(Photo: Tennessee Dept of Tourist Development)
Bell Witch Cave (Adams, Tennessee)
In the rural countryside, an hour's drive north of Nashville, is the site of a haunting that began tormenting farmer John Bell and his family in 1817. As the legend goes, the witch spirit made daily appearances to plague the family, especially John and his young daughter, with violence that left bruises. Strange incidents on the farm and in the property's cave still occur. Malfunctioning cameras, menacing voices, vapors, and elusive faces occasionally interrupt cave tours.
Get creeped: Prep for the visit by renting An American Haunting (2005), which was loosely based on the legend. Book a daytime cave tour or a haunted nighttime tour that also includes a look at the replica cabin with artifacts. A bit campy, but undeniably eerie, is the Haunted Hearse Tour of the city's dark side via a retired hearse.