cut short.... Sudden, violent death.... Unfinished business.
All reasons spirits remain behind. But sometimes it's an entirely
different reason: folks get so attached to their homes that they just can't bear
to leave...even after they die.
Franklin seems to
be full of both kinds. We've got departed socialites,
spies, businessmen, Confederate soldiers, and at least one dog, all roaming downtown, and we spend an
interesting hour and a half with them
on this tour.
several appear lonely, and one seems to be afraid of the dark.
$18 adults; $10 teens, $5 children. This tour covers
about six city blocks.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Most of this
tour is wheelchair accessible.
The Haunted Franklin tour is offered
evening at 8:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Tours sell out so reserve early. Please call
to make your reservation.
tour meets at 305 Public Square,
which is in front of the old courthouse
on the public square at Main
Street and 3rd Avenue, next to
Please plan to arrive ten minutes before the start of your tour
Now for the
rest of the story...
I wrote Ghosts of
Franklin, Tennessee's Most Haunted Town in 2008 after being asked to
do so for years. Folks
who came on the ghost tour wanted more. I diligently researched
the history behind the stories as well
as the stories themselves. Nearly all of my sources allowed their real
names to be used--the few that didn't seemed worried about repercussions
from friends and family. None of the witnesses were professional ghost
hunters. Some disbelieved in ghosts. One man said, "I don't actually
believe in ghosts...but I saw one. I hope never to see another one."
Stories you'll hear on
your tour are included, but there are many others. Accounts come from all
over Franklin, including Carnton Plantation, Clouston Hall, Lotz House,
O'More College and many more haunted locales around Franklin. Chapters
include The Original Steel Magnolia, A Great Place to Live, What's
With Third Avenue, Anyway? A Scandal Involving a President and
Woman, It Was Not a Bed of Roses, The Party House (new in 2011),
A Spirited Main Street, No Place on Earth They'd Rather Be, Bloody
Franklin, She Watches Still, and The Final Resting Place. The
book includes over 65 historic and current photos, including the ghost
of the little girl in the window at Carnton Plantation that can be
seen on the cover.
Regularly priced at
$19.95, you can get a signed copy of your book at the time of your tour
for a special price. Just ask your tour guide!
an internet review:
"This book, written by one
of the founders of the Franklin on Foot historical walking tours in
Franklin, TN, made me very much want to visit Historic Carnton
Plantation in Franklin, where some pretty extensive (and touching) Civil
War hauntings have been witnessed by many employees and visitors and
sensitively documented in this book. There are some wonderful first-hand
accounts of hauntings in many other Franklin, TN, locations included
here as well, but the author worked at Carnton so the stories she
recounts of it especially resonate.
What's impressive about this book is that the author actually
interviewed and directly quotes the witnesses who experienced the
hauntings, and also provides plenty of background information about the
houses, shops, etc., in which the hauntings occurred. Her approach
really draws the reader into these accounts, and makes for a very
If you love (as I do) to read true ghost stories but have been
disappointed by too many books that purport to be collections of same
but turn out to only repeat vague, third-hand legends collected from
older books with no actual personal experiences involved, I urge you to
pick up this book. It's truly one of the best I've read in this genre."
Ghosts of Franklin
is trade paperback, 181 pages. Signed copies are also available for
purchase at Landmark Booksellers, Puckett's Restaurant, Clouston Hall/Gallery 202, Lotz House,
Heirloom Shop, Antiques at the Factory and Carnton Plantation in
Franklin and The Olde Curiosity Book Shoppe in Columbia.