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Any haunted places?

Posted Friday, May 8, 2009, at 3:27 PM

Are there places in Bedford County you think are haunted?

I checked a place recently that listed haunted places in Bedford County. I had to laugh at one of them because I saw the guy last week whose ghost is allegedly haunting a certain location.

I've seen some things I can't explain but must admit I am skeptical of such things?


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I always heard that some of the large houses behind the post office were suppose to be haunted when I was a kid. Not sure which ones.

I also remember hearing that some neighborhoods in the Southside area were prey to ghost of Confederate troops as were places around Liberty Gap in Bell Buckle.

-- Posted by Runnin' By on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 3:57 PM

Absolutely!! I used to own a cleaning service and I have gone into several houses that have "guests" lingering.

I have seen two at a house on Union street that used to be owned by Dr. Molder.

One is a spirit of a little girl that sits on the stairs and crys...

The other is a malevolent spirit of a man that stares into the house from directly from outside.

He is not friendly. He tried to choke the former owner, the lady i cleaned for, one night.

He usually showed up around October.

The house also has a suicidal spirit. I often ,wanted to ask the new owners if they ever saw "fred" as I called the mean spirit.

Several other houses I have cleaned have had spirits that "pass by" from time to time..none seen, just felt.

I went into one old civil war house and felt several spirits following me as i cleaned. no problems just curious...

they could have at least carried the cleaning supplies... gee

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 4:06 PM

Some friends of mines met up with a woman, I do not know how we met with her, but she was a psyched. And her daughter was able to see spirits. But we went to an apartment, I think the street name is Cedar Grove, you drive past Tysons going to Shelbyville Mills road, and you turn right going up a hill, and on the left side of that road, their are apartments in a row. One of my friends lived in the last apartment in that row.

The lady that is a psyched had her daughter with her, and her daughter got to complaining that she wanted to leave. Her mother told us that their was a little boy who lived their a while back, said that he was hit by a vehicle and killed either on that street or the street connecting to it. She said his spirit was their, and he want leave her daughter alone. She said he was friendly, but he likes doing little pranks on people, that he is a prankster. It was about 6 or 7 people in that apartment including me, we were all sitting down listening to what she was saying about this little boy, and then all of a sudden a big vase that sits on the floor, it had long straw like feathers or flowers in it, those feathers shook real good and hard, and everybody jumped up and ran out of the apartment except the lady telling us about the boy, and the daughter that was able to see him.

It scared us to death, we eased our way back into the apartment and the woman was laughing so hard. She said, see I told you, that was him, and he loves doing stuff like that. No one in the room was near the vase; she had to reassure my friend that lived their the boy was not mean, just a prankster and would not hurt her. I don't think I could stay their after that anyway, but she did. I don't remember how long it was after that when she moved out.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 9:11 PM

My grandmother lived in a house in Raus that she couldn't keep the doors and windows locked ..a lot of times the cabinets would open and slam shut. I am not saying it was a ghost but there wasn't anybody else that lived there with her and she was far from crazy. I was just a little kid and it scared me silly but she didn't seem to pay much attention to it..needless to say I don't recall spending too many nights with my grandmother.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, May 9, 2009, at 1:06 AM

wolf meadows- go out and sit quietly there. you will here children.

-- Posted by sportsmom1 on Sat, May 9, 2009, at 5:20 PM

I've heard it said many times that the old Warners Road Bridge was haunted. Anyone old enough to remember driving across that rickety old thing would have to agree that it was quite creepy at night! The old jail is also haunted, I'll garauntee you that.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, May 9, 2009, at 11:21 PM

where is Wolf Meadows??

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, May 10, 2009, at 6:00 PM

does anyone have any knowledge of the house that was torn down or moved -- on North Main Street beside Victory Baptist Church ? There is a storage unit there now. there have been tales that it was possessed . I'd really love to know the details if anyone knows anything about it . I was told a teacher by the name of Green lived there years ago .

-- Posted by blueanjell on Sun, May 10, 2009, at 11:07 PM

4fabfelines, Wolf Meadows former location is on the right at the triangle intersection of Warners Bridge Road (I think), just a little out of town. I have been there several times when I was younger, but I think it has been developed and people live there now.

It was a home for the retarded at one point and the conditions were reported to have been terrible. I cannot verify that, as I have never personally worked with an individual whose records indicate that they were actually a resident of the facility. They may have all died or been taken back home before I was ever even born though. The stories I have heard are likely an accurate depiction of the treatment they received, given the history I know of other similar institutions and the general tendency towards racial purification so prevalent at one time.

