Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Clarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University

Trahern Theater The Third floor and stage are apparently haunted by a ghost of a young woman students call "Margaret". Messing with elevators, locking doors, banging lockers, and calling the unfortunate night owl`s name.

This is in relation to the haunting of the school`s Trahern theatre. last year (2002) in a production the theatre department was producing. One afternoon, a perfectly clear afternoon, with no rain, the cast was on stage rehearsing, suddenly the lights dimmed on and off three times at differing periods of length, no more than a few seconds each time. it was clear, there was no reason for the electricity to go out, and no one was in the lighting booth, the lights simply seemed to go out on their own. We all joked it was the ghost, trying to get us to leave her alone.

Clarksville, TN - Palmyra

Headless Statues : There is a ghost by the name of E.T. Wickham who haunts the grounds at and around the headless statues. Strange noises and such have been heard near the cabin he used to live in across the street. The cabin still stands but is in ruin. The statues are all still standing but are in desperate need of repair.

Clarksville, TN - Resthaven cemetery

There's a house back behind the actual cemetery that is said to have been the house of a slave owner. As the story goes one of the slaves impregnated the slave owner's daughter by forms of rape. The slave owner killed the slave. It is said that the slave still haunts the house and neighboring cemetery looking for his unborn child. I've been there myself and me and some other people were walking up to the house and light bluish/greenish light crept up the house. so of course we fled to where we were parked on the outside road. we got in the car and as we pulled off a wind of gravel hit the back window. the weird thing was we were on a paved road with no gravel in sight.

Clarksburg, TN - Palestine Church

This is an old abandoned church that is surrounded by a cemetery. You can still go inside the church, it is not locked. If you go inside at night, you can see a person sitting on the piano stool, and hear them begin to play the very low notes on the piano. Also, you can see someone standing in the corner wearing a black cloak, and covering his or her face. You can hear the wood floor creaking as if someone is walking toward you, if you have the courage to stay that long. As you start to leave you can hear the sounds of "things" running through the woods, leaves rustling, sticks breaking, etc. And you have the feeling of being "watched" the whole time you are there.

Chattanooga, TN - Sheraton Read House

In room 311 it is believed that during the Civil War that a soldier took a prostitute to this room and killed her. Her ghost haunts that room to this day, running hotel visitors off.

Chattanooga, TN - Greenwood Cemetery

Long ago at a lake across from the cemetery, a wealthy family lived in a large house. The wife was stricken with an illness and had to be put in a wheelchair. Her husband fell in love with another woman and pushed his wife into the lake killing her. Some nights she can be seen as a green mist hovering above the ground and there will be wheelchair tracks on the ground.

Charleston, TN - Phantom Monk - Railroad

Charleston, TN`s most famous resident may be the Phantom Monk. The building he haunted is now long gone, but the legend lives on.

In 1867 there was a terrible flood in Charleston, and a terrible tragedy. The flooded Hiwassee had washed away some of the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, the engineer of a passenger train was not aware of this, and the train fell into a ravine. Rescuers immediately went to work searching for the victims, but it was too late for many of them. Sadly, there was no hospital in the area, and the victims were taken to private homes. Many died. Eventually, all the bodies were found except for one: the body of a Catholic Monk from Baltimore.
It was very strange that the body of the young monk was not found. Too strange. People wondered if maybe he had never been on the train at all. The body had been found by the local doctor the night of the accident. When he noticed that this man was dead he hid his body until he could run home and got a wheel barrel and took him back to his house. The doctor had put his body in the guest bedroom of his house since he lived alone. Then the doctor passed out, so he was taken back to his house and cared for until he came to it. He finally woke up 3 days later with people standing over him. They said that he needed to rest and he was just exhausted, but knowing that the body was in the guest bedroom and no one seemed to mention it he had to get up and get back to work so they would leave his house. When they left he checked and found the monk still dead in his guest room. The doctor was finally able to work on the monk`s body where he stripped the bones and bleached them. He hung the skeleton in his office, because he had one that his father had given him that had been in the family for years and when he moved to this town it got lost in the move. Buying a new "real" skeleton would be too expensive and so when this opportunity had come up he took it.

Time went by and no one noticed or cared, but then the doctor began to have horrible nightmares of the monk stabbing him in his sleep. He began to stay at his office so he would not sleep. One day a boy had walked into the his office and seen a man standing there in a brown cape and when the doctor walked into the room the man disappeared. The boy asked him about the man and he said that it might be b/c the boy was not feeling well and that he should not mention it to anyone ever. Well being a young boy he told everyone! So people began to get suspicious. When an investigation was done the doctor finally confessed and explained what he had done and how he was being haunted.
Apparently, the monk`s spirit did not appreciate this (which is perfectly understandable). For years, the ghost haunted the old office. Dr. J. Lake McClary, the town doctor in later years, reported many encounters with the spirit.
In 1932, the old building was demolished. While tearing it down, workers discovered the monk`s cloak and a rosary hanging between the walls.

Today, the Coon Hunter`s Association Building stands near where the office once was. Sometimes, the locals claim, the ghost of the young monk returns, and walks the tracks late at night, or visits the new building. Some residents of Charleston claim to have encountered the unhappy spirit. They since his miserable condition, and hope he finds peace.

Castalian Springs, TN - Cragfont Mansion

Cragfont Mansion is one of the most historic, and least well known pieces of history in Middle Tennessee. Located just off Highway 25 in the Castalian Springs community of Sumner County, TN, Cragfont Mansion was completed in 1802. At the time it was built, it was the greatest house west of the Appalachians. It was owned by James Winchester, of Maryland, who was a prominent citizen of the area, and a brigadier general during the War of 1812, having worked with such well known people as Andrew Jackson. He was also one of the founders of Memphis.
During the Civil War, the house was damaged by Union soldiers. During this time, George Washington Winchester and his son were off fighting for the Confederacy. They were captured in 1863, and imprisoned. During this time, Malvina Winchester kept the plantation going despite very difficult situations. While it was being vandalized by soldiers, many of the slaves were disappearing, either fleeing to Union lines or being kidnapped. When George W. Winchester returned in 1865, the plantation was damaged, but still very much running.
Today, Cragfont Mansion stands as a reminded of a time gone by. Since you`re reading about it on this website, you can probably conclude it`s believed to be haunted. Indeed, there are many legends of odd occurrences which happen there, which is not surprising considering its long, glorious, and sometimes tragic history. Many people report a high energy level in the area. It is believed that the ghost of James Winchester walks the house at night. I`ve heard from people who swear they have seen candles burning the windows at night. Other reports state that ghostly figures can sometimes be seen gazing out the window. Others say that the ghost of Malvina haunts the house. Since she worked so hard, and poured so much emotion into the mansion she loved, it seems logical that she might still be looking over the place from beyond the grave. Her hard work might still continue.

Other reports exist of the place being haunted by Civil War soldiers wearing both Blue and Gray, slaves, and others, though the two above seem to have the most reports. Are these stories true, or are they simply legends? If you`re ever in the Sumner County area, just stop by and visit the mansion, and judge for yourself!