The Featherbed Ghost

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Haunted Houses

Dances were a common fixture of Appalachian life well into the early Dances were a common fixture of Appalachian life well into the early Twentieth Century. They were a form of entertainment, as well as a public forum to discuss community events and efforts. Everyone danced, feasted, and sang until well after midnight. Entire families […]

Rawhead and Bloody Bones

This figure was once common in cautionary nursery tales, used to keep children from being naughty. If a child didn’t behave, legend said “Rawhead and Bloody Bones,” would come and take them. The legend was prevalent in the Appalachians throughout the early 1900s, however eventually faded into oblivion. While not nearly as obscure as North […]

Bill Beaver, Old Nance, and Old Sugarmouth

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Poltergeists and "Witches"

Old Nance was featured in a few old books, such as Spirit of the Mountains, by Emma B. Miles. This little known haunting is remarkably and uncannily similar to the Bell Witch episode on the other side of the state. We’re left wondering how such contrasting public sentiments came from the same era, in the […]

The Trials of Betsy Bell

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Bell Witch

The Trials of Betsy Bell is a little-known song that once appeared in Southern Lyrics, a book published in 1907. The song is noted as being written in July of 1906, but there is no information on the writer. ‘Tis scarcely yet one hundred years Since came and went the things I tell, Since lived […]

Bell Witch Revelations & Rumors

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Bell Witch

This final article on the Bell Witch addresses many revelations and rumors that have since surfaced. Nearly two centuries have passed since these events and countless legends have developed since. It’s impossible to gather them all, and even more difficult to find the necessary history on each theory to include it. These are the most […]

Sugarmouth and the Johnson Family

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Bell Witch

James Johnson, or “Old Sugarmouth,” became a central figure in Bell Witch history, almost as much as Betsy’s siblings were. His sons, John and Calvin, were said to have caught Powell in the middle of something dubious. This story has been passed down through Johnson’s descendants, but has not been published in any known works. […]

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