Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweetwater, TN - Lost Sea Cave

Here is said to be a Ghost of a union Soldier who was killed while spying on Confederates in the cave, another is a jaguar ghost, people have felt its tail brush against them.

Another tale is: people say it is Chief Craighead who once had Cherokee ceremonies held in the cave. They say he is pissed at what they have done to the cave (ruin it for profit). You also can hear footsteps as you round the bend that leads down to the lake (before the waterfall)...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tullahoma, TN - Ovoca School and Orphanage for widows and orphans

If visiting the orphanage site or nearby lake-pond, desperate cries for help are believed to be heard by the children who were either burnt or drown to death when the orphanage caught on fire and they plunged into the water trying to put their burning clothing out. The only child`s name I found believed to have stayed here at one point was Alma Fine and a few of her siblings. Her family`s ancestors believe that she died during yellow fever in 1918 before the fire even occurred.
The Order of the Knights of Pythias (founded in 1864 to promote friendship among men and to help relieve people`s Pres Franklin D Roosevelt was initiated as one in 1936) bought land in 1908 to establish a home for orphans and widows and for an assembly grounds for their group meetings. Walter Dennis Fox of near Murfreesboro was Grounds Keeper of Records and Seals for the Knights...and was the founder of Ovoca. He gave the site the name after the river Ovoca in County Wicklow, Ireland where his father was born. Frank Avent Gumm came from Murfreesboro in 1909 to be Secretary to W.D. Fox. In 1909 he left those familiar surroundings for the town of Tullahoma, a resort and health spa about forty miles to the southeast. His Uncle Walter, who was the state secretary of a fraternal organization called the Knights of Pythias, was building a home there for the widows and orphans of deceased Knights. Ovoca he named it, and he took Frank along as his secretary. Joining Frank in Tullahoma were his sister Mary, who was still unmarried at twenty-nine, and his sixteen-year-old brother Allie. All three lived in a small frame house on East Lincoln Street, half a block from St. Barnabas` Episcopal Church. In this new setting Frank`s voice once again opened doors. He sang in the church choir, he joined a quartet that was much in demand for parties and weddings, and before long he was associating, as one prominent Tullahomian said, "with our best people." Universally admired, he seemed to have as bright a future as any young man in Tennessee. But by the end of 1910, or possibly the first part of 1911, he was gone-gone from Tullahoma, gone from Tennessee, gone from the South itself. Frank`s daughter was the actress Judy Garland (wizard of oz).

The State (Duck River Assoc. of Baptist) later conducted conferences, encampments, and conventions at Ovoca, three miles from Tullahoma. The Ovoca Assembly grounds and buildings were owned by the Knights of Pythias and were leased from them for a short period, each summer from 1924 through 1936.

Tullahoma, TN - Hampton Inn

I know someone who works at the hotel. On one of the shifts that she does at night she has to close the pool. The pool is at the end of the hall. She has to make a copy of a room key and use it to get back in the back door. One night she made a key for a room on the first floor. As she walked past that room on her way out to the pool, the door to that room opened. On her way back to the front desk the door closed. She was curious so she looked in the computer and saw that no one was staying in that room. After that incident she hates to walk down that hall at night b/c you can just feel something. She never told anyone at the hotel about it.
About a month later a guest was staying in the room next to it and complained that his key was working but he couldnt open the door. She took his key and made herself one for his room and went with him to his room. His key worked like he said it did but the door wouldnt open. She had an idea that it had to do something with the occurance before. The man made the statement that "its as if a ghost or someone is holding the door closed". She knocked on the door and said, "Hello, this is not your room need to open the door." After that the door was able to be opened instantly. They both looked at each other and she laughed and started to walk off. He asked her if anyone had died in that room and she said no. After asking another employee no one has died in that hotel to anyone`s knowledge.


Tullahoma, TN - Forest Gallery Shopping Center

Hastings entertainment store and a tsc formerly Old Walmart Building Night shift crew would see black apparitions out of the corner of their eye, report being tapped on the shoulder or pinched on their backside. There where reports of seeing merchandise move off pallets, fall of shelves and items disappear to reappear nowhere near where the where to begin with. Strange music being played, seeing strange faces in the security balls that hang on the ceiling. Hearing screams and strange voices over the PA system. This store is no longer the WalMart, since it moved to a Supercenter.

Tullahoma, TN - Concord Cemetery

This cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of Sadie Baker. Her apparition has been seen on several occasions in the cemetery. This is one of Coffee County`s oldest known ghosts.

Tullahoma, TN - Baillet House or The Fine Arts Center

The Tennessee Fine Arts Center is suppose to be haunted by the two sisters that lived here and owned the house before it was turned into the TFAC. Not sure exactly what kind of hauntings go on here but some say that they can feel cold spots, during classes-feel someone standing behind them, things being moved, and white orbs moving around the house.

Born out of a need to preserve the past, the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center now brings quality art experiences to the region, while also protecting and nurturing the legacy of the three Baillet sisters.