New Hope Church was one of our areas most famous hauntings before it was burned. I have been there many times as well when I was younger, but never experienced anything unusual or even saw "the Bible".

One of my fondest memories was a "witch" who was a legend when I was younger. Her name was Miss Kitty. The first time I heard about her, I had to go and see for myself. I did not know what to expect, but was warned that I would find a witch on that road near Normandy. What I found instead, was a poor elderly lady (with some degree of dementia) who opened her door to all children and allowed them to visit. She had a notebook to sign, and it was signed by many people going many years back and another full one that was even older. I visited her regularly, and tried to always bring her something. She lived there for a little over a year after that. I do not know if she died or moved. There were regular visits by egg throwers and abusive visitors right before she disappeared. I have to assume by people who had heard that she was a witch and wanted to persecute her. Sad really, to remember with adult eyes now.

I do not believe any of these places were ever haunted by ghosts in the traditional sense of a ghost. I do believe this area is full of ghosts of a different type though. New stories are being made every day...

-- Posted by memyselfi on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 3:16 AM

4fabfelines, Excuse me, I wasn't clear enough. It was on the left going out of town, the right going in.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 3:19 AM

I have been to wolf meadows, and also heard the children. The place is really creepy, as soon as you get there the hair on my arms stands up. They did mistreat those children. They tied them to trees with chains and fed them dog food. They also beat them. My grandmother had a friend that was a nurse and she had been there to treat them right before it closed. Oh, by the way it has not been developed and no one lives there. There is only a gravel road to get there and then a dead end.

-- Posted by rrmoore on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 7:47 AM

I have heard of a few places as well. But I personally don't believe in "ghosts." I do, however, belive in spirits. Never seen anything weird happen and I really don't plan on it. I think its built up in people's heads and they "think" they see something or want to see something. But then again like I said, I have never experienced anything like that.

-- Posted by honda14 on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 10:35 AM

I have heard of a few places as well. But I personally don't believe in "ghosts." I do, however, belive in spirits. Never seen anything weird happen and I really don't plan on it. I think its built up in people's heads and they "think" they see something or want to see something. But then again like I said, I have never experienced anything like that.

-- Posted by honda14 on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 10:35 AM

There is a group out of Atlanta that studies paranormal events and they swear the Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace is haunted. They have made several overnight visits recently and say they have recorded images of people moving in and out of rooms and in corridors with infrared cameras.

-- Posted by DixieFlyer on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 8:54 PM

The people who live in the house on Union Street have been there for several years. I know them well. They report that the house and property is now ghost free, year round. It seems when these nice folks moved in, the ghost family politely moved out, leaving sincere apologies for messing with the previous cleaning lady.

-- Posted by Blessed! on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 10:30 PM

I used to live in a house at the end of Hight Street in town that was built from old barricks. We used to hear a lot of noises and had an upstairs door that we would shut and when we came home it would be open. I also had several people call me and I would hear the phone ring but it would stop and the callers would say some lady answered but no one answered.

-- Posted by titansfan on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:36 AM

The house on North Main that was recently torn down (next to Howell Funeral Home) had strange things go on there. It would sound like someone walking around upstairs when there was no one on that floor. Also strange noises that sounded something like creaking or rattleing but if you went looking for the noise it would stop. It was the same for the coach house behind it that had been turned into an apartment. Things would constantly come up missing and reappear days later. No one was ever bothered or anything, it was just unusual. There supposedly were tunnels running underneath the house to different areas of town during the civil war days. We found what looked like a crawl space that was concreted up. Some previous residents say they could see a girl in a bridal dress coming down the stairs on stormy nights. I witnessed the sounds and disappearing objects but not the bride.

-- Posted by justmytwocentsworth on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 1:17 PM

Miss Kitty! She had slipped my mind, I'm afraid, until I read memyselfi's post. I had never heard that she was a witch, but when I was in high school in the early 1980's,we used to visit her occasionally and alway on Christmas afternoon. For Christmas, kids would raid their and their family's Christmas gifts and their families kitchen cupboards and take a her a "Christmas". She seemed a bit eccentric then, but essentially aware, so perhaps that was before her slide into dementia. I always did wonder what had happened to her.

-- Posted by tenn native on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 10:07 AM

The Movie Theater is haunted. My husband and his best friend used to work there in their teen years.

They often heard footsteps up and down the stairs in the balcony when they were in the projection booth previewing the movie. They often had doors open and close for no reason and lights turned on and off several times.

The seats would sometimes flip down on their own and stay that way for a while then flip up as if someone got out of the seat.

