Haunted Trails of Big Ridge
Ghost House Trail
There are several claims of activity involving the Ghost House Trail. The first has to do with Maston Hutchinson’s daughter Mary. Mary’s loved ones claimed to hear her cries coming from the bedroom just hours after she had fallen victim to tuberculosis. People walking near the spot where the house used to stand claim to still hear Mary’s cries. A phantom dog has also been spotted on the trail. This claim dates back to the same night that Mary died. Her family and friends were traveling along the road leading to the where house once stood when a dog appeared out of the woods and crossed the path. Park goers claim to hear the panting of the dog coming from the woods. The final claim about this trail revolves around the family cemetery. Many claim that if you take a picture near the graves you can see the silhouettes of the long dead standing behind them in the picture. The name Ghost House Trail certainly seems to be a fitting name for this trail.
Indian Rock Trail
The trail leads past the spot where Peter Graves was ambushed, scalped and killed by
Native Americans. On many occasions, hikers have claimed to see the mutilated body of Peter walking around the area where he was brutally murdered.
Old Mill Trail
Norton Grist Mill marks the spot where a young girl was hung by her father. She had been accused of being a witch. Her sprit is said haunt the trail that leads to the mill. Not much else is known about this haunting.
The Man in the Woods
On many occasions, park visitors have seen a man walking in the woods far from the nearest trails. This man has been spotted by park rangers, who describe him as being middle-aged and wearing a red flannel shirt and gray work pants. He never speaks, just simply materializes and vanishes with out a trace. No one knows who this man is or if it is even paranormal.
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Helen’s Bridge EVP Sessions
During our trip to Asheville we decided to stop by the infamous Helen’s Bridge. While we where there we conducted several EVP sessions which we intended to post to our YouTube channel. However, upon further review of the sessions we found that they were heavily contaminated with sounds from the near by city and the wind. We have decided not to post these EVP sessions because of the contamination.
When we return to Helen’s Bridge for a full investigation it will be at night, in hopes to reduce the amount of audio contamination. For the full investigation we will be bringing our EMF meter, infrared camera, and the spirit box. The EMF meter should prove to be very useful, we can conduct several different test with it and since there are no power lines above the bridge the results should not be contaminated. If the claims are true about the apparition of girl the infrared camera will help to capture evidence of her existence. We have had a lot of success with the spirit box during our investigations and the results are harder to contaminate than EVP sessions.
If you are interested in checking out Helen’s Bridge for yourself, here is a map to help you find it. The dot on the map is almost the exact location of the bridge. If you follow College St all the way to the end you will eventually cross under the bridge. At the intersection of Vans Gap Rd, Beaucatcher Rd and College St there is a little area to park your car in. From there, their is a little trail that will take you up to the top of the bridge. Hopefully these directions are helpful.
What are EMFs?
If you have ever watched a paranormal show before, you have probably heard the term EMF. EMF stands for Electromagnetic Frequency or Electromagnetic Field. EMFs can come from anything that has an electrical current running through it: (Microwaves, Refrigerators, Power Outlets, Electrical Boxes, etc..). There are also some outside sources of EMFs such as transformers and power lines, which normally generate extremely high EMFs. The stronger the current the stronger the EMF will be. EMFs are measured in milligaus levels. These levels are measured with EMF meters which are essential pieces of equipment for any paranormal group.
Side-effects of High EMFs
Some people are very sensitive to high EMFs. Being sensitive to EMFs can lead to many different side-effects. Such as:
- Burning sensations on your face
- Tingling sensations in your extremities
- Swelling of the sinus cavity, with actually having an infection
- Skin Rashes
- Headaches and body aches
- Impaired Vision
- Emotional Instability
These symptoms are not present in everyone, but they can explain some claims of paranormal activity.
EMFs and the Paranormal
Many experts believe that when a spirit manifests itself it will give off an electromagnetic field. High EMFs can also lead to spirit manifestation. The EMFs generated by spirit manifestations are generally not long and not very high levels, so there normally aren’t any health risk to worry about. It is important that you do an initial EMF sweep of the area that you plan on doing an EMF test in, that way you’ll know if there is anything in the area that can cause a spike.
