Are you a fan of haunting ghost stories? Do you love to find a bit of the obscure in the every day? Then you should most definitely go ghost hunting in one of these Tennessee locales…it’s an eerie thing, to see the past through the ghostly apparitions of the present. How many have you visited?
1. Wheatland Plantation - Sevierville
The first house on this property burned to the ground in 1825, taking four young lives with it. There are common reports of child-like presences in the basement. Also, a mass grave containing an estimated 28 Cherokee Indians, 68 slaves, and 2 Revolutionary War soldiers is reported to be in the back yard.
2. Hales Bar Marina and Dam - Guild
Located just West of Chattanooga, the dam was built in 1905 in an effort to quell a whirlpool in the Tennessee River. The local Native Americans didn't like the change and supposedly put a curse on the dam. Ghostly figures have been reported circling in the waters, and there are also many reports of apparitions of a girl in a pink dress who many think was killed at the dam. You can take haunted tours of the dam.
3. Carnton Plantation - Franklin
The Carnton plantation was used as a hospital during and after the Civil War Battle of Franklin. Over 1700 Confederate soldiers were hastily buried in the front yard (now graveyard), and there are many reports of ghostly Confederate soldiers roaming the grounds at night.
4. RestHaven Memorial Gardens - Clarksville
Near this graveyard is the home that once belonged to a slave owner. Legend has it that the owner's daughter was impregnated by one of the slaves, and the owner killed the man in a fit of rage. The ghost of the slave still haunts the area, supposedly looking for his lost child who he never knew.
5. The Orpheum Theater - Memphis
A little girl named Mary was killed tragically by a car on nearby Beale Street, but her spirit seems to have chosen the Orpheum as her final resting place. She is often seen sitting in her favorite seat in the theater (C-5), and the cast of a 1979 production of Fiddler On The Roof was so convinced of her presence, they demanded a séance to attempt contact with her.
6. Rotherwood Mansion - Kingsport
A young woman used to live in this mansion. She was engaged to a man who drowned in the nearby river on the day of their wedding. Her next suitor died of yellow fever less than a year after marrying her, but her third and final husband gave her a beautiful daughter. Unfortunately, the daughter died only a few years later, driving the woman to commit suicide. Her ghost still haunts the grounds, looking for her first love.
7. Sensabaugh Tunnel - Kingsport
Built in the early 1920s, the tunnel is supposedly haunted by the Sensabaugh family. The reason? The legend states that Mr. Sensabaugh murdered them all in the stream that flows through the tunnel. Many ghost hunters report hearing a baby crying in the tunnel.
8. Tennessee State Capitol - Nashville
When the project of building the capitol was delayed due to insufficient funds, architect William Strickland and fund manager Samuel Morgan argued frequently. Strickland died before he could see his building completed, but he, and later Morgan, were both interred in a vault in the building. Police have been called to the property multiple times over the years, responding to reports of men shouting and calling each other names - always in the north wing, where the two bodies were entombed.
9. East Tennessee State University - Johnson City
Not all ghosts are evil. Two frequently reported apparitions at ETSU are "Uncle Sid," who is known for roaming Gilbreath Hal closing doors and windows behind forgetful students (especially when a storm is approaching), and a former librarian who suffered a heart attack and died in the library. She still puts books away when they're left out.
Jeez these spots are terrifying. Have you ever visited, yourself? Let us know below!