Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Briceville, TN – Coal Creek

Located in rural Anderson County, not far from Lake City, is the small community of Briceville, along Coal Creek. Today, not much remains of Briceville. It was started in the mid-1800s as a mining town, and grew to a fairly prosperous town centered on the mining industry. Practically every man who lived along Coal Creek worked in the mines.
The Coal Creek Mining and Manufacturing Co. kept everyone in Briceville employed, until prisoners were sent to work in the mines. This first happened in 1877, and while it saved the mining company money, it also left many miners without a job. As a result, the now unemployed miners became very angry, to the point of taking up arms and revolting. On October 31, 1891, the armed band of miners attacked the mines and freed the convicts. After this, the state militia was sent in to stop the revolt, leading to some skirmishes between the militia and the miners. Though the revolt was defeated, the convict labor system was eventually discontinued. In 1898, Brushy Mountain State Prison was established in nearby Morgan County.
Among those killed in the uprising was a young miner named Dick Drummond. During the insurrection, the militia captured him, and lynched him from a railroad bridge in Briceville. Today, that bridge is known as "Drummond Bridge." Local legend holds that the ghost of Dick Drummond still haunts the bridge to this day.
Just over a decade after the mining revolt, one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Tennessee occurred. The Fraterville Mining disaster killed 184 of the 187 men living in the area. This disaster led to many new regulations on the mining industry geared at making them safer.
Today, the mines of Briceville are long closed, but it's said that on quiet nights, when the moon is full, you can still hear the screams of the miners who died in the great disaster a century ago.

Purdy, TN - Hurst Mansion

Purdy was once the county seat of McNairy County and home to Purdy University. The area surrounding Purdy Cemetery and Hurst Mansion was once referred to as “Hurst Nation”. A prominent man by the name of Fielding Hurst owned Hurst Mansion and much of the land surrounding it.
During the Civil War, Hurst became a Union sympathizer and joined the Union Army as colonel of the 6th Tennessee Cavalry. He murdered many of his neighbors and burnt town the entire town of Purdy, excluding only his own home. Of course, this makes Hurst Mansion the oldest existing structure in the town. He also burnt down parts of Jackson, TN after extorting over $5,000 from them.
In the last years of his life, Hurst was forced to sell his home and he and his wife, Melocky, moved to the Mount Gilead area. It was there that he died (in his 70′s) and is buried in Mount Gilead Cemetery. His grave has been vandalized several times.
The Hurst Mansion was purchased by the Dodds, who owned the home until 1993. This home is posted and trespassing is strongly discouraged. Please be respectful.
Local legend says that you can hear soldiers and slaves in Purdy Cemetery. Some people say they have seen a horse drawn carriage. Others say that if you park on the left side of the circle your car will not start until dawn.
After many visits, I can only say this: I have never heard soldiers or slaves. We did hear a scream from the woods which could very possibly have been a local prankster. We did have a vehicle stall for five minutes on the left side of the circle but I believe it was a starter going bad. Aside from that, it is still interesting to visit as it is one of the oldest cemeteries in Tennessee dating back to the early 1800′s. I will be visiting Purdy Cemetery very soon as it has been years since my last visit and many of my friends are interested in going. I will provide an update after my visit.The owner of the infamous Hurst Mansion in Purdy, TN, the former home of Colonel Fielding Hurst, has left a message on this site stating that he intends to sell the house.


Pocahontas, TN – Moore Cemetery

Moore Cemetery was recently named a historical site. Clean-up efforts are underway, and many have volunteered since it was featured in a local newspaper. This cemetery is closely monitored by law enforcement and is off limits after dark. The caretaker lives in front of the cemetery and will ensure this is enforced. (I warn you…if you attempt to enter the cemetery after dark, you are trespassing and the caretaker is armed.) A coffin above ground? The remains contained in the unearthed coffin are being placed back in its rightful place.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wartburg, TN - Pettit Lane

There is a field on the right side of the road called Collin's Field. If someone drives by at Midnight when there's a full moon it is said, that there is a ghost of a slave that once worked that field who murdered his owner's daughter. He can be seen walking along waving around a pitchfork looking for his next victim.


