bedrooms. Also a toddler, said to be one of the original owner's children who died after a fall, haunts. 1140 Columbia Ave
- Trinity Broadcasting Theatre
Formerly Conway Twitty's "Twitty City", it is now the base for the giant pink and purple haired televangelist lady and her husband (Jan and Paul Crouch) who broadcast their Christian programming from here. A ghost of a man in black whose description sounds vaguely like Johnny Cash or Roy Orbison (take your pick) wanders the halls listening to the gospel get fired out to the nation from their 5000 watt mega tower. 44 Music Village Blvd
Hurricane Mills -
Loretta And Mooney Lynn's Dude Ranch
Loretta Lynn makes no bones about the fact that she thinks her antebellum plantation house is haunted. If you catch her hour long special every October on the History channel, you'll see that she is a firm believer in several ghosts, including a lady in white who haunts the family graveyard that sits on the property, a confederate soldier (19 are supposedly buried around the property), rattling chain noises that come from an area that was once used for punishing slaves, and the violent spirit of the home's former owner. Lynn, who owns the entire village of Hurricane Mills, offers tours of the big house, and has a campground near it as well. After taking Exit 143 off Interstate-40, travel eight miles north along the scenic Loretta Lynn Parkway. Look for entrance to Loretta Lynn Family Campground on left, marked by many directional signs. Open April - Oct (931)296-7700
Fate Sanders Recreation Area
A little boy told two fishermen he was lost, and one of them went with him to look for his father. Awhile later, the fisherman who stayed with the truck heard the boy laughing, and assumed they had found his dad. The little boy came up to his truck after quite a long wait, still laughing, and tried to get the second fisherman to come see "something neat" his dad wanted to show him. The guy freaked at this point and peeled out - and the other guy was never seen again. He could still hear him laugh as he pulled away. It is said that the little boy's laughter can be heard at night. Take Murfreesboro Road and travel west from Nashville approximately 12 miles to Sam Ridley Parkway. Turn left on Sam Ridley Parkway and travel approximately 3 miles to Weakley Road. Turn left on Weakley Road and travel approximately 5 miles, crossing over J. Percy Priest Lake. Recreation area entrance will be approximately 1 mile past bridge crossing on your right.
Memphis - The
National Ornamental Metal Museum
The Ornamental Metal Museum is formerly the Marine Hospital. Like just about every other hospital in the United States, the basement of the hospital held the morgue. A yellow fever epidemic broke out in Memphis in 1878.
Yellow fever victims die a miserable death, including: (of course) high fever and jaundice, vomiting, constipation, epigastric distress, headache, muscle pains (especially in the neck, back, and legs), severe prostration (exhaution or weakness), restlessness, vomiting of blood, mucosal hemorrhages, petechiae and/or ecchymoses (multiple tiny pinpoint bruising), renal dysfunction and scanty or absent urination, dehydration, apathy, confusion, dark or tarry stools, abnormal uterine bleeding, progressing to delirium, convusions, coma, and finally death. Terminal signs include: hypothermia, agitated delirium, intractable hiccups(!!!), hypoglycemia, stupor, and coma. Yay. The morgue was literally stuffed with dead people during the epidemic.
The actual hospital is fenced off and hasn't been in use since the military left it empty in the 1980's. The museum is the former quarters for the medical personnel and officers. The basement used to connect with the hospital via an underground tunnel and serve as a small overflow morgue. Imprisoned workers who had renovated a "bloody chute" into a stairway ran screaming from the basement area in the 1980's. From that time until today, people have reported seeing apparitions of soldiers and overwhelming feelings of terror in certain parts of the building, especially the library and the aforementioned "bloody chute" staircase.
Capitol Records Building
Haunted by two reclusive sisters whose home sat on the site.
- RCA Studio B
This legendary studio has recorded some of the greatest American singers and songwriters in history. Once frequented by Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Earnest Tubb, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Roger Miller, Waylon, Eddy Arnold, Connie Francis, and The Everly Brothers, it is - of course - that notorious peanut butter and 'nana sandwich lovin' ghost who reportedly haunts the place. Mr. Elvis Aron Presley, dead since 1977, recorded his breakout hit "Heartbreak Hotel" here, and went on to find legendary status on planet Earth, and perhaps beyond.
After the recording studio was converted to a TV production studio, production staff said that every time the name "Elvis" was mentioned (or at least quite a few different times) something odd would happen - ladders fell, light bulbs blew out, odd noises would ring through the studio, etc.
-Harvey's Furniture & Appliance Co.