He and his friend can tell stories all night about what they heard and saw.

-- Posted by brown eyed girl on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 12:00 PM

What is wolf meadows?

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 6:05 PM

wolf meadows was a home for mentally ill children who were supposedly mistreated very badly.. I do not know for a fact that these children were mistreated but the tales say they were tied to trees and fed dog food. But then again these were kids tales..Halloween night was always the time to take a trip to Wolf Meadows, The Chapel Hill Lights and New Hope Church. I was never really into visiting places like that myself because I was always afraid I'd see something I really had no desire to see.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 11:53 PM

My niece asked me about Wolf Meadows and I was so happy to find this. Does anyone know who the house belonged to? I remember riding the school bus up Lewisburg Highway and being able to see the house across the river on the high bank. There would be clothes hanging on the clothes line. Even back then the stories of the children were told. I remember one time that supposedly one of the kids had escaped and never heard of them being found. It is on the river so if one did escape it could have drowned. Surely someone out there has a grandparent who could tell about it. There is nothing else on the WWW about it and even if nothing ever happened Wolf Meadows was good for a scare. Thanks folks

-- Posted by olderthandirt on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 7:48 PM

Wolf Meadows

On page 61 of the book Doors To The Past, published by The Bedford County Historical Society in 1969, there is a picture of Wolf Meadows, and a nice, though brief account of the history of the building of it, as well as the ownership through the years.

Building was started in 1860, according to a medallion like ornament over the third floor balcony.The original owner, Colonel Lewis Tillman,died in 1886, and in 1890 the farm was sold to Mr.& Mrs. Daniel Stewart of Alabama.

Mr. Stewart passed away in 1902,and mrs. Stewart, with the aid of her family, continued to operate the farm successfully until her death in 1946. A few years after her death the farm was purchased by Prentice Cooper.

A couple of things come to mind when I try to put this narrative, as put forward by the Historical Society, in it's proper place, and at the same time give due consideration to the tales of retarded children, dog food, gross mistreatment of children, etc., that so many seem to have heard.

First, why no mention of these atrocities by The Historical Society? Isn't it thier job, and duty even, to report the facts of a situation and not sweep them under the rug?

Second, during what time frame could these evil events have occured? According to the Society report the farm was in continual and successful operation, as a farm, from 1890 till 1946.

Third, any custodial operation would have to have been under the auspices of the State Of Tennessee. We just don't allow folks to go out and gather up groups of other folks, march them out into the woods and tie them to trees. We require a license to be purchased before engaging in such activity. Show me the paper, please.

Fourth, I can't say what others would have done if these things actually happened, and were found out, but I personally, would have been looking for a stout rope and a low limb.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 9:55 PM

You have to remember, in the 40's and 50's, mental and physical problems were taboo and families tried to keep these family members out of the public eye.

I always heard that Prentice Cooper thru his political connections, owned this place where very wealthy families sent their physically deformed and mentally challenged children to be housed for their lifetime.

As a teenager we too, had to drive down in there.

I think we honked the horn and several flashlights appeared out the darkness, at which time "fight or flight" kicked in, and we got the heck out of Dodge!

More than likely the dogfood and tree chaining is part of our local lore, although I'm sure they needed a way to restrain the children if they were

outside as they were on a clift with the river below.

I was thinking I remembered hearing one of them drowned at the last. I do remember floating the river as an adult and feeling an overwhelming sense of saddness as we passed behind there.

-- Posted by katydid on Sun, Jul 5, 2009, at 12:18 PM

Why wouldn't there be haunted places everywhere? Remember not all hauntings are bad.

-- Posted by abner_t on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 8:47 PM

I know this post is old, but I just saw this and wanted to add to it. I actually lived in a house in Southside estates on Edgeview Dr. The house was right in front of the river. One of the reasons we moved out is because there was a male ghost (pretty sure it was a war soldier) that would wake me up by saying things loudly and playing with my 2 year old daughter's toys. It was very scary. Up until then, I had never had an encounter like that. One night I was asleep and a man's voice just kept saying excuse me over and over again loudly until I sat straight up in the bed realizing what it was. He would turn on my daughter's Barbie Karaoke machine and turn my computer on. He seemed to be fascinated with electronics, but I was not fascinated with him. It was time to go!

