I am a writer of fiction and nonfiction and this article is from a friend of mine who recounts living in a haunted house as a child.
Introducing The Ghosts of Fayette County, Tennessee
Fayette County lies in the southwestern part of Tennessee, in an area that has been known for its early cotton plantations and its occupation by both, Confederate and Union Armies, during the great American Civil War. It lies within the Congressional District that David Crockett was elected to in 1826 and again in 1828. Because of this, U.S. Hwy 64, which runs through the county, has been dedicated as "David Crockett Parkway." With all this history, could there be some of the former residents and travelers who liked it so well here, that they are still hanging around in the spirit state? Some people believe it to be true.
Ghosts of LaGrange, Tennessee
One account of area hauntings tells of a house in LaGrange, Tennessee that is haunted by the ghosts of Confederate Soldiers. Although there have been reports of ghost sightings throughout the town, at different times, one of the most talked-about appearances of apparitions is "The Ghost Rockers." A number of people claim to have seen, what appeared to be the ghosts of Confederate Soldiers, rocking in rocking chairs in the roadway, in front of one of the antebellum homes.
Ghosts of The Terry Beville House
Another alleged haunted place is the Terry Beville house, which Beville calls Castle Manor due to its location at 1305 New Castle Drive, Somerville, Tennessee. In February of 2015, I received an invitation from Mr. Beville to come to his home and investigate paranormal activities he has seen and heard since moving into the house.
According to Beville, the house was in need of repair when it was purchased, and he immediately began the restoration process, while living there. He stated that at times music could be heard, softly playing the gospel song, "Amazing Grace," and at other times unexplainable talking, and even yelling was heard by himself and others. In one of the recordings he has, a muffled voice of a child can be heard during a tour which was in progress; however, no one heard it until the recording was played back. He also states there were no children in that tour.
Beville has numerous photos taken by himself and guests, including paranormal investigators that show the presence, of what appears to be ghostly apparitions in different rooms of the residence, as well as on the front porch. He states that he also found the name "Catherine" written on a window in an upstairs bedroom.
Ghosts of The Ames Plantation
A few miles north of LaGrange is the partially restored Ames Plantation. This plantation was begun in about 1820, and it became the homestead of John Patterson on the North Fork of the Wolf River. Other families moved here, and an area of approximately 18. 600 acres was finally homesteaded. Along with the new families moving onto the plantation, there became a need for cemeteries. With these cemeteries, came the tales of ghostly encounters of misty images and the faint sounds of singing and screams. If the Ames Plantation Manor House could speak, it would surely tell us stories about its long-dead inhabitants, and possible, tell of the ones that are still there in spirit.
The Real Ghost of Fayette County, Tennessee
There is one place you can find a real ghost in Fayette County, Tennessee 24 hours a day and 365 days a year unless it's a leap year, and then it is 366 days a year. It's a place and not a spirit; at first glance, there is nothing scary about it, and thousands visit it each year. It is a major draw for canoers, for its scenic beauty and wildlife viewing.
This place is a 2,200-acre section of the Wolf River, which has been designated as the "Ghost River," for several reasons. This 14-mile section of the Wolf does not have a channel, and the water appears at times to not flow and becomes dead water. When this happens, it causes canoers and boaters to become disoriented in the swampy growth of large cypress trees that shoot up from the depths of the river bottom. Because many people have become lost in this section of the river, it prompted officials to have this part marked to keep tourists from falling victim to the ancient allurings of the beautiful Ghost River.
If you get lost and can't get out of the river before sundown, you might become a victim of some things considered by many to be much more terrifying than a ghost. The Ghost River is a haven for many creatures that go bump in the night. One of these has no legs, arms, or shoulders; it is the abominable, slithering, venomous cottonmouth snake. It was given the name "Cottonmouth" because of the white color of the inside of its mouth. It shows this when getting ready to sink its long fangs into a victim. This serpent can be found here both day and night.