A white woman was murdered on the site this store is built; a young black child was blamed but suspicion was high that a longstanding dispute with another white family had resulted in her murder. The child "committed suicide", also suspiciously. Later the boy's name was cleared. Vague stories of "apparitions" seen at the site. 200 Main St
Memphis - Graceland
According to "Elvis Speaks From the Beyond and Other Celebrity Ghost Stories" by Hans Hozer (1993), a tourist to Graceland named Lorrain Hartz saw The King's apparition at his former estate. A lady named Joy Hatfield claimed to have had such a connection with the ghost of Elvis that she wrote a book about her experiences (although I can't seem to find any record of an author by that name...) Another woman from New England claimed in the late 70's that Elvis repeatedly possessed her and caused her to sing for him through her mouth.
I have been to Graceland. Three times. The creepiest thing I remember was that when I visited as a kid in the 1980's, his old aunt still lived upstairs and therefore the area was forbidden to tourists. The upstairs bathroom is where he keeled over from a massive MI while straining on the toilet. Lots and lots of prescription downers make you really constipated. I also recall someone writing about going into that bathroom a quite long time after he died, and it hadn't been cleaned for some reason (no one wanted to disturb the scene for the investigators, I think...) and there was a stiff, dried washcloth hanging on the little rod by the soap dish, all cardboard-y with Elvis Bathwater and such. *shiver* I've made myself a bet that by the time I join Elvis in the great hereafter, the carefully protected upstairs bathroom will be part of the tour, preserved in plexiglass, like Lee Harvey Oswald's sniper's nest is in Dallas, for all to gawk at (for a minimal fee...).
Around Memphis - according to my sister, who lives in a suburb - local folks who are old enough to remember still absolutely love Elvis and talk about him and his little idiosyncracies as he would tool around town in his Cadillac. Every August, on the anniversary of his death, fanatics show up to pay homage. Nearly every year a fan succumbs to the intense delta heat in August.
Two women claimed to have seen Elvis' face in the grain of the wood in the mouldings of their kitchen as they ate Dreamcicles and banana splits on the anniversary of his birthday.
Tennessee farmer Claude Buchanon, who knew Elvis while he was alive, claims to have been visited by The King's apparition (who said, 'goodbye for awhile, Claude') in a field on his farm between Elvis' time of death and the time he learned of his death in the news, when Claude's wife came screaming out of the house to tell him what she heard on the radio.
A woman named Janice McMichael, an acquaintence of Presley's late in his life, had a jacket that he had given to her and that she cherished after he died. She claims the jacket would move on it's hanger, fall repeatedly from the closet, become inexplicably wet, and cause her dog to bark at it. (the above three accounts are from The Ghost of Elvis and Other Celebrity Spirits, by Daniel Cohen, 1994)
Check out this site for Elvis sightings including at a British chip shop and in the wood in some dude's shower.
Elvis was at one point (long after his death...) accused of having ancestor(s) who owned Oprah Winfrey's ancestor(s) as slaves, and other variations of this state that the two are cousins - all because they each had a relative living in the same little Mississippi town during the same period of time sometime in the past. Oprah now owns an estate in Moteceto, CA that was once owned by Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla.
Tennessee was established by English statesman, social reformer and novelist
Thomas Hughes as a place that was cultured but free of some of the social
trappings of Victorian England.
Hughes was educated in Oxfordshire, most noteably at The Rugby School. He was a mover and shaker in parliament, and he completed three popular fictional novels which were all sentimental accounts of youthful adventures at Rugby School. "In 1880, he acquired the ownership of Franklin W. Smith's Plateau City and founded a settlement in America — Rugby, Tennessee — which was designed as an experiment in utopian living for the younger sons of the English gentry, although this later proved largely unsuccessful." (wikipedia) Well publicized, the community initially thrived with over seventy new structures being erected by many enthusiastic immigrants and Americans alike. Unfortunately, four years into the social experiment a typhoid epidemic claimed 7, and a fire shortly thereafter destroyed a communal building, Several unusually harsh winters disheartened the delicate Oxford-educated clan, who had come to Tennessee to "live off the land" in an agriculturally based economy. Hughes moved back to England, less a large portion of his wealth, where he died 16 years after the founding of the village in Brighton. A handful of believers held on despite land disputes, lack of funding and legal issues. The village is now a tourist attraction that is on the National Historic Register.
A young man named Brian Staggs, who was instrumental in the restoration of the village in the 1970's then died before he turned 30, is said to haunt the streets of Rugby in a phantom carriage. The Kingstone Lisle House, is haunted by Hughes' mother, who it was built for, and others say that the bedcovers will be found disheveled and snoring noises come from the bedroom. A dog and the original curator are said to haunt the village library, and the 1880 Newbury House B&B ( 5517 Rugby Hwy) is haunted by a jealous man who killed his younger wife and then himself (shadowlands). Another account, a little more detailed, says that the murder-suicide took place in the long burned down Tabard Inn in room 13, in 1887. The man was jealous to the point of madness over a young man who made what he thought were inappropriate advances at his wife during a ball. (So, in Victorian terms, he was checking out her earlobe or wrist or something...) When the place later burned, the folklore says that hideous screams came from the murder chamber, and it was the last room to succumb to fire. The Newbury House was investigated by a paranormal team in the recent past, who claimed (like the Kinstone Lisle story) that the covers were carefully rolled off an investigator in the middle of the night and that said investigator felt a heaviness on her chest in the same room.
is a stone statue of Thomas Hughes at Rugby School (in England) that is missing
the button holes to correspond to the buttons. The local folklore says that the
artist became so depressed at his screw up that he killed himself.