Legends of Sensabaugh Tunnel
Legends of Sensabaugh Tunnel
Sensabaugh tunnel has been a part of Tennessee folklore for years. Built in the 1920’s in Kingsport, TN and named after the man that owned the land, Edward Sensabaugh. A stream flows around and through the tunnel and the walls are covered in graffiti.
There are several claims of activity in Sensabaugh tunnel. One of the most frequently reported ones is the sound of a crying baby. It is also said that the apparition of a women will appear in the back seat of your car while driving through. Another one of the most common claims of activity, suggests that if you turn your car off when you are in the middle of the tunnel, you will not be able to turn it on again until you push it out of the tunnel. Many tales are in circulation about Edward and how the tunnel became haunted, every one of them differs depending on the source.
The Act of Kindness
Ed once let a homeless man into his house as an act of kindness. Shortly afterwards, the man tried to steal jewelry from Ed’s wife. Ed grabbed a gun and confronted the man. The man grabbed Ed’s infant daughter and ran from the house. It is said the he drowned the baby in the tunnel during his escape.
One tale revolves around Ed being a madman. Legend has it that, one night, Ed went crazy and murdered his wife and child. Ed proceeded to place the bodies inside the tunnel. No one really knows why he snapped.
“Get Out of My Tunnel”
Ed was always very protective of his land. In the 1950’s teenagers started to use the tunnel for many devious things. This upset Ed greatly. So, he started hiding in the woods and when a vandal would show up, he would let out a shrill that would echo through the tunnel. Needless to say this would scare off any unwanted visitors hiding inside.
Shelter from the Storm
One stormy night a mother and her child where driving through Kingsport. As the storm grew worse the mother decided that the roads where no longer safe to travel. When she came upon Sensabaugh Tunnel she stopped. They would not survive the night. The next morning their bodies were discovered inside the car, which was parked in the middle of the tunnel. Nobody knows exactly what happened to cause their sudden deaths or if it is even true.
What we found…
Regardless of the origin story, we visited Sensabaugh Tunnel for an investigation. During the investigation we tested the claim of if you turn your car off in the middle of the tunnel. We tired turning the car off several times, in both directions, and the car always started back. After spending several hours there and having not felt or experienced anything, we concluded the investigation. During the review process, to our amazement we found an EVP that sounds exactly like a baby crying. We hope to visit the tunnel at a later date in hopes that we can prove or debunk some of the other claims of activity.
History of Bethesda Church in Russellville, TN
Constructed in 1835, Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a remnant of the Civil War’s effect on East Tennessee. As the war began, the congregation divided in two: many sided with the Confederacy, though many more still were Union sympathizers. During this period, the church closed its doors. The Battle of Bean Station took place on December 14, 1863. After this historic battle, Confederate General James Longstreet arrived at Bethesda Church with 25,000 men who were stationed on the land until February 1864. During this time, the church served as a hospital. In the cemetery just outside the church doors, over 80 unknown soldiers were buried in mass graves. While some Union soldiers were laid to rest here, most of the unknown dead are presumed to have fought for the Confederacy.
In October, Federal troops pushed closer to the encampment at Bethesda during an engagement known as “Vaughn’s Stampede.” In November, Confederate troops pushed the Union soldiers back west towards Knoxville. This battle is known as “Gillem’s Stampede.” During this push, a cannonball smashed through the eastern wall and caused severe structural damage. The walls were quickly repaired and reinforced with iron bracings and rods that can be seen in the photo to the right. The original pulpit and high-backed pews remain to this day, and the floors lie permanently stained with the blood and disdain of our American predecessors.
As the war ended and soldiers from both sides began to return home, the congregation attempted to compromise and reconvene. Sporadic services dotted the calendars. Between 1866 and 1871, sympathizers of each cause sat in the outer pews, leaving the middle column empty. Eventually, one side left and helped form the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown. The remaining church body stayed through 1875. However, in time, the majority began attending the new Russellville Presbyterian Church.
