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    Experience the beauty of a Tennessee landmark while learning the folklore of America’s most haunted family. 

An American Haunting

No supernatural story in American history is more famous than that of the Bell Witch. In fact, tales of the spirit were so widespread that they caught the attention of a General and future President, Andrew Jackson.

Betsy Bell - Bell Witch Cave, Adams, TennesseeThis “Queen of the Haunted Dell” image is the very famous picture of Betsy Bell , John Bell’s daughter. Betsy was tortured by the Witch for several years of her childhood.

What was the Bell Witch? Like most supernatural stories, certain details vary from version to version. But the prevailing account is that the Bell Witch claimed to be the spirit of Kate Batts, a mean old neighbor of John Bell who believed she was cheated by him in a land purchase. On her deathbed, she swore that she would haunt John Bell and his descendents. The story is picked up by the Guidebook for Tennessee, published in 1933 by the Federal Government’s Works Project Administration.

There are many “ghost” or “haunting” tales in American History and when you investigate the many paranormal events it is hard to overlook the Bell Witch. The human interactions with the spirit date all the way back to 1817.

Over time so many people traveled great distances to visit the Bell’s home that it had to eventually be torn down for safety purposes in the latter part of the 1800’s. The Historic Bell Witch Cave, Inc. has preserved some of the artifacts from the original cabin such as a chimney stone and an iron kettle. You can see these articles along with some other artifacts, news articles and photos from the time John Bell and his family resided on the farm when touring the re-constructed Bell cabin.

The Bell farm is in a secluded area in Adams, Tennessee and it is a very beautiful representation of the state of Tennessee with it’s rolling green hills and farm land. If you are interested in paranormal activity or if you are a history buff then the Bell Witch Cave and Farm will definately not dissapoint. If you like canoeing or kayaking the Red River is a great river to navigate and enjoy the beauty of Tennessee. We would love for you to stop by if you are ever in the area.

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American History – Ghost Hauntings

Former president Andrew Jackson was quoted as saying “I had rather face the entire British Army than to spend another night with the Bell Witch” after he and some of his troops spent a night at the Bell’s farm.

John Bell Jr.

John Bell Jr.

Nov. 17th 1793 – April 18th 1862
Bell School Building

Bell School Building

Just south of the farm.
Bell Witch Cave & Farm Barn

Bell Witch Cave & Farm

The Bell farm is in a secluded area in Adams, TN
Bethel Meeting House - Adams, TN

Bethel Meeting House

The Bell Witch was said to attend a service.
Legend Of The Bell Witch

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