Tullahoma, TN - Old burnt down orphanage

If visiting the orphanage or nearby lake, desperate cries for help are believed to be heard by the children who were either burnt or drown to death.

Sunbright, TN - Burntmill Bridge

People have recorded sightings of a young girl walking back and forth across the old ran down bridge (that is only about 25 feet high), looking for her father that killed her and threw her over the bridge in the early 1960's. No one's ever reported her doing harm except one who had said to seen her fall off the bridge and not make a splash when entering the water.


Shiloh, TN - Shiloh National Military Park - Duncan Field

A number of shadowy soldier-like figures have been spotted in the field at night, appearing to be re-fighting the battle. They make no sound and cannot be contacted. This has been witnessed by many people on multiple occasions.


Sevierville, TN - The Old Eledge House


It is said that Mr. Eledge died of a heart attack in the house and has haunted the place since it had happened. The lights flicker on and off at night and noises are heard throughout the house. The noises are of Mr. Eledge and his children talking and laughing. The basement of the house is haunted by ghosts of his children

 I could not find a picture of the real house.

Rugby, TN - Kingstone Lisle Inn


This is the home of "The snoring ghost", can only be entered during the tour. This is the house that Thomas Hughes, founder of Rugby, built for his mother, there are at least two. His mother and one they call "the snoring ghost". He likes to pull the blankets back on the bed and evidently you can hear him snoring.

Pikeville, TN - Mount Crest

On a hill above the Mt Crest Church of God there is an old broken down house where it is said that if you sit in the field on a rainy day that you will hear horse carriages running down the road. Also a family of four supposedly was killed when their horse and carriage ran off the bluff above the old house on their way back from church. It is said that you can hear their screams and the wailing of the horse. Driving past the old house you get a creepy feeling that something or someone unseen is watching you.

Oak Ridge, TN - Alexander Inn

When you walk in you can hear people walking up stairs. There is blood on the walls and broken glass everywhere. Outside of the hotel you can see a figure looking through the curtains of the window.

Neva, TN - Neva School

There is a little boy that haunts the bathroom because he was always picked on in there. So one day he ran away and no one ever found him. So he haunts the old school that closed down 1 year ago.
No picture to be found.


Nashville, TN - Old Donelson Hospital

The old Donelson Hospital was one of the oldest hospitals in Nashville until it closed down over a decade ago. It is now used for storage for current hospitals and doctor's offices. It has been reported by various people who have had to enter the hospital for supplies that at anytime, day or night, once the doors close behind you numerous screams and moans can be heard as well as footsteps and clanging on the walls. Once you get closer to the old psych ward high energy can be felt and extreme chills even in the middle of summer with no air conditioning running throughout the building. 
No picture.

Livingston, TN - Old Union Church

Lights from inside can sometimes are seen through the cracks along the edge of the doors and windows, even though there is no one there, and the doors are padlocked from the outside. Piano playing can also sometimes been heard.


Knoxville, TN - Lakeshore Asylum

The original structure burned down in the 1920's, but the gutted ruins remain. People have reported hearing the screams of patients being beaten and shackles being thrown around.



Kingsport, TN - Netherland Inn Road

Hugh Hamblen was killed on Netherland Inn Road in 1922, run down by a car. He had been visiting his son, who had also been in a car accident, in the hospital. On foggy nights, Hamblen stands in the road in a trench coat with outstretched hands warning oncoming cars of the fog. Over 120 people have reported seeing him.


Jellico, TN - Jellico Post Office

There has been tales of the post office in Jellico, Tennessee being haunted if you go in it when it gets dark outside. It is known that you can hear people walking around and talking up stairs.

Hickory Valley, TN - Ames Plantation

It is said that on the Ames Plantation, strange noises and visions are not uncommon. Sometimes late in the evening, you can hear what is said to be slaves singing and working. It is also the location of quiet a few suicides. A woman and a little girl dressed in old-fashioned clothes are the most common spirits there. They are said to be the owner of the plantation's wife and daughter.