Bethesda has remained closed since that time, save for a few irregular services held for major Christian holidays such as Easter. Now the building stands to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of our ancestors in East Tennessee. Within its walls and grounds lies the story of a church body that symbolized the civil issues of the time. This once-unified group of people was just another casualty of a war among brothers.
As for potential paranormal activity, many have claimed to see apparitions of restless Confederate soldiers both inside and outside the church. The apparition of a weeping woman has also been seen on the far side of the cemetery. Her cries are often heard late at night. We have also heard reports of a “witch” buried on the grounds near the woods.
We investigated Bethesda Church and the surrounding grounds this past Sunday evening. Check back soon to see what we found!
It’s been a huge week for KPR…
Every night this week, KPR has been meeting and brainstorming about what we can do to take the next step forward, and we’ve got some exciting details to share with you guys.
First up, we’re in the process of ordering some official team T-shirts. If you’d be interested in getting one of your own, please let us know and we’ll try to work something out.
New Investigation Equipment
We also just got some brand new gear to use on our next investigation! We now have two new handheld audio recorders, a mic for better audio quality on some anticipated interviews, an EMF detector, and a temperature gun (which would’ve really been a handy thing to have during our investigation of the Baker-Peter’s house when we all noticed a significant temperature change but had nothing on hand to really prove it).
An Aggressive Entity?
We’ve been recently approached by someone concerned that a harmless spirit that has roamed their building for quite some time is now accompanied by something more malicious. We’ve been asked to investigate, so we set up an interview with Darren Holland, a consultant demonologist, in preparation. We’ll have that interview up on our site in the near future.
Next location is LOCKED DOWN!
…And we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been graciously granted permission to investigate a haunted location in Morristown next weekend. That’s all we can say for now. We’ll reveal more details soon.
And a few surprises left on top of all that…
We have a couple other new pieces of equipment to utilize on our next investigation that we’ll just have to wait to show you! Plus, there are other things in the works that we can’t divulge quite yet. Rest assured, this is going to be a great year for our group! Exciting things to come.
Why do paranormal researchers seem to only investigate at night?
There are actually several reasons for investigating in the dark.
- Human’s other senses are heightened when sight is diminished.
- Less people are out and about at night.
- Many paranormal investigators have day jobs, too.
- Certain paranormal events may occur habitually at a certain time of day.
- Honestly, it does increase the thrill of doing the live investigations in these locations.
Humans’ other senses are heightened when sight is diminished.
This is a scientific fact. Our eyes do adjust somewhat to low-light situations, but our hearing, sense of smell, and all other sensory devices at our disposal become more in-tune with our immediate surroundings. A seasoned investigator will recognize this, and will work diligently to debunk any strange happenings that occur without immediately writing them off as paranormal.
Less people are out and about at night.
This is important because this means less noise pollution from the surrounding population. When a haunted location resides in the middle of a downtown location that is bustling during normal work hours, but calm and quiet at night, you would definitely choose the latter time to investigate it. It makes the whole situation much easier to decipher the paranormal from the explainable.
Many paranormal investigators have day jobs, too.
Sadly, this is just the reality. Investigating the paranormal would ideally be my full-time job, but for many in this passionate community, it is only a fun hobby. Thus, we work during the day and, when we have time, we investigate at night!
Certain paranormal events may occur habitually at a certain time of day.
This is true at night as well. Residual haunts may involve an event, such as a murder or accidental death, that occurred at a specific time of day. These events replay over and over, at or near the same exact time every day (or night), and could be the reason for a team of researchers to choose to visit a location at that time.
Honestly, it does increase the thrill of doing the live investigations in these locations.
As lovers of the spiritual realm, many of us do also enjoy a good scare every now and then. It’s one thing to watch a scary movie about ghosts in the dark, but it’s another altogether to live through a paranormal experience! The thrill of prowling around in the dark and happening upon these experiences is second to none.