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Ghost in Tennessee

Updated on January 3, 2011

Welcome to Ghost in Tennessee

Love a good ghost story?

Every area has interesting stories of the supernatural. The Volunteer State is no exception. We have stories about ghosts, ghouls, and specters, etc.

A place for haunted houses, spooky stories, ghostly tales and all things paranormal.

Adams, Tn

Bell Witch Cave

Local legends say that the Bell Witch has haunted the area surrounding the caves for hundreds of years. You'd have a difficult time finding a Middle Tennessee native who hasn't heard of the Bell Witch. This spirit hounded the Bell family, eventually running off Betsy Bell's fiance and killing the patriarch of the family!

John Bell was an affluent settler in rural Robertson County, TN. In 1817 the Bell Witch made her first appearance. Many people linked the Bell Witch to a local eccentric named Kate Batts, whom many in Adams believed to be a witch. John Bell had some business dealings with her in which he sold her a slave. It began when John Bell saw a bizarre animal in his garden. The Bell children were also seeing strange animals in the woods near their home. John Bell was a private man, and so he decided to keep these occurrences a secret. It was only a matter of time before word got around Adams about the situation on the Bell farm. Betsy Bell was finally forced to break off her engagement to Joshua. The Witch was overjoyed by this news. In 1820 the Bell Witch made good on her threats to kill John Bell. On December 20, John Bell became sick after ingesting a strange liquid. Despite the cruelty the witch bestowed on John Bell, she was actually nice to his wife.

Another in Adams

Railroad Tracks

Allegedly, a set of railroad tracks in the town is also haunted. The locals say a man was decapitated during a freak accident while at work. It is said that if one goes there at night, the man can be seen walking around looking for his head.

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting
The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate," the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man's death.The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for...


(This is not the special edition DVD. Go to for more information.)A love story turns tragic when entangled with a legendary haunting in BELL WITCH: The Movie. After stumbling across an ancient burial (in what is now known as the Bell Witch cave), brothers John Jr. (Jeff Kunard) and Williams Bell (Cody Newton) bring a strange curse home to their family. Now their father, John (John David Hart), and sister, Betsy (Hope Banks), experience phantom attacks in the night and strange....


Clarksville, Tn

Who would have known that an obscure map location, such as Clarksville, would harbor an assortment of interesting haunted spots, the city offers it's fair share of scary sights to investigate.

At the Austin Peay State University campus theater named Trahern, which has a history of paranormal activity attached to the stage.

The original Gateway Hospital in Clarksville is home to a ghost that has been spotted walking past an opened door into a hallway situated on the first floor.

In Palmyra, there is the tale of the headless statues, where a ghost named E.T. Wickham is said to haunt the premises.


Memphis and the Mid-South are home to an abundance of ghost stories. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, such stories can be entertaining reading. These stories are not presented as fact, but rather as the legends that they are. Enjoy these tales of Memphis hauntings.

Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery:

Located in Atoka, the Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery is infamous for its paranormal activity. Visitors to the old cemetery (which was established in the 1850's) report encountering unfriendly spirits such as long-dead criminals, ferocious beasts, and even the ghosts of malicious children. Even folks who do not believe in ghosts claim to have encounter wild animals in the cemetery late at night.

Blackwell House:

The Blackwell House is a Victorian home located on Sycamore View Road in Bartlett. Legend has it that the wife of the original owner, Nicholas Blackwell, died just two nights after moving into the house. According to the story, subsequent residents have not been able to stay in the home for any length of time because the home is now haunted by the ghosts of both Blackwells -- two spirits who are frequently roaming through the house, wearing their Sunday best.

Brister Library:

The Brister Library is the former library building at The University of Memphis. Legend has it that many years ago, a student was attacked and murdered inside the library. The murderer was never caught. The spirit of the student is said to still roam around the building, screaming for help.

Ernestine and Hazel's:

It is unclear just who haunts Ernestine and Hazel's, the dilapidated bar in downtown Memphis. But with it's history (it once housed a brothel upstairs!), it comes as no surprise that the bar is haunted. The jukebox reportedly plays on its own and ghostly figures have been spotted in the bar.

Ornamental Metal Museum:

The Ornamental Metal Museum is located in and on the grounds of Memphis' old Marine Hospital. The basement of the museum's main building, in fact, was originally the hospital's morgue. The morgue saw thousands of yellow fever victims during the city's epidemic and the ghosts of some of those victims reportedly haunt the area today.