Shiloh - Shiloh National Military Park
A pond that was called "The Bloody Pond" after the historic battle at Shiloh appears to flow red again at times. A benevolent lady in white appears to women and children who are lost are upset. Phantom soldiers replay the battle late at night.
Haunted Tennessee Theaters
Knoxville - The
The ghost of Union general Sanders died miserably of a gut wound in this former hotel. The news of his death was kept mum, and his body was buried in secret in order to keep morale up among the soldiers. No one knows where he was buried. His moans and cries are heard in the theater by patrons. 803 S Gay St
Memphis - The
The spirit of a 12 year old girl named "Mary" has been seen by many of the actors and visitors to the theater - including, by one account, Yul Brenner. She was killed in an accident outside the theater decades ago. Also, doors have been known to fling themselves open and shut.
Haunted Restaurants in Tennessee
Gallatin - Oliver's (formerly Loco Lupe's)
Formerly a jail, this old building boasts a ghost who walks
about, mumbles, knocks on the walls, slams doors, turns faucets off and on and
flushes the toilets. 122 W. Franklin Street
Gatlinburg - Greenbrier Restaurant
The ghost of a woman who committed suicide on premises is said to haunt this restaurant
Haunted Bars and Taverns in Tennessee
Knoxville - Baker
Peters Jazz Club
The ghost of a pissed off confederate who used to live here has been reportedly caught on film by the proprietors of this former antebellum home of a doctor. This antebellum building used to belong to a doctor who harbored two injured confederate soldiers. The Union army came and demanded the patients, and killed the doctor. His son found out a local postman had informed the Union soldiers of the harboring of confederate soldiers in the house. He killed the postman, then in turn was murdered in this building by the informer's friends. The son, named "Abner" is supposed to haunt the jazz club/ restaurant. Cold spots, moving objects, falling items, are reported today, and at some point in the past the candles on a chandelier were all twisted downward without logical explanation.
and Lancing - Ye Olde Tavern
I couldn't find a website for this place, so I have no idea if it's still there. (If anybody knows, throw me a line and I'll update it) Located near the Montgomery Bridge, this tavern was a tavern in the old sense, that travelers could stay the night. Some were robbed, and their bodies tossed into the nearby river - hence the ghost stories.
Memphis - Ernestine and Hazel's
place looks like, for lack of gentler words, a real shit-hole. In other words,
just my kind of place.
Grab a "Soul Burger" and visit this former dry goods store and brothel to take in the seedy vibe of a Memphis of yesteryear. the former upstairs hotel/brothel has been left open to be explored, strewn with vintage, slightly dilapidated furniture. Vintage, as well, is Nate the bartender. Wilson Pickett was a former regular hotel customer, and the owners lay the claim that "The Midnight Hour" and "Mustang Sally" were both written while he was a hotel resident with writing partner Steve Cropper.People say the juke joint is haunted by apparitions that appear around the bar, and by unusual moans and voices from the upstairs. The jukebox frequently malfunctions.
Just be careful. If you've ever been to Memphis, then you know as well as I do that it is NOT the right city to go drunkenly wandering into the wrong part of town.
531 South Main Street
Memphis Tourism Website
Market Street Pub and Brewery
Chairs mysteriously move around in front of employees cleaning up at night. Malfunctions with the lights, and swinging light fixtures are also common. 134 Second Ave N
Haunted Tennessee Roads, Parks, and Bridges
Caryville - Red
The road along this cemetery is home to an 8 foot tall, half-Goat who has a pentagram carved in his forehead. Also, a blue spook light has been spotted here.
Morbid Travel Tip: Camden - Patsy Cline Death Site
Besides being the fictional home of Earl, Camden's other claim to fame is: superstar singer Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) died in a plane crash in a field here in 1963. (Is it too soon to reference "I Fall To Pieces" without sounding like a cad? Yes, Yes... still too soon.) I have a feeling after seeing the widely circulated crash site shot that poor old Patsy didn't feel a thing. Bless you, you sweet songbird, for making even the hardest criminals shed a little tear in their beer. Check out Scott's site with it's super detailed account of the star's last moments on Earth. Roadside America has a detailed set of directions: "Turn onto the SMALL side road RIGHT beside the SHELL gas station, you'll pass CAMDEN PARK keep going on Mt. Carmel road and you'll pass a LAND FILL and FIRETOWER road. Keep going and you'll see a GREEN sign on the LEFT side of the road andthe memorial is on the Right side down a little road that leads you to a tiny parking area. It was a surreal place."
