Tennessee Ghost Tours and Haunted Houses Spook Up Halloween
As the sun grows more distant and the cool wind moves closer, scary creatures of the night come out to play, specifically the ghosts of Tennessee. Here are some ghost tours and haunted homes to check out when you’re looking for a historical spook.
Get your ghost fix on the Blountville Ghost Walk as part of the Appalachian Ghost Walk happening through December. You can choose from an evening lantern tour, a full-day tour or a haunt-filled vacation. Visit sites like The Old Blountville Jail and Anderson Hall, where a Civil War ghost is said to still roam.
The town of Rugby is said to be haunted. Among the many places is Kingstone Lisle Inn, the house of founder Thomas Hughes. “The Snoring Ghost” and Hughes’ mother are said to haunt the place, pulling blankets from the bed and making snoring sounds. You can only visit the Inn during tours.
The Sheraton Read Hotel in Chattanooga has the famous Room 311, said to be haunted by Annalisa Netherly, supposedly killed by her husband. Room 311, is only available to fearless guests who specifically ask or when the hotel runs out of space. There are no organized tours, but the room is yours for the asking.
The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville, is said to be haunted by his ghost. Lantern tours are now underway at the mansion where visitors will learn about the spooky happenings surrounding the home as well as visit Andrew and Rachel’s tomb and the First Hermitage cabin. Visit the website for more information and admission prices.
The historicSam Davis Home in Smryna has been the center of many paranormal occurrences including the sound of footsteps, voices and even full-body apparitions. Find out just how true these accounts are by going on the ghost tours Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27.
The Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace is said to be alive with paranormal activity: unexplained noises, voices and creepy, dark shadows. Find out for yourself as the hotel opens its doors for its Haunted Hotel Tour every weekend and some weekdays in October.
Visit a sunken cemetery 15 feet below the surface of the water on a haunted paddleboat ride Oct. 19 to Nov. 5 along the Caney River in Silver Point. The tour begins around a campfire as ghost stories and legends surrounding the area are shared. Take a 45-minute paddleboat ride to see the 1800’s cemetery site where ghostly happenings have occurred.
If you’re wanting a bit of history behind the horror, Magnolia Manor’s Ghost Tour in Bolivar may be perfect for you. The tour lasts approximately two hours, with plenty of chances for you to take pictures and record video and audio, on the chance you capture some paranormal activity. The tour includes
There’s also a cemetery walk happening in Denmark, Tenn. from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Tour the cemetery as presenters in period costumes tell the stories of historical residents. Admission is a $5 donation and children are admitted free.
You’ve hit the ghost lottery in Memphis if you like to be spooked. From the voodoo practices and phantoms of Beale Street to Mary the Orpheum Theater ghost, you’ll find paranormal surprises every which way. On the Dark Side of Memphis ghost tour you’ll visit Howard’s Row, a Civil War hospital; Barboro Alley, also known as “Deadman’s Alley”; and the site of a heinous murder, the Gayoso House. The Memphis Ghost Tour takes you to the Orpheum Theater, South Memphis’ Voodoo Fields and a former brothel, Ernestine & Hazel’s, which is said to be the most haunted site in the United States.
Have you ever taken a ghost tour? What other Tennessee ghost stories are floating around?
About the Blogger:
Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of Nashville. My family and I vacationed in East Tennessee every year when I was young. Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains, staying in cabins in Gatlinburg, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge instilled in me a love for this state at an early age. I now have the privilege of working and living in Tennessee. My blog posts will center on what’s happening around this great state. I’d love it if you joined me!