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Adams, Tennessee

Allegedly, a set of railroad tracks in the town is also haunted. The locals say a man was decapitated during a freak accident while at work. It is said that if one goes there at night, the man can be seen walking around looking for his head.

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Cedric says:

November 16, 2005, 8:17 pm

Hauntings? Right. Sure.
Two sites for those that are interested. and
Don’t fall for tall stories. Insist on some hard evidence.

Krys says:

April 5, 2006, 8:44 pm

How do you know this story

chris says:

April 6, 2006, 2:46 pm


erika says:

July 24, 2006, 12:35 am

okay guys for ur info i used to live in adams for 5 years!!! and we were living on john bells property and doors would close on their own and in some parts of the house were very cold! and the tracks are in an old town near stuards store….and the bell witch cave ive never been but my friend shala has she took a rock and her bed lifted up at nights and she had bad luck for years until she returned it so yea i know this stuff and there is also this one white small house with a tree in front of the house in front of the entrance to the cave where this family lived there for 3 days and moved out because they were haunted and one child was killed the 1st night! so id beware if i were u just e-mail me for any questions at thanks luv erika*muah*

smith says:

September 27, 2006, 1:42 pm

this story is actually form chapel hill tn. beleive me i lived there

jUStiN says:

October 2, 2006, 7:36 pm


whitney says:

October 4, 2006, 9:41 am

this is in chapel hill, not adams.

Corie says:

October 4, 2006, 12:07 pm

I think every town with railroad tracks have nearly the same story.

Deb says:

October 15, 2006, 10:11 am

The headless railroad worker has been seen in EVERY state in the Country, but like 2 other posts, it was told to me, by my Dad, that he is seen more often in NC


October 26, 2006, 6:40 pm

I live in Jackson,TN. I have heard every ghost story that is known around here. The only railroad story I have heard is the one of the little slave boy named “Tobey” who (according to locals) haunts the railroad tracks down in the Hatchett Bottom close to Beech Bluff. It is said that after leaving the cotton field when the sun was setting he lit his latern making his way up the railroad tracks to his masters home. His foot got stuck and he was killed by a train. I have been down there before along with 6 friends, and we parked with the railroad tracks very much in sight and sat for about 2 mins. Then from what seemed like the end of th railroad tracks we saw a glowing yellow light that was flickering. It kept getting closer and closer and we left. I was scared half to death…….

James says:

October 31, 2006, 8:57 am

this story is a complete crock. I was born in Springfield, I have lived pretty much all of my 28 years in Adams, and when i was a teenager we heard this once. I tried sitting on the tracks at night during all sorts of weather conditions at all different times of the year, alone and as an excuse to make out with my girlfriends, etc etc, and when I was a little older I tried investigating the actual story…and I can find nothing about anyone dying on these tracks in a freak accident until a few years ago a local young man was killed on them. his death is the reason the brush surrounding the crossing is now cleared away.
and BTW, it turns out that there are multiple headless railway worker ghost stories for pretty much every town with a railroad crossing in every state.

chance says:

October 31, 2006, 9:45 pm

yes its true only thing is i have seen and have been told by many since i have lived here for all 28 years of my life in robertson county. and the only thing is it was due to a rail road accident. a co worker is said to be seen holding a lantern looking for the co worker that woorked for the rail road the body was never found but the co worker is seen to this day still searching. i have seen the lite . look the the left at theat the crossing .as it waves from side to side and up and down its all true any one who has lived here for any lenth of time all knowes it come on all of us have went there been out haveing a beer and rode to the tracks to look

TommyHighway says:

December 9, 2006, 4:53 pm

Two of my friends and myself actually investigated this story, after hearing many conflicting versions of the Chapel Hill, TN. ghost (not Adams, we investigated there also, although access to the Bell property, cemetery, and the CAVE is EXTREMELY limited). If you drive to the top of the small overpass heading East then turn around and park on the overpass facing West and look approx. 300-500 yds. down the tracks (looking south) there is MOST DEFINETLY a light (reddish in color) that appears to be swing, and often darting left to right. We attempted to investigate further, however law enforcement was growing quickly suspisious of our “investigation”. Considering most of the idiots and thrill seekers that screw most things up for all of us and the fact that it was well past 1 a.m. we thought it best to be on our way. We did howerver drive 8-10 miles back to the south on the main highway through Chapel Hill thinking that the “darting red lights” we saw “could” have been tail lights from vehicles possibly moving along an overpass or in close proximity to the RR track. HOWEVER….

TommyHighway says:

December 9, 2006, 5:04 pm

…We drove (easily) 5-6 miles before we even found ONE street headed back in the direction of the RR tracks and when we drove down it to see if we could see our previous position back (north) up the RR tracks (on the bridge we were parked on and originally saw the lights) we were very VERY surprised to discover this one and only road went UNDER the RR tracks NOT OVER. It would have been impossible for us to see tailights from that distance and darkness, plus if it was tailights we were seeing the vehicles they were on would have been traveling at a tremdous and unusual high rate of speed for that time of night and in a rural area. Tailights are NOT what we were seeing…. And we were easily 45 miles away from the closest Interstate or Freeway. So, to this day I have NO GOOD EXPLANATION for what we saw and videotaped???????????????? It is worth checking out, just be fore-warned John Q. Law is in full force after dark….and they’d love to catch some pretty folk (dudes or chicks) out alone after midnight in the backwoods country *** country……..ever see “Deliverance”??????
good luck

Skillet says:

December 10, 2006, 12:34 pm

This is not Adams,TN this is in Chapel Hill, Tn. I was with Tommy Highway and his comments are correct. We saw some lights from a distance and went up the road to investigate and saw that there was a overpass that could have been where the lights were comeing from. but it was to far away. We could never explain the lights we saw and videotaped. skillet

Rob says:

December 15, 2006, 4:52 pm

This is actually in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, a little town outside of Columbia.

Years ago, so many people were coming to see this phenominon that the local authorities had to close off the area with a gate. I have been there several times as a teen and saw the light (a light would precede the train, them jump to the side until the train passed, then jump back on the track and follow the train). One year, some scientists came to study and observe. It was determined that some materials in the gound in combination with friction from the train rolling on the tracks caused some type of chemical reaction or something. Whatever the reason, it was a spooky sight to see.

ashley says:

March 20, 2007, 10:03 am

thats very scary and i would not want to be there
by myself.

ashlyn says:

July 29, 2007, 5:54 pm

Ok that story is creepy.When it comes to scary stuff I’m all for it until it gets really scary.I love hearing scary stories.I’m only 13 anyways.

jen says:

August 19, 2007, 9:31 pm

My mom grew up in Chapel Hill,TN.It used to be named Doolittle,TN. She does not believe in ghosts at all,but she told me that her and her friends went to the railroad tracks to hang out when she was a teenager.She and her friends witnessed a small ball of light coming quickly towards them.Everyone ran but her.The light came right in front of her and dissolved into darkness before she finally bolted.I guess she was frozen in fear.After that she still did not believe in ghosts but found that there are some things we just cannot explain in life.

whitney says:

September 11, 2007, 12:28 pm

we have railroad tracks in my town and we dont have the same stroy as every other town………………

KSn says:

October 12, 2007, 3:47 pm

this is in chapill hill tn!!!!!!!!!!!

Baby C says:

October 26, 2007, 5:01 pm

Now that is scary, but sad though and if I ever