Gatlinburg - Mystery Spot Formerly a tourist site called "Mystery Hill" Dudley Creek Rd. and US 441 What is a Mystery Spot?
Urban legends surrounding Tennessee high school cafeterias
Sullivan East High in Bristol: "In the 80's" a girl was raped, murdered, and deposited in the cafeteria salad bar by a crazed janitor. Now every time the lunch ladies make salad they can hear a girl screaming in a "low voice".
Huntingdon High School" "In the 80's" (??) a crazed cafeteria lady murdered another lady, then cut off her head and made it into soup. Now the children say that whenever they serve the roast soup the woman can be heard crying out in agony.
Jellico - Post
Dead but still disgruntled postal employees are heard talking upstairs at night and footsteps are heard if you are in the building at night. Jellico is north of Knoxville near the Kentucky border.
Johnson City -
Okolona road exit
This one sounds like my favorite: a "Gravity Hill"! As the story goes, a guy was pushing his stalled car on this road, with his girlfriend steering for him. A car came speeding out of nowhere and smashed into them, killing them both. Now, if you put your car in neutral, it rolls uphill - and supposedly your windows will develop phantom handprints.
Netherland Inn Road
A man killed along this road in the 1920's stumbles about in a trench coat, and is seen by unwitting passersby.
Near Knoxville -
If traveling on this highway in the wee hours of the morning, you can hear the whispers of "I'm innocent", from a man who was unjustly hung along the roadway in 1875.
Knoxville - Gay
Whether the bars along this street are adorned with rainbow banners, I do not know - but the legend says that the spirit of the loser of a politically fueled duel walks the street every September 27th.
In a much more animated legend, a psychotic young gal named Fanny Igo was so pissed that she couldn't see the circus parade going by on Gay street in 1882, that she started pelting the people in front of her with pebbles. When the police came, her behavior escalated. Embarrassed by his obviously off-kilter daughter's behavior, Mr. Igo (her dad, not her husband...) gave her a beating. Fanny, her last little thread of sanity slipping away, cut her dad's throat as he slept. If you get hit by a pebble on Gay street, it's Fanny serving her penance. Lol... Fanny on Gay Street.
Mountain City - Doe Mountain
This area boasts some spook lights, or as locals here call them "the Doe Mountain Fireballs"
Memphis - Dueling Grounds Historical Site
Reportedly haunted, although no specific accounts are presented on the web. If you are taking I-55 North, the field will be on your right just as you get off the (Memphis/Arkansas) bridge. The sign is likely a bit overgrown and is in a field of some sort. It was the place that southern gentlemen would meet to duel in antebellum Memphis. *Thanks to This Site
Highway Between Little Rock and Memphis - Dead Elvis Hitchhiker
In 1980, three years after Elvis Presley's death, an over the road truck driver named Jack Matthews was returning home to Alabama for the Christmas holiday. He stopped about 100 miles west of Memphis to get gas (in my version of this story, it was across from the Truck O Mat in North Little Rock) and spoke briefly to a hobo who was trying to get to Memphis to see his "Mamma and Daddy" for Christmas. Mr. Matthews had bad experiences with hitchhikers prior to this and did not plan to give the man a ride, but then a little piece up the road he saw him with his bundle of belongings and had a sudden, inexplicable change of heart. As they rode to Memphis they chit-chatted about cars, as guys do, and the truck driver thought the man was just being cute as he told him he had "several Cadillacs", even though he was thumbing rides.
In my version of this story, they stopped at the best donut place in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE Howard's Do-Nuts, in West Memphis, Arkansas. There is a chain of these in metropolitan Memphis, but this location is the first and the only one still run by Howard (well, Howard's son anyway...). No, I am not getting paid in free eclairs, either. They are just that good that they must be mentioned.
Anyhoo, after a big Bavarian Creme and a chocolate Long John, Mr. Matthews dropped his mystery hiker off on Elvis Presley Boulevard (Rte 51), near Graceland, just as the baritone voiced man had requested. Just before dropping him off, he thought it polite to introduce himself. The man replied, "I'm Elvis Presley, sir" and hopped out. The truck driver stared at him after he claimed to be Elvis and was completely convinced, after looking closely at his face, that he was indeed Elvis Presley. He said that he was shaking uncontrollably from fright after the encounter, to the point he could barely navigate his truck out of Memphis. (from The Ghost of Elvis and Other Celebrity Spirits, by Daniel Cohen, 1994)
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