Twanging guitars and honkey-tonk bars–Nashville is one city that comes alive as darkness falls! It’s also the capital of Tennessee, and a town steeped in history that’s both tragic and alive with creative energy.
The Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s palatial mansion and gardens are worth an historic tour on their own. The former president’s tomb is located on the grounds and some of the reported hauntings spring from this site. Jackson was known to have an interest in the paranormal and his meeting with Tennessee’s Bell Witch is legendary. Inside the Hermitage itself, caretakers and visitors have heard footsteps coming down empty hallways and the sound of dishes crashing against a wall. Tours are offered all year round at this iconic mansion.
Gaylord Opryland Resort: The rooms and shops that comprise the Gaylord Opryland Resort make it one of the largest, and most stunning, complexes in the U.S. However, it’s the hauntings by the ethereal Black Lady that lead paranormal investigators to its doors. This woman has been seen in every part of the hotel, from elevators to the Magnolia Lobby, dressed in all black and casuing mischief. She’s been known to startle guests by disappearing from sight after stomping through the hallways and occasionally entering a hotel room uninvited.
Printer’s Alley: In the late 1800s, this part of Nashville was home to the printing industry, and many of the city’s presses operated here. At night however, Printer’s Alley turned into a seamy, raucous area where drinking and prostituion ruled the streets. With so much history and nightlife taking place here, it's no wonder the street is considered the most haunted in one of America’s most haunted cities. Investigators report shadow figures darting about and spectors seen in upstairs windows. Many believe the spirit of “Skull” Schulman still lives on after his untimely death in 1998. His ghost has been seen walking the street at night with his faithful companion, a small white dog.
Nashville City Cemetery: Nashville’s City Cemetery is the oldest public burial ground in the city. Opened in 1822, its hallowed graves are the final resting place of Civil War veterans, African-Americans, political figures and the indigent. Some of the stories attached to the deceased have followed them into the cemetery. Ann Rawlins Sanders, who committed suicide in 1836, has a piece off the cliff she jumped from marking her grave. Ann’s husband attached a lantern atop of “Suicide Rock” to stave off his beloved’s fear of the dark. Visitors to the grave of Charles Dickinson report feeling watched and sometimes touched, as well as cold chills as they pay their respect. Other notable graves are located inside City’s gates, and the public is welcome inside.
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