There’s nothing like a spooky tale to liven up a quiet night and get your blood pumping. There’s something magnificently chilling about the unknown, terror hides in the dark and within the imagination. Tennessee may be a pretty happy state from the looks of it, with all the hot chicken and southern hospitality and such. It’s behind pretty doors that you find the scariest stories – and we’ve found a couple just for you.
7) Bathroom Bullies
Jamestown has an eerie tale about Pine Haven school, a local abandoned building that houses a ghost. Years ago, a young boy was alone in the bathroom before class when he was confronted by the school bully. While he was washing his hands, he was shoved into the mirror, breaking it on impact and cracking his head open on the sink as he fell. Terrified of getting in trouble, the bully pulled up the floor boards and shoved the body under the school to rot. With no one living roaming the halls any longer, you are more than welcome to wander into the bathroom at the end of the hall. Legend has it, if you look in the mirror you will see the dead boy behind you.
6) Bell Witch Cave
The Bell Witch Legend is one of the most prominent horror stories of Tennessee. In the early 19th century, John Bell and his family were haunted by an malignant spirit, also known as a poltergeist. Supposedly the haunting got so awful that it took John Bell's life and continues to haunt and cast a pall over northern Tennessee.
5) Old Green Eyes
Chickamauga Battlefield is a place of fascination, where many men lost their lives and others wandered into the rest of theirs changed and forever broken. "Old Green Eyes," was a Confederate soldier whose head was the only part of his body found after the dust settled. If you walk the fields at night, it is said that you can see a pair of glowing green eyes following you.
4) Skinned Tom
Young Tom found himself wooing the wrong woman in the mid-1920's and paid the ultimate price. He took a young lady out on a date to Lovers' Lane in the Tennessee countryside, while unbeknownst to him she was actually married. Her husband tracked them down and murdered the woman, before dragging Tom from the vehicle and skinning him alive. Tom is said to still hang around Lovers' Lane, dripping with blood and carrying a knife to punish all those who play games with adultery.
3) The Signal Man
You may have heard of the headless train conductor before, but Chapel Hill is known for it's ghostly lights that run along the town railroad tracks and a headless conductor that wanders them endlessly, forever trying to signal a train that will never come.
2) The White Screamer
In White Bluff, Tennessee you'll find the locals whispering about the, "White Screamer." Some claim to have seen the hulking, white creature while others merely lock their deadbolts at night. Legend has it that an old couple lived in the woods and hid their terrifyingly ugly child in the basement. When it grew old enough, it escaped, killing the parents and streaking into the woods, only able to scream with abandon in the chill of the night. Supposedly, pets and cattle have fallen prey to the white being.
1) Blood Money
Leave a couple dollars on the grave of Sadie Baker and you may just appease the witch. Concord Cemetery is the final resting place of Baker, who was buried alive by her community in the 19th century for witchcraft. Don't go walking in the graveyard at night, because the locals swear they see her wandering amongst the tombstones.
We bet you’re going to have trouble sleeping tonight. Have you heard any of these legends before, or do you know something new? Let us know in the comments below!