It’s spooky season, so if you’re looking for a good scare, check out this list of local staples that are sure to give you a fright.
Austin Peay State University, Trahern Theater
This location is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Margaret! Students have reported many encounters with this unfortunate spirit, which involve elevator malfunctions, locked doors, banging lockers, and a creepy calling out of visitors’ names. Any mishap which occurs in the theater is attributed to Margaret’s activities
This location, as well as a nearby house, is haunted by the ghost of a slave who is looking for his child. Some people have even reported seeing a strange greenish light around the house.
Smith Trahern Mansion
This house overlooking the Cumberland River is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mrs. Smith, a riverboat captain’s wife. During her life, she frequently would sit on the balcony, awaiting his return. He was tragically killed in an accident on the river. Mrs. Smith is now sometimes seen on moonlit nights, keeping an eternal vigil.
A ghost has supposedly been spotted walking along a hallway of the first floor, minus his legs below thigh level.
Palmyra, Headless Statues
This haunting occurs near the former location of headless statues, now removed. The ghost’s name is E.T. Wickham, and he used to reside in a nearby cabin, currently in ruins. Strange noises have sometimes been heard in the area.
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