During the aftermath of the Civil War, Jennie, Emma and Affa accompanied their parents on a journey from Cattaraugus County, New York, to their new home in Tullahoma.

When the sisters arrived in 1868, Tullahoma was a small southern town in the midst of Reconstruction. Founded in 1852 on the Nashville-Chattanooga Railroad, it had been a strategic location during the war and served as the headquarters and main supply depot for the Army of Tennessee in 1863. It was later occupied by Northern forces and placed under military law.
The Baillet sisters quickly adapted to their new surroundings, became prominent members of the community and opened a millinery shop, one of the first businesses in town owned by women. Accomplished artists, the sisters also assisted the family in creating a striking Italianate home with many unique interior design features.

Located near the railroad at 401 South Jackson Street, the two-story brick house is one of the oldest structures in Tullahoma.
Art played a vital role in the Baillet sisters` lives, being one of the few acceptable activities for women in the nineteenth century. Their original art works were often given to friends as gifts. Many of these paintings have returned to the home and are part of TFAC`s permanent collection.
In addition to art, according to contemporary newspaper accounts, the sisters were deeply involved in %93political affairs, public reforms and progressive movements of all kinds.%94 And they were well respected for their %93many deeds of charity.%94 Among the many causes championed by the Baillets were those of the Woman`s Christian Temperance Union and the Equal Suffrage League.
Never marrying, the sisters lived together in the Baillet home until the last sister`s death in 1934.

In 1968, the centennial of the Baillets` arrival in Tullahoma, a dedicated group of art lovers united to save the home from certain destruction and restored the historic building as a center for the arts. A new wing, the Regional Museum of Art, was added in 1992, bringing a modern art gallery to the center and expanding TFAC`s classroom, office and storage space.
A bronze sculpture was permanently installed on the TFAC lawn in 1999. Entitled, Summer Song, it was created by Bell Buckle artist Russell Faxon. The statue was financed with a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and with public donations.
Obituary: Miss Jennie Baillet
Miss Jennie Baillet, for fifty years a resident of Tullahoma, died at her home Oct. 1, 1918. She was born Dec. 1, 1834 at Farmersville, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and in 1868 came with her father and other members of the family to Tullahoma. Soon after coming here, she and her sisters opened a millinery and dress making establishment, which for many years was one of the important business houses of Tullahoma. From the beginning of her residence in Tullahoma, Miss Baillet took a prominent part in the activities of the town and was recognized as a very unusual woman. In addition to business ability and sound judgment in all practical affairs she had, literary and artistic tastes wide information, a remarkable memory and magnetic personality.
Perhaps her strongest leaning was toward political affairs, public reforms and progressive movements of all kinds. Her interest in these she retained until the day of her death.

Older residents of the town remember her many deeds of charity, her sympathy for those in distress and the valuable service she rendered as a pioneer worker in the Woman`s Christian Temperance Union and the Equal Suffrage League.
For the past several years she had been so frail physically that she was shut in most of the time but she bore her infirmities uncomplainingly and her mind remained clear, her spirit courageous to the end, when she went gladly to "greet the unseen."

Surviving her are her sisters, Misses Emma and Affa Baillet of Tullahoma, a niece, Mrs. Mary Wade Barr, of Colorado Springs, Col., and two nephews, Frank Baillet of Limestone, NY, and Harry M. Lupher of Chattanooga, Tenn., now in service in France.
Date and name of publication unknown
Miss Affa Ann Baillet
Year of death - 1934, date and name of publication unknown.
Miss Affa Baillett(sic) Claimed by Death

Another beautiful life was closed with the passing of Miss Affa Baillett, 84, which occurred Tuesday evening at 7 o`clock at her home on South Jackson street, bringing sorrow to a large number of devoted friends in this city.
Miss Baillet was born and reared at Limestone, N.Y., and had been a resident of Tullahoma for more than fifty years. Two sisters, Miss Emma and Miss Jennie Baillet, who were associated with her in the millinery business during their early residence in this city, preceded her to the beyond several years ago. Miss Baillet was a gifted artist, and had at her home a rare collection of antiques.

Miss Baillet had been confined to her bed for eight weeks. For the past week her niece, Mrs. Harry Lupher, of Chattanooga, was constantly at her bedside, and was with her when the end came.
Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 3 o`clock, conducted by Rev. C.H. Maynard and Rev. C.M. Turner. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Baillet is survived by a nephew, H.M. Lupher of Chattanooga.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Washburn, TN - Arnwine Cemetery

The cemetery is located about 10-15 miles on this old back road. As you go back the road gets narrow and the tree limbs start to scratch the side of your car. When you finally get back there, no one has been buried there since around 1903. That is the latest date found. Reports of cars not wanting to start and a woman appearing.

Whitwell, TN - Graves Creek Mine

In the early 1980's, there was an explosion in Mine #21 were 13 miners were killed. It is said that on some nights you can see miners coming out of the ground where Mine #21 was located just to disappear in the night.  The mine is sealed up.

No picture could be found, but he is a good one.