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Tennessee Ghosts and Hauntings

Updated on July 20, 2012
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Take the ghost walk through haunted Columbia
Take the ghost walk through haunted Columbia
Visit Rattle and Snap Plantation-meet their friendly ghost
Visit Rattle and Snap Plantation-meet their friendly ghost

Tennessee Ghosts and Ghost Hunters

Visitors beware, Tennessee is haunted! There are places in the heart of Dixie where the ghosts of times gone by drift down the hallways of old manor houses and across blood soaked fields. The Carnton Mansion, the Carter House and cemetery, fire tower hill and even the Columbia public library enjoy after hours visits from long dead residents.

Middle Tennessee Ghost Chasers and other paranormal investigators capture photos and voice recordings revealing clues that the dead still linger in these places. Come and take a walk through haunted history in Maury County, Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee holds over 300 historical landmark sites and a few haunted ones as well. According to Adam Southern, research librarian in Columbia and guide for Columbia’s annual Halloween Ghost walking tours, there are ghosts in the library itself.

Ghostly Lights and Demon Dogs

Just twenty miles from Columbia a small one room church sits back off the road. Built in the 1800’s, the old Bear Creek Church seems filled with a sinister quiet. It began as a place of worship for soldiers that fell into disuse. Locals say that the building was used by cultists for pagan rituals and that lat at night the windows shine with a red glow.

Ghostly orb lights and shadowy figures can be seen inside the building and eerie sounds sometimes are heard outside. Locals also report seeing a ghostly dog with eerie glowing eyes guarding the church.

Ghostly Soldiers in Franklin

The historic Carnton Mansion in nearby Franklin, Tennessee saw battle and blood during the fall of 1864. Over ten thousand men died in as fighting raged through the night. The McGavok family tended to the wounded soldiers as best they could and nearly 1500 confederate soldiers are buried on the grounds nearby.

It is said that the ghost of a soldier can be seen walking across the porch and reliable witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of Caroline McGavok wandering the halls of Carnton Mansion. The ghost of a serving girl is often spotted in the kitchens of the old manor house. One can only assume that she is still trying to care for her long dead masters.

Nearby, the Carter House has ghost stories of its own. Visitors touring the Carter House have seen and heard many strange things. Doors slam without anyone touching them and furniture gets moved. Sometimes visitors to the house catch a glimpse of people looking out of the windows only to find that no one is there.

Rolling the Bones

The plantation house is just seven miles down the road from Columbia and it is beautiful. The Rattle and Snap got its name from a dice game the owner liked to play. The story goes that William Polk won the land from the Governor of North Carolina in a game of rattle and snap dice. The Plantation welcomes visitors to tour the grounds and house. Enjoy the lavish architecture and be greeted by the Rattle and Snap’s friendly ghost.


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      3 years ago

      Ann Hastings Miller - I admit I am one of her grandmothers and of cosure think she is beautiful in any picture, but you have a gift when it comes to photographing children that captures them in the most wonderful impish, innocent and even serious (perhaps defiant) moments.We always look forward to seeing our Paige through your camera!Very beautiful memories! Thank you!

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      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      I have never visited the US and when I do, I will make Tennessee my first stop. But I'd have to find someone I can hang on to real tight, and bring her along too. :)


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