Experience Tennessee’s Ghosts This Fall During These 13 Haunted Tours

by Janean Flowe
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The nights grow darker and a spine-tingling chill hangs in the air with ghost stories, strange happenings, superstitions, and dark and mysterious tales of the unexplained. Explore spooky adventures at these haunted tours across Tennessee if you dare.

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Mabry Hazen House

Knoxville – Mabry Hazen House will host “A Victorian Séance Experience” inside the parlors of the 1858 historic house. Whether true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters will enjoy this immersive experience.

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Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

Petros – Souls are rumored to haunt the stone fortress of a maximum-security prison. Visitors report hearing footsteps, seeing apparitions, and hearing disembodied voices. Hear stories of the unexplained world of the undead during a Paranormal Tour at Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

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Red Boiling Springs

Red Boiling Springs – Moving beds, dark figures, cold spots and disembodies voices are rumored at the Thomas House Hotel. Join the Ghost Hunt Weekends crew for an overnight at this haunted hotel, Friday, or Saturday nights.

Silver Point – Climb aboard for a spine-tingling Haunted Canoe Trip. Stay close as you wander through an old cemetery and hear stories of a flooded town with lost graves, ghostly encounters, unexplained voices and eerie sounds, Fridays, and Saturdays through the beginning of November.

Castalian Springs (Oct. 16) – Guests will be guided by lantern to hear spooky tales and ghost stories during Haunts at the Font, 6-10 p.m. at Cragfont. Calm your fears with apple cider by the fire and hear spooky historic murder ballads by the Traveling Caudells. Tickets are $15.

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Hermitage (Oct. 28-31) – Embark on a spooky voyage during Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Ghost Tours 7 and 9 p.m. as you explore the mansion, grounds, and cemetery by lantern light. Hear stories about ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s infamous meeting with the Bell Witch.

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Columbia Ghost Tour

Columbia – The Columbia Ghost Tour is a fall tradition walking downtown to hear eerie tales and spooky history. Tours are every Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. in front of the Maury County Courthouse. Tickets are $10. Cash or check only. Call 931-797-3316 to reserve your spot.

Murfreesboro (Oct. 15, 22, 29) – As the sun sets and darkness falls, walk among the final resting places of thousands of Murfreesboro’s residents and hear stories of the unique past 7 p.m. Friday nights during Tombstones at Twilight. Tickets are $30 and space is limited.

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Greenwood Cemetery

Clarksville – Take a spooky stroll through the winding paths of Greenwood Cemetery to hear tales full of local history and intrigue. Tours are from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Memphis – Hear stories, dark history, and tales of the paranormal during the Historic Haunts Ghost Tour. Legends, murders, yellow fever, maritime disasters, relocated graveyards and haunted tales claim to make Memphis one of America’s most haunted cities.

Shiloh – There were more than 23,000 casualties in the Battle of Shiloh. Discover ghost stories and legends like the pond colored blood red where soldiers from both sides came to bathe their wounds, during a self-guided tour of the battlefield at Shiloh National Military Park.

Elizabethton (Oct. 28) – Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Experience family-friendly stories, songs and tales sure to send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone during Scary Stories at Fort Watauga, 7:30 p.m. at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

East Tennessee – Explore the mysteries of mountain heritage, the unknown and unexplained during Appalachian Ghost Walks. Choose from 16 different lantern-led ghost and history tours of haunted sites year-round, daily and/or nightly. Advanced reservations required.

(News Oct. 2021)


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