On of the most famous hauntings in Tennessee was located in Adams, Tennessee. This was the site of the Bell Witch. The case took place in the year 1817 and involved John Bell and his family. So awe inspiring this story was and still is that it has been made into a movie. People still travel hundreds of miles to visit this historical haunted site. It is a paranormal investigators dream to have an encounter with the Bell Witch. Many websites have been dedicated to the Bell Witch phenomena. Ours is just one of the many.
The Bell Witch was a very active Spirit. She would move objects, throw things, sing, speak, and scream. She would also hit, pinch and pull the hair of the Bell children as well as a few other unsuspecting guest to the home. The Bell Witch is the only spirit reconized in the state of Tennessee for causing the death of a person. The victim of her torment and murder were none other than John Bell.
Some people believe that the Bell Witch was a neighbor of John Bell. Her name was Kate Batts. Kate had accused John Bell of cheating her on a business deal that had involved land property. On her deathbed Kate Batts cursed the man John Bell and swore she would haunt him and his descendents. Located on the property as well are Ancient Indian graves. They rest on top of the Bell Witch Cave and there is one inside the cave. Due to vandals though the body of an ancient Indian child that was in this rock squared shaped grave was stolen. What a pity.
News reached far and wide about the Bell Witch even way back then. It was to reach the ears of one of our future Presidents, Andrew Jackson. At this time Jackson was known as General Jackson. He was so intrigued by the haunting he decided to do his own investigation into the Bell Witch. He had bragged that he would expose the Bell Witch as a hoax or would confront the spirit and send it away. So General Jackson and a few friends along with his men when on their merry way to see the John Bell family and the Bell Witch. Upon reaching the Bell farm the wagon that was pulling their surpplies suddenly stopped dead in it's tracks. No amount of cracking the whip could get the horses to move the wagon. Not to be out done the men then put their backs into the wagon trying to get it to move. It was no use. Still it would not move an inch even though it was on a smooth part of the road. So they took off the wheels and examined them to make sure they weren't broken. The wheels were found to be in fine working order. But never less it was stuck right where it was. General Jackson Then said to his men, " By the Eternal, boys, it is the Witch" Suddenly there was a loud sharp metallic sounding voice from the bushes saying "All right General, let the wagon move on, I will see you again tonight " The men shocked at this display of power searched every where for the strange voice. Only to come up with nothing. The horses began to move on their own, pulling the wagon as if it had never been stopped. Jackson did encounter the Bell Witch again that night. As Betsy Bell was pinched and slapped into screaming that night by the spirit, General Jackson's covers were stripped away as soon as he could get them back on himself. He and his men were hit, slapped and even their hair pulled all night and even untill the morning hours . This had gone on all night long. Jackson and his friends and men left that morning as well. With General Jackson saying he'd rather fight the whole British Army than to fight with the Bell Witch.
Betsy Bell was also a target for the Bell Witch, She was one of the more tortured of the Bell family besides John Bell. As for the other family members she was just indiffrent toward them. In the case of Mrs. Bell she was friendly. People who came to the Bell farm would hear her high pitched voice when she was unhappy. At other times the spirit sang songs, hymens and spoke in musical tones. The Bell Witch has even been blamed for the break up of the engagment of Betsy Bell and her husband to be Joshua Gardner. Betsy Bell later married her teacher Richard Powell.
Weakened by the Bell Witch after several years. John Bell became sick with what was believed to be a stroke. On Dec. 19 John failed to wake up. The family said it was an unnatural sleep. John Bells son John Jr. went to get his fathers medicine. Only to find it missing. In it's place was a odd Vial of medicine. The Doctor was called to come to John Bells aide. When the Doctor got to the home, the Bell Witch began saying that she had replaced the medicine in the cabinet and had given poor John Bell a dose of it as he lay sleeping. The vial of medicine was tested on a cat and found to be extremly poisonous. The cat died in a matter of minutes. John Bell Died on Dec 20. The Bell witch was quiet untill after the funeral. Once the gave was covered the Bell Witch began to sing really loud and with joy. This went on untill all the members of the funeral had left the site. The Bell Witch left the Bell family home in 1821 telling them she would return in seven years. Seven years later she did return to John Bell Jr. She told him of predictions of future events that would come to pass. She told him of the Civil War, and of World War I and World War II. The entity said it would return 107 years later. Which would have been in the year 1935. None of the family ever came forward to claim that she returned.
Some people say that the Bell farm and the Bell Witch cave is still haunted by the spirit known as the Bell Witch. Many local and paranormal groups claim they have seen strange apparitions in the cave and on the property. There is a book of paranoraml pictures at the booth of the Bell Witch Cave Tour. Every Halloween a special tour is hosted by the owners of the cave and land. . There is also a movie coming out it can be found at www.bellwitchthemovie.com