Hendersonville, TN - Hendersonville High School

Stories go that Colonel Barry who used to own the property haunts the high school. Staff and custodial staff often heard extra footsteps and the fire doors would open and shut, as if somebody opened them to walk through. A teacher was once sitting in the bleachers watching cheerleading practice below and she heard footsteps coming up to her, but nobody was there. She called practice off and refused to go in the bleachers at night.

Formerly Hendersonville High School, this school is reputed to be haunted by a phantom known as "The Colonel." A former night cleaning staff working at night have heard his footsteps walking the upstairs hall when the place was supposed to be empty and another person has seen a figure lurking in the windows of the library on the second floor. The round structure was built with a lot of steel which might account for the nature of the sounds and haunting.


Greeneville, TN - Robin Hood Road

It is said that a young girl by the name of Ryan was killed in her own house by one of her parents yet nobody really knows how. It is said that her remains are still in the basement of the house and that she still roams the streets harming no one but looking for help to uncover the truth. Lights going on and off in the house, things moving around, blinds opening, and sightings of Ryan.


Elkton, TN - Hanniwal Bridge

An abandoned 19th century bridge standing approximately 100 feet over the Elk river. Supposedly a mother and her infant child were crossing the bridge one night in their carriage, when suddenly the carriage wheel broke, flipping the carriage over into the river, killing the both of them. Local residents claim that if you go to the bridge late at night, you can hear the faint cries of the baby and the horrid screams of the terrified mother.


Dover, TN - The Crow Home

A rumor has it that this theater located in the middle of the city is haunted by a man. The theater was once some kind of army hospital way back when. It gained publicity by a local radio station...Voices and even sightings have been heard there. Right next to the Fort Donnellson National Cemetery, just below the fort, this house was used as a hospital after the battle! Now a posh bed & breakfast! You can hear doors open by themselves and soft voices crying throughout the home!


Cookeville, TN - Old Dirt Road

A young woman who had an accident on an old dirt road by a huge rock in Cookeville late at night back in the 1950's has been seen by passers at midnight on the anniversary of her death. She was seen sitting on the rock wearing white.

Columbia, TN - The Abandon Cemetery

The cemetery is over 100 years old and its deep in the woods. Sometimes when you walk past the cemetery you can hear children playing or you can hear someone screaming.

Columbia, TN - Bear Creek Church

It has two stories, but only the first is accessible. The windows are painted blood red, even on the 2nd floor. Now abandoned, the place is still heavily guarded by pure evil, evident through spectral photos.
Not a picture of the church, but this is still a good picture.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clarksville, TN - Smith Trahern Mansion

The ghost of Mrs. Smith is said to be seen on the widow's walk on moonlit nights. The house overlooks the Cumberland River where her husband was a Riverboat Captain. In life, she sat on the balcony overlooking the river waiting for him to come home. He died in an accident on the river, and never returned to her. She still stands in vigil, waiting for her husband to come home.

Clarksville, TN - Gateway Hospital

A ghost was seen walking past an opened door into a hallway on the first floor of Gateway Hospital. There were no legs below thigh level.
The old Gateway Hospital has been torn down to make way for a newer larger version.

Chapel Hill, TN - Chapel Hill Light

A long time ago a man was working for a railroad company. He was looking out the window to try and ascertain why the train was tilting, he fell off and was run over by the train, his head was cut off. He`s still on the job. What he is doing is still trying to determine just what made the train tilt. All you can see is a mysterious light going back and forth a few feet above the ground. The light comes closer and closer then goes farther and farther away.

Bristol, TN - Arnett Home

The house is disturbed by some kind of disgruntled spirit. Loud, very clear sounds of someone walking around are heard in both the day and the night. The house is said to have a very unnatural influence on many people. There have been reported sounds of guns being fired in the backyard, but no one being present. Also very faint whispers have been heard when being alone in the house.  No one knows where the location of the house or is there a picture available.

Not the real house, but a good picture. I could not find a picture at all.