-- Posted by personthatcares on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 12:24 PM

The stories of Wolf meadows are partially true. Back years ago the place was used to house mentally retarded children, mostly from wealthy families. As one post stated the wealthy people didn't want to be embarrassed by their mentally retarded children.My Dad used to haul propane gas down there,he had a key to the gate left for him on the days he was suppose to come. Without asking my Dad I can't remember the names of the people that ran the place at the time. But I can tell you that there were some kids that were hard to handle and they were kept chained in the basement for their own protection. You have to remember that years ago people didn't really know how to tend to the sick kids.My Dad said the owners were nice people and tired to take care of the children the only and best ways they knew how.Not that I'm taking their side, just telling the story.My Dad never saw anyone chained to a tree or signs of chains or etc. near the trees, so I'd say it's probably not the truth. But either way I'm sure it was a sad place and I'd say if there are any spirits hanging around they're sad still. We're all God's children and sometimes we all need to be reminded of that.

-- Posted by blessedbygrace on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 7:47 PM

I was friends in high school with a member of the family that rented the place and lived there before it burnt (late 80s).He offered to let me sleepover,buy my father wouldnt allow me to.I asked him about the chains on the trees out front and he said there wasn't any,but there were in fact some in the basement.He said the place had many small compartments in the wall with lockable doors about a square meter wide and about 6 feet deep,he showed me pictures of them that were in a very old almanac or newspaper.Also he said they closed the upstairs off during the winter time,so as it would be cheaper to heat and claimed to hear strange noises upstairs.I only went down there once,on the back of a motorcycle with my brother,and we got chased out of there.I never went back but I tell my children the stories about it.

-- Posted by white_power88 on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 3:43 AM

I was friends in high school with a member of the family that rented the place and lived there before it burnt (late 80s).He offered to let me sleepover,buy my father wouldnt allow me to.I asked him about the chains on the trees out front and he said there wasn't any,but there were in fact some in the basement.He said the place had many small compartments in the wall with lockable doors about a square meter wide and about 6 feet deep,he showed me pictures of them that were in a very old almanac or newspaper.Also he said they closed the upstairs off during the winter time,so as it would be cheaper to heat and claimed to hear strange noises upstairs.I only went down there once,on the back of a motorcycle with my brother,and we got chased out of there.I never went back but I tell my children the stories about it.

-- Posted by white_power88 on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 3:45 AM

I was friends in high school with a member of the family that rented the place and lived there before it burnt (late 80s).He offered to let me sleepover,buy my father wouldnt allow me to.I asked him about the chains on the trees out front and he said there wasn't any,but there were in fact some in the basement.He said the place had many small compartments in the wall with lockable doors about a square meter wide and about 6 feet deep,he showed me pictures of them that were in a very old almanac or newspaper.Also he said they closed the upstairs off during the winter time,so as it would be cheaper to heat and claimed to hear strange noises upstairs.I only went down there once,on the back of a motorcycle with my brother,and we got chased out of there.I never went back but I tell my children the stories about it.

-- Posted by white_power88 on Sun, Aug 21, 2011, at 3:45 AM

I used to ghost hunt a lot. But not much in Bedford County. Of what I did take pictures of, was the cemetary off of Lane Pkwy (sorry I can't remember the name of it right now). Near the back, there was a figure, seemed to be clouded in black. I didn't see the pictures until I got home and pulled them up on my PC. I haven't been able to get out and explore this county and take pictures as I did when I lived in Rutherford.

As for current: We have a little girl, about 4-5years old. She wears a southern style dress with the lace; kind of like a pageant dress. A part of her face seems to be burned like she died in a house fire. She was kind-of hostile when we first moved in, shaking doors, locking doors and windows. But after explaining that I was okay with her being here, and I wasn't going to hurt her, she calmed down. We occasionally hear her playing with my kids' toys.

We also have a shadow-like spirit in our garage and a boy dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans that hangs out in our backyard sometimes.

I remember hearing about the church and "the bible" story when I was growing up. I heard that it was in Chapel Hill somewhere, but I never checked it out.

And as for being skeptic, I tend to be one, unless I see it or experience it myself. Unless it is a haunting that has to do with demonic or similar evil spirits, and I will take your word for it because those are the only types of hauntings that I will never mess with.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 9:24 PM

I live in the southside area in brookhaven sub. My house is haunted. I always see a man's figure from time to time and a small girl around the age of 6. I have never gotten a bad feeling from them. But recently my 4 yr old was playing with his toys and said a ghost was staring at him and touched his arm. He told me he was a boy floating in the air with no feet. I'm just wondering if I should be worried now. My cousin lives just up the road from me in the same subdivision. She also has seen a man's figure and her 2 yr old boy has seen the figure. I was just wondering if anyone else in this neighborhood seen anything?