The Alligator: A New Resident of the Ghost River
Another creature that seems to venture out more at night is the American alligator. In the last few years, they have ventured into the Ghost River, and a video was made of a seven-footer there recently.
Big Cats Return to The River Bottom
The North American cougar (mountain line) and black panther are also returning to their native habitat here, after being absent many - many years. It seems their lose of habitat in other areas is causing them to seek more solitude in the swampy bottoms of the river.
Black Bears Seem to be Making a Comeback
It seems black bears from Eastern Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama are beginning to venture back into Western Tennessee, with several being spotted in Fayette County, and one being captured in Shelby County.
The Nutria: A Huge Rodent
The river bottoms are also the new home to a large rodent, the Nutria (Coyu), which can grow to weights of 37 pounds. This rodent is native to subtropical and temperate South America but was introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, by fur farmers. This herbivore is known for its aggressive nature and has attacked humans and pets.
Which Ghost Would You be More Afraid of
Now that we have discussed the alleged ghost sightings of Fayette County, Tennessee and the real perils of the Ghost River, which frightens you most?
Be sure, and watch the video below to witness the majesty of the Wolf River.
© 2018 Gerry Glenn Jones
Gerry Glenn Jones (author) from Somerville, Tennessee on June 26, 2020:
Thank you, Peggy!
Peggy Howell on June 25, 2020:
Gerry Gleen Jones
My dad (Billy Helton) and his brothers would go to the Hactie River and fish(trot line) and hunt I would always hear my dad talk about the Hugh snakes, and the sounds they would hear but could not see anything ....How eerie it was but they would keep going back My Dad would say its not for the faint of heart out there ( we lived in Oakland Tn ) I never heard Ghost River the article was very interesting and the video was Beautiful Thank you
Gerry Glenn Jones (author) from Somerville, Tennessee on October 24, 2018:
Peggy, I don't even want to canoe there because of my fear of snakes falling into the canoe with me. I can see a chain reaction happening. 1. snake falls into canoe 2. Gerry Glenn abandons ship - all men, women, and children, save yourselves 3. Alligator chases Gerry Glenn to shore - tears the seat out of his swimsuit 4. Bear is waiting and chases Gerry Glenn into the top of a cypress tree, where a snarling growl comes from a cougar in the tree with him 5. Gerry Glenn exists tree Tarzan style, except without a vine to swing on 6. Gerry Glenn lands on Panther, who is not amused 7. Gerry Glenn returns to the river to find a nutria and the cottonmouth have joined into a partnership and are waiting in canoe 8. Gerry Glenn races for shore while being chased by an alligator with swimsuit bottoms hanging out of his mouth 9. The cycle continues until Gerry Glenn reaches the departure point where canoes are landing 10. Gerry Glenn is arrested for indecent exposure 11. He thanks the officers, while tears of joy flow
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2018:
It is interesting that occasionally the flow of the Ghost River seems to stop. I would definitely not want to get lost on that river with all of the dangerous animals which inhabit that area. I certainly would not go swimming there!
Gerry Glenn Jones (author) from Somerville, Tennessee on October 22, 2018:
I don't either, Linda, and being disoriented and knowing these creatures are all around you, make for a terrifying adventure!
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 22, 2018:
This is an interesting article, Gerry. I enjoying learning about the ghosts and the animals. What frightens me the most is the thought of getting lost on the river. I don't like the thought of being disoriented.
Gerry Glenn Jones (author) from Somerville, Tennessee on October 22, 2018:
Thank you, Louise and Pamela; it seems many of the animals are being pushed out of their habitat and are finding places like the swamps of the Wolf (Ghost) River to be somewhat secluded again, with plenty to eat.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 22, 2018:
I sure wouldn't take a dip in that river. I enjoyed the story of ghosts in TN.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 22, 2018:
That was very interesting to read. Oh, the alligator would frighten me for sure!