Knoxville is a city with some interesting history...and with history, comes haunts. We've rounded up a series of places in Knoxville that are actually haunted. Check 'em out - or stay far away - depending how brave you're feeling.
Downtown Grill and Brewery / Woodruff's
DGB is housed in one of Knoxville’s oldest buildings, which also happens to have a curious past. Legend says that more than 100 years ago, a band of gypsies placed a curse on the property after their white mule died on the premises. After several fires hit buildings along Gay Street, many folks cited the White Mule Curse as the culprit. DGB hasn’t seen this misfortune yet…perhaps it could because they’re paying homage to history with their White Mule Ale brewed on site.
Old Gray Cemetery
What’s creepier than a cemetery at night? A cemetery at night…that’s haunted. Over the years there have been several reports of a black shape slinking amongst tombstones at Old Gray Cemetery in the middle of the night. Locals call this figure the Black Aggie. There are debates whether the Black Aggie’s temperament – while some people say it has left them alone, others claim that it has aggressively chased them out of the cemetery. Hmm…maybe we’ll have to settle this debate once and for all, and check this one out.
Gay Street Bridge
During the day, crossing the Gay St. Bridge is comparable to a walk in the park. But after the sun sets, things get a little spookier for this Knoxville landmark – all thanks to a disturbing death that happened many years ago. Folks say it all began when a man was wrongfully accused of murder in the 1900s. As a punishment for his crime, he was hanged from the third lamppost on Gay Street Bridge. As the noose was placed around his neck, the man yelled that if he was truly innocent, there would forever be a sign that innocent blood was shed at the bridge. We’re sure it sounded like baloney at the time…but when the light on the post he was hanged did not work for years following his death, many people said it was the curse at work.
Lennox Place - Lennox Subdivision
Rumor has it that Lennox Place – Lennox subdivision is home to more than just human beings. From what we’ve heard, several homes in the area have reported ghost sightings over the years. Here’s the kicker – the two same figures appear each time: a man with white hair in a nightgown and a young girl with long blonde hair. Residents have also reported loud noises, garage doors opening in the night, and other types of mischief.
Top Floor of Bijou Theatre
The Bijou Theatre is more than just a place to catch a show – it’s also home to a lost spirit. But with this building’s extensive past, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Construction begun on the building in 1815, and since then it has operated as a hotel, hospital, and theatre. The root of the Bijou’s haunt happened during the Civil War when Union General General William P. Sanders died in the bridal suite of the hotel. General Sanders’ ghost is still rumored to haunt the building – specifically the top floor of the Bijou.
University of Tennessee - Strong Hall
Not all haunts are bad – and Sophie over at University of Tennessee is proof of that! Strong Hall used to be a women-only residence hall, but even before this, Sophronia Strong and her husband had a house on the property more than a century ago. After Sophie passed away, her son gave the land to UT. However, some folks say Sophie’s soul lingered around the area. Students have reported sights of a white phantom in the halls and sightings of Sophie in mirrors since Strong Hall opened its doors. Rumors say that Sophie has a mischievous side – she has pranked students by locking them out of rooms and spooking them with flickering lights in the hallways.
Photo: University of Tennessee
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