In 1896, Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary operated
as a jail, becoming home to some of the nation’s most notorious prisoners
including James Earl Ray - convicted of killing Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, this former prison is open to the public for tours. Though the death
penalty was never carried out here, inmates died of natural causes and at the
hands of other inmates, and visitors have reported being shoved, touched and
even scratched by invisible forces. For the brave, there is even an overnight
Dubbed as ‘The Second Most Terrifying Place in America’ by
the Travel Channel, this 1858 home located in Franklin, TN - just 20 miles
south of Nashville – is rich in history and has a way of making the hairs on
your neck stand on end. Lotz House was at the epicentre of fighting during the
Civil War ‘Battle of Franklin’ and witnessed thousands of casualties and
losses. Visitors of Lotz House have experienced various unexplained phenomena
from apparitions of women crying for loved ones, a little girl staring out of
the window and even the sound of military drums.
Paranormal enthusiasts have flocked to the Orpheum Theatre
over the years where it is believed to be haunted by a young girl named Mary
who was killed by a car on Beale Street, and has reportedly roamed the theatre
for 60 years. Giggling voices, doors open and close by themselves and sounds of
feet running up and down the aisles have been heard. An apparition has been
seen in her favourite seat, C-5, on more than one occasion. It is said that up
to six ghosts roam the theatre.
If you want to hunt the only authenticated ghost in the U.S.
(and a sinister one at that), head to Bell Witch Cave to experience the legend
for yourself. It is said that the Bell Witch, who once identified as Kate
Batts, had been swindled by John Bell and vowed on her death bed to haunt him
and his family, whilst known to be violent towards them. Following John’s death
and with his daughter breaking off her engagement under orders of the Bell
Witch, the ghost left them in peace before vowing to return in 107 years. It is
said she returned in 1935 and has inhabited the cave ever since.
Posted by: Tennessee Tourism
Posted on: 08/10/2020