The Beville House in Fayette County Tennessee is Still Haunted
The Beville House
It's almost Halloween and we are on the hunt for ghosts and goblins, so if you know of any places near Somerville, Tennessee, where writers are allowed to take a tour, please let me know, but for now, let's look at a house I toured two years ago.
The Terry Beville House is located at 1503 New Castle Rd., Somerville, Tennessee, and stands like a sentinel on a hill in the rolling hills of Fayette County. The house itself gives one the feeling of uneasiness; as if it is trying to say, "do not trod here!"
According to Terry Beville, it's not the house you should worry about, but rather, the unearthly occupants, who live, or should I just say, haunt the two-story antebellum home. He is very adamant about their existence.
I am Invited to the Beville House
When Beville learned that I was interested in touring the house and telling his story about the existence of poltergeist there, he invited me to visit, which I did, twice.
My first visit was during the day on February 10, 2015, at which time Terry gave me a complete tour and filled me in on his spirit occupants, and how they had made him very restless and nervous with their antics. Here is that story retold with additional information and photos.
Terry Beville said he has owned the two-story home since 2007, and reiterated that he is not alone in the house, and has had numerous encounters with spirits of people who possibly lived in the house while they were still alive, and possibly, still do occupy it.
Terry stated he moved to the house in 2007 with his wife, who passed away in 2013, and that from the very beginning, strange and unexplainable things began to happen. According to him, the house was in need of repair when he purchased it, and he immediately began the restoration process, while living there. He stated that at times music could be heard softly playing the gospel song "Amazing Grace," and at other times unexplainable talking, and even yelling was heard by himself and others. In one of the recordings he has, which was made by a visitor to the house, a muffled voice of a child can be heard during a tour that was going on; however, no one heard it until the recording was played back. He also states that there were no children in that tour.
An Interview With Terry Beville
In an attempt to get all the details on the house, Terry Beville and I sat down for an interview. Here it is:
- Gerry Glenn Jones: Mr. Beville, what do you know about the history of this house?
- Terry Beville: The house was built in the 1840s, but partially rebuilt later because of a fire. A man name Shivers had it and owned slaves, and I was told that at one time it was owned by a relative of President James K. Polk.
- Gerry Glenn Jones: Have you talked, or been able to communicate with the spirits?
- Terry Beville: I don't try to talk to them, and I am reluctant to go upstairs by myself. I've had to leave once because of them, and when we first moved in, I made fun and threw holy water around because I didn't believe. Big mistake! The smell was horrible and I had 100s of dead flies upstairs. This was in the middle of January.
- Gerry Glenn Jones: Did the activity continue?
- Terry Beville: Yes, and I decided to begin giving tours, and I even invited paranormal investigators into the house. After these tours, I decided to stop inviting people into the house because the spirit activity got worse. I thought the people and the investigators were disturbing them and causing them to become more active. I have many pictures and some audio that is just unreal! These are from people who didn't initially believe.
Tour of the House
When the interview was complete, Terry gave me a tour of the house, and I must say, I felt an uneasiness there as if I wasn't wanted by someone or something, definitely not Mr. Beville.
As we went from room to room, I took numerous photos, which I planned to examine later. During this tour, I didn't see anything or hear anything out of the ordinary. After finishing the tour Terry invited me back during one of his night-time tours when he said the spirits were more active, and more recordings and photos taken then revealed strange paranormal activity.
A Night Tour
Beville showed this writer some of the photos he and others had taken and played some of the audio recordings. It indeed makes one wonder, and certainly leads to more investigations of the house. When asked if another tour would be possible at night, Mr. Beville, said he would set two tours up for Friday, February 13, 2015 (Friday the 13th), with one beginning at 7:00 PM and the second at 8:30 PM. This writer was certainly planning to be there again on this night with a camera.
Night Tour on Friday 13, 2015.
On February 13, 2015, I joined a tour group to check the house out at night. No spirits were sighted that night, nor were any recordings of them in the house, but something strange did happen, and I was a witness to it.
As Terry Beville was showing pictures and recordings made by himself and prior tour participants, I stood in the foyer, talking to others who had already seen the photos and the recordings. As we talked, the front door opened and there was no one there, and the storm door was shut. Being very near the door, I looked out but saw no one. I looked at the others in the room, and they looked bewildered.
I checked the doorknob and all its features, and everything seemed to be in working order, and there were no wires or electric gadgets that could have been activated to open the door.
I closed the door and pulled hard on the knob, but the door did not budge, so I determined it had possibly not been shut good before, and I stepped away from it a couple of feet. We were discussing how the door had opened on its own when we were interrupted by it opening again. I took about two steps and opened the storm door, but saw no one outside, and concluded that if someone had been there, we would have heard the storm door open and shut. Also, they wouldn't have had time to hide before I looked out.
On the night of the tour I ventured off by myself and took some pictures and none of them turned out normal. I have determined the problem with the photos were me and my camera, I and didn't publish them at that time, but I thought I should now. You tell me what you think!
Is It Haunted
Is it haunted, or can the photos, noises, and happenings be explainable? I don't know, but I can't explain them.
© 2019 Gerry Glenn Jones