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Haunted Chattanooga

  • 1971 black and white photograph of John Brown's Tavern, built as a home and inn for John Brown, Cherokee.

    John Brown's Tavern

    Stories were told of travelers who spent the night but never left the tavern and mysterious blood stains on the upstairs floor and staircase.  People in the valley said that they have heard that "lights are seen in the north end room even when the house is supposed to be vacant; that chains are dragged up and down the stairs; that heavy thuds are heard as if a lifeless body had been let fall; that a sharp, glistening instrument shaped like a tomahawk shines out of the blackness at the wakeful sleeper; and that countrymen hurry their teams when passing the house at night."

  • 1966 black and white photograph of the oldest section of the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Faxon House

    Ghostly art lover

    Hunter Museum employees have noticed a ghostly visitor perusing the artwork.  They recognize their ghost by her bashed-in head as Augusta Hoffman, murdered in 1915.  Augusta lived at 15 Bluff View, next door to the museum.  Her relatives, the Bennetts, were convicted of her murder when her skeletal remains, clothing, and jewelry were found in the basement.  In 1970, Augusta's home was torn down, but she decided to remain. 

  • 1960s color postcard of Crystal Cave, now Raccoon Mountain Caverns

    Crystal Cave formation

    Crystal Cave, now Raccoon Mountain Caverns, is also home to the ghost of the night watchman, Willie Cowan, killed by a fire during the 1960s. Willie liked to smoke cigars, and cave guides have heard him whistling and have smelled tobacco in the cave.  Erin, a cave guide, actually saw Willie as an older man with a long beard and ratty clothes.  Ghost hunters have been in the cave and witnessed strange blue lights that appear where no light should be.  Many cave employees have smelled carbide lamps, a caving tool no longer used today but used by Willie. 

  • Black and white photograph of apartment building at corner of 8th and Douglas Streets, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    The headless dog of Douglas and 8th Streets

    According to a 1903 story in the Chattanooga Times, this area was haunted by a headless dog that sat on the steps of the African American school.  The ghost frightened the children of the area beginning in November 1903.  The matter was reported to the police but neither gunshots nor bricks could remove the ghost.  The children were quite terrified as the apparition would sit and howl like a child on the steps.

  • 1976 black and white photograph of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library at 1001 Broad Street

    Check out these ghosts

    Not all buildings or sites need to be old to have otherworldly visitors.  In 2012, the Global Paranormal Society visited the library in March at night and recorded a EVP clip with several loud bangs and one female voice saying "I got you."  Library employees had experienced some events such as noises when no one was there, books moving mysteriously, and footfalls when no one was on the floor.  The employees had named the spook Eugene.  Perhaps Eugene just loved to read. 

  • Black and white photograph of Medical building, Oak Street Stadium dorms, Hooper-Race Hall, Founders Hall, and Patten Chapel of the University of Chattanooga.

    University of Chattanooga apparitions

    Buildings shown from left to right: Medical Building, Oak Street Stadium dorms, Hooper-Race Hall, Founders Hall and Patten Chapel.  Hooper Hall is the home to the phantom known as John Hockings.  The former groundskeeper committed suicide in 1974 and now resides in Hooper Hall, leaving cold chills and noises in his wanderings.  Two ghosts inhabit Patten Chapel, a gentle monk and a very angry Native American.  Could the unexplained noises heard in Brock Hall come from the departed souls whose corpses came to the medical school by way of grave robbers?

  • Black and white photograph of Firehall no. 12 at 907 Forrest Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Firehall no. 12

    The firehall was built in 1929 and was used until 1997. The building at 906 Forest Avenue remained empty, was later purchased and renovated in 2013.   According to the last resident firefighter Commander Donnie Eaves, strange things happened during the building's last years as a firehall.  Doors and drawers opened without help; footsteps sounded on the top floor; and a noise like a fire engine starting was heard.  Perhaps the older firefighters didn't want to leave their job.

  • 1976 black and white photograph of Ruby Tuesday taken for the Hamilton County Historical and Architectural Survey.

    Ruby Tuesday's Little Margie

    Ruby Tuesday opened at 3819 Brainerd Road and closed in 1993.  Little Margie lived there, a ghostly child whose sad cries and antics spooked the staff.  Bottles were pushed off shelves; lights and televisions came on by themselves; and metal spatulas flew through the air.  Margie might have died falling down the stairs or been burned in the fireplace by a distraught mother who buried her ashes under the basement.  When Ruby Tuesday became a parking lot, Margie might have moved on to 3709 Brainerd where a young child haunts that house, too.

  • 1926 color postcard of Read House hotel at 827 Broad Street, supposedly haunted by Annalise Netherly in Room 311.

    Read House haunted Hotel

    Located at 827 Broad Street, the hotel was built in 1871 by John Thomas Read. The owners razed the hotel and rebuilt it in 1925.  Room 311 is the room supposedly haunted by a woman named Annalisa Netherly who hates cigar smoke and sometimes chases men out of the room.  The story goes that she was murdered in the hotel.  One story has the murder taking place during the Civil War; another during the 1930s.  Still another story places the hauntings on a woman named Martha Brown Hewlett who stayed at the hotel from 1930-1940.  In either case, beware room 311!

  • First Wisconsin Cavalry monument black and white postcard

    Battlefield haunts

    Chickamauga battlefield's most famous haunt is Green Eyes.  One story, associated with the Riderless Horse monument, is that the green, glowing eyes are emeralds, given by a young officer to his lady love before his death.  Someone took the eyes before the monument was unveiled, and now the dead officer wanders the battlefield, searching for his lost love, the green emeralds glowing brightly in the night.  There are other tales associated with Green Eyes and the ghostly wanderings of the soldiers who fought on this bloody field.

  • 1940 color postcard showing Lookout Mountain Hotel

    Lookout Mountain Hotel

    According to Gus Stone, hotel caretaker, the hotel housed less than solid guests.  He hosted a crap game in the hotel's basement.  One night, the 15 men who were gambling heard a horrible scream from the lobby.  They ran to the lobby to investigate but found no one.  Gus also said that he would close every door from the 5th floor to the basement when locking up for the night, but every single door would be open again the next morning.   A guard also told of a lady in white who disappeared right before his eyes.  The guard chose also to disappear.

  • 1861-1865 black and white photograph of the Tennessee River Gorge

    Tennessee River haunts

    The river held tales of a monster serpent that had a huge head, 2 feet in length, resembling a dog, and a body with a slimy back that was 20 to 25 feet long.  As far back as 1820, the Cherokees had told tales of this creature.  Those who saw the creature died the next day after seeing it.  Buck Sutton saw it in 1822 and died.  In 1827 Billy Burns also spied the monster and died soon after and Jim Winsom in 1829 met a similar fate.  The sightings had died down by 1885.