-- Posted by greeneyedgirl37 on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 8:28 PM

::To greeneyedgirl37:: Can you contact me at the e-mail listed here ( d-s-p-r-@live.com )

Would like to talk to you more about what you have posted on here. Thanks,Callie

-- Posted by CallieH on Mon, Feb 20, 2012, at 4:28 PM

Your blog titled "Any haunted places? " Contains several sadly mistaken comments about a worthy and dedicated service program located at Wolf Meadows off Warners Bridge Road. There, a group home operated by a life long manager named McCullough (J.H. or H. H.) and a black lady whose name I cannot recall. They and the residents were citizens of Ohio who moved here, McCullough told me, seeking a warmer and healthier climate and, I believe, to escape the same kind of harassment described and admitted by some of your bloggers.

At the time of the move, the only alternative available for severely and profoundly retarded citizens were state institutions courts later found to be shamefully dehumanizing. Then Tennessee law forbade giving crippled children services to anyone with an IQ of less than 85. Likewise, the national burn center refused service to persons with retarded development. Tennessee law also withheld services of the Tennessee school for the blind from them. The injuries mentioned by two bloggers were self-injurious behavior engaged in by some persons suffering from Autism. Of the two adults who wondered away, one drowned in nearby Duck River before they were found by the National Guard Volunteers McCullough had promptly called. A similar drowning later occurred on the grounds of the state operated Cloverbottom Hospital and School in Donelson, Tennessee.

In one small effort at public relations, Attorney Zach Carney enlisted McCullough in starting a bridge club that met first in private homes (including mine) and later in the Dixie Hotel. I recall the Sgt. Sam Gibbs and Melvie, his wife were members.

Prentice Cooper bought and restored this old mansion and at least one other one on a road off highway 41-A to Tullahoma. The suggestion that his purchase was clouded by political shenanigans is as misguided and unfair as the aspersions cast on McCullough. It is said that no good deed goes unpunished but the comment about a limb and a rope by ilikeoldsongs is reminiscent of the kind of incitement the gets courthouses burned.

-- Posted by H. Floyd Dennis on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 4:04 AM

i used to live on wheel rd on the river across the bridge from what was then a store.when i was home alone with my son i could hear someone in the upstairs room in a rocking chair rocking and then you could hear someone walking up there.when i went up stairs there was nothing up there.then we lived on bethany ln and our apartment burnt.when we took photos of kitchen we had a figure of a man in the photo holding something in his hand and pointing to the door.we think it was our guardian angel.i believe highly in ghost and the afterlife.

-- Posted by cathy31166 on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 5:05 PM

Is Shelbyville Mills Rd next to the subdivisons some sort of battle ground?

-- Posted by khall0219 on Wed, Oct 23, 2013, at 11:20 AM

I don't mean to alarm anyone but the story of a child passing in the duplex apt. At the cedars is partially true. I lived in that apt. I rented from Landquist reality in 1986 and my son did pass there but he was a 3 month old and (Coroner)*? said it was crib death. I lived in that house for over a year after his passing with my fiance' and 3 sons and (((never))) encountered anything out of the ordinary. Now truth be told there has been hauntings of the river banks just below the cedars. Rumors said are an older gentleman who used to own Baldwin piano years ago was killed there by a boy he was trying to molest. I remember something/story of this gentlemans passing but don't remember the details. I do know a Rev. Who lived next door to me at the Cedars used to go fishing there invited my sons to go with him one day. I hollared for the boys to come in for dinner to no avail. So I walked down to the river to get them and the whole time the hairs were standing up on my neck and arms and the air seemed over whelmingly cold. I just felt cold and scared for some unknown reason. (at this time I had never heard/knew of any death down there). Another place I have seen The unusual is on the road to the old King's place off of Tullahoma highway before you get to the duck river bridge. Was just out driving one day and always heard of the King's Mansion being so beautiful in co onial (architicuture)* so went to see it but actually seem more than I wanted. Driving onto the road I seen an area on the right that looked at one time maybe a house was there; I slowed down because I thought well guess that must have been the house and it no longer exist so I decided to turn around in the drive way and leave so I backed up and when I turned my head to pull out of the driveway thete was a man standing right accross the street in an army outfit but couldn't see legs. Scared me not because I thought I seen a ghost (((that thought never crossed my mind then))) but just the fact I could have hit him with my car. I grabbed my head because it scared me and when I looked again he was gone. Really just thought okay guess it didn't bother him so I pulled out the drivd way and realized that there (((was no way possible anyone)))could stand thete because it is a drop off cliff. No where to stand at all. {(((If anyone knows anything about these 2places I sure would be intetested in nearing}}))

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