|East Tennessee Ghost Seekers
|East Tennessee Ghost Seekers
Tennessee is a fascinating state when it comes to ghost and hauntings. The state is not only home to one of the most
famous ghost stories in American history, The Bell Witch, but it's also rich in other famous hauntings and ghost stories.
The Civil War left it's mark on our state with a number of hauntings that include battlefields, residences, and churches.
Below, you will find a brief description of some of the more famous hauntings.
The story of The Bell Witch is a most fascinating one. For 4 years, John Bell and his
family was haunted and terrified by and unseen force that would soon come to be known
as "Kate" the "Bell's Witch". Many people outside of the Bell's family would witness these
strange phenomena, including President Andrew Jackson, who was a general at that
time. Andrew Jackson is quoted as saying, "I would rather take on the entire English
Fleet than stay one night at the Bell House."
In May, 2006, the movie "An American Haunting" was released about the famous Bell
Witch. It's a very interesting movie and factual to the legendary ghost story of The Bell
Witch. Today, you can visit The Bell Witch Cave in Adams, Tennessee. For more
information you can also visit their official website at Bell Witch Cave.com.
In 1967, Lorreta Lynn and her family bought an old plantation home near Hurricane
Mills. Shortly after moving in, they started experiencing strange phenomena like doors
opening and closing by themselves, seeing old women dressed in old fashioned clothes,
and civil war soldiers. Other strange phenomena they experienced was the sounds of
someone walking on their front porch and sometimes the sounds of someone walking
and dragging a chain on their porch. Later, after doing some investigating, they
discovered that an old slave pit was under their porch that was used to discipline slaves.
They also discovered that their ranch had been a former battlefield for the Civil War.
Eventually, Loretta tried to make contact with these ghost by holding a seance. During
this seance, a table across the room moved by itself. On another occasion, they held
another seance and made contact with a ghost named Anderson. While questioning
Anderson, he became very angry and starting shaking the table, lifted it up into the air,
and slammed it down hard and broke it into. As it turns out, Anderson was the original owner of her plantation home and
was buried on the property along with numerous confederate soldiers.
The Canton Plantation has been called the most haunted place in Tennessee. On November 30, 1864,
the Battle of Franklin was fought with over 10,000 soldiers killed, wounded, or missing. On the property
1481 soldiers lie buried. Visitors to the Canton Plantation have claimed to witness strange phenomena
and sightings of ghost. Some are believed to be the ghost of soldiers buried there and others of
former residents and staff. You can take tours of the famous Canton Plantation and witness these events
for yourself. The official website is Canton.org.
The Bijou Theater, built in 1817, was originally known as the Lamar House, and the theater was not added
until almost 100 years later in 1908. It's been used for many purposes including a civil war hospital and a
x-rated movie house in the 1960's. Most of the ghost that haunt the Bijou Theater are the ghost of actors
and prostitutes that once inhabited the theater. Colonel William Sanders, who died in the Lamar House in
the Bridal Suite the day after he was hospitalized there, is the only ghost with a known identity. The
ghosts make their presence known by making noises and are sometimes seen floating in the theater or on
During the mid 1990's, people from all over the world flocked to this small church located just outside Knoxville. The
phenomenal events of this church became so famous it was featured on the tv show Unsolved Mysteries. More than
50,000 people in one year reported experiencing strange phenomena like lighted crosses outside the church
windows, apparitions of religious figures in photos, and reporting seeing angels appearing. To make matters even
more bizarre, many people that showed up with terminal illnesses and permanent injuries have been healed after
entering this small church and witnessing these events.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium opened in July 26, 1910 for treatment of Tuberculosis patients and
remained opened until 1961. In 1962, it was reopened as Woodhaven Medical Services until
it was closed in 1980. During it's many years of operation, Waverly Hills treated thousands of
patients, most of which didn't survive the deadly disease. One of the most famous parts of
Waverly Hills is known as the "Body Chute" or "Death Tunnel". The body chute was used to
transport dead bodies from the sanatorium down to the bottom of the hill for pickup by
hearses or trains. The body chute is 500 feet long with vent shafts for air about every 100
feet. After you descend about 30 feet down your in total
darkness with only a little light stemming down from the
Waverly Hills Sanatorium is famous for being one of the most haunted places in the world. There has been a
tremendous amount of sightings of ghost, EVP's, and video documenting these occurrences. They've also
been shown on national TV. For a small fee, you can take tours of the sanatorium or hold your own private
paranormal investigation. For more information, visit there official website at The Real Waverly HIlls.com
The wrongful hanging for murder of an innocent man has lead many to believe this bridge is haunted. Many
people in Knoxville believed this man to be innocent but he was convicted due to other illegal activities and
hanged from the 3rd street light on the bridge. This was before there was electricity. Before he died, he
shouted "If I am innocent, there will always be a sign on this bridge that you people shed innocent blood".
For many years after his hanging, the light on the bridge would not work. Some believe this is his sign of his
wrongful death. Also, some people claim they have seen his ghost walking the bridge at night.
The Morse Mill Hotel has a long history strange encounters and eerie happenings.
Originally built in 1816 as a one-room structure, it was expanded into a tavern and an Inn in the middle
1800s by John Moore, a bridge engineer who went on to become a Confederate officer in Missouri during
the Civil War. It's been used as a private residence, Confederate field hospital, speakeasy during
Prohibition, and a brothel, all of which has contributed to its history of haunting activity. Legend has it that
the first female serial killer, Bertha Gifford, lived and worked at the hotel in the early 1900's, and is buried in
the nearby Morse Mill Cemetery. In November 1928, Bertha was convicted of killing two people, but it's
believed that she may have poisoned as many as 20 people. Other celebrity people who've stayed at the
hotel is Al Capone, Charlie Chaplain, and Jesse James gang.
|The Bell Witch Haunting: Adams, Tennessee, 1817 - 1821
|The Haunting Of Hurricane Mills: Loretta Lynn's Home in Tennessee
|Canton Plantation: Franklin, Tennessee
|Bijou Theater: Knoxville, Tennessee
|Copper Ridge Baptist Church: Knoxville, Tennessee
|Waverly Hills Sanatorium: Louisville, Kentucky
|Gay Street Bridge: Knoxville, Tennessee
|Morse Mill Hotel: Jefferson County, Missouri
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