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Boo… it’s Trick-or-Tennessee!

As Halloween approaches, and the ghosts & witches prepare to walk the streets in search of… candy, chocolates and all things sweet, we delve into the best spooky places to visit in Tennessee.
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 stay option!
Lots House – Franklin, TN
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.
Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN
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.
Bell Witch Cave – Adams, TN
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

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