Orpheum Theatre:

Probably Memphis' most famous ghost, Mary is the ghost of a little girl that was killed when she was hit by a vehicle outside the Orpheum. Though she is known to play childish pranks in the theater (opening doors, laughing out loud, etc.), she is most frequently spotted in her favorite seat, C-5. In addition to Mary, paranormal investigators believe that there are as many as six other spirits residing in the Orpheum Theatre.

Overton Park:

Legend says that in the 1960's the body of a young woman who had been stabbed to death was found floating in the lake at Overton Park. The woman was said to have been wearing a blue dress. Since then, numerous people have reported seeing an apparition in a blue dress rising up out of the lake.

Voodoo Village:

Voodoo Village is located on Mary Angela Road in southwest Memphis. According to residents, the area is home to St. Paul's Spiritual Temple and is enclosed in a huge iron fence. But the legend suggests that something other than church services are taking place there. Reports of sacrificial offerings, black magic, and the walking dead suggest that Voodoo Village is ripe with supernatural activity.

Woodruff Fontaine House:

There is one room in this historic home that is purported to be haunted. Molly Woodruff Henning is said to inhabit The Rose Room, though she occasionally wanders throughout the rest of the house. A seemingly friendly spirit, Molly reportedly once instructed museum staff on the correct placement of the furniture in her former bedroom.


The Sheraton Read House Hotel Chattanooga is one of the city's greatest landmarks and it has a wonderful antebellum charm. Not surprisingly, many notables have stayed here, including Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, and Andrew Johnson, among others. The hotel is located at 827 Broad Street, and is recommended if you ever need a place to stay in Chattanooga.

The hotel was opened in 1847, and was known as the Crutchfield House. By the time of the Civil War, the family which owned it had divided loyalties. When future Confederate President Jefferson stopped there and gave a speech about succession, he was confronted by William Crutchfield, the brother of the owner, who was loyal to the Union. Those in attendance were split on the issue, and bloodshed very nearly resulted. Today, there is a grand hall to honor those who fought in the Civil War, and suites are named after key battles.

Room 311 is said to be haunted. The hotel burned down in 1867, but apparently the ghost returned to the same room after it was rebuilt. The legend says that a Civil War soldier was staying in the room. Since the hotel was occupied by the Union in 1863, it was likely a Union soldier. In any event, the absence of female companionship was beginning to get to be too much for the young man, so he decided to enlist the services of a member of the world's oldest profession. A prostitute was brought to the room to fulfill the soldier's desires.


Greenbrier Restaurant:

At the Greenbrier Restaurant the ghost of a young woman can sometimes be seen.

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort:

This place is haunted by many spirits and/or demons. Being one of the oldest hotels in Gatlinburg many events have taken place here over time.

Mount LeCounte:

At 3:33a.m. a little girl will appear at the edge of the bed and watch the people sleep.

Rocky Top Inn:

People have seen ghostly apparitions around the back parking lot, and near the fountain.

Rumor has it that in the heart of Gatlinburg, near a place called the Mysterious Mansion, a young girl about age, 7 fell off a hotel balcony, and landed in a creek below. Every two weeks before her death's anniversary, you can see her crying and pointing up to the spot where she fell to her death.

Terror on the Parkway:

Formerly Known as Hauntings this place is haunted by several ghosts. Especially one of a former manager who ran the operation in the early eighties. - February 2004 update/correction: a visitor to our site states, "These Stories are very true. However the room 413 has not been in operation since the events of the evening in your story the room was removed from operation." They claim to have been associated with this facility for many years and the stories and events are well beyond what has been mentioned here. Of course they realize these are events reported by persons directly involved but they are very surprised there isn't a lot more of them.

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    • Isabellas-cabin profile image


      6 years ago

      Where is the Terror on the Parkway? I have been to Gatlinburg several times and never heard of that one before! The Sunspree I do have to agree is creepy!!

    • tcorbs profile image


      7 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit Tennessee

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I have actually visited several of these locations. My son is my "haunted places" partner. We normally drag my husband, and my son's father, along with us. My son and I are always looking for the ghost, but it is usually my husband that gets spooked :) Our angel quest was to search one word and find lenses worthy of blessing. I chose Memphis. This is a great lens and I am so glad my journey brought me here. You have been blessed,

    • Isabellas-cabin profile image


      8 years ago

      I love Gatlinburg and stayed at the Sunspree the first time I traveled to the location. Never could figure out why I did not sleep good, but now I know!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      9 years ago

      Awesome lens! I'm planning a trip to Tennessee next week and was wondering about haunted places. 5*

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      GhostWalker LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens...loved reading it

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      9 years ago

      I have a new book, Ghosts of Lookout Mountain, from Quixote Press, which might be of interest to readers of this site. Info on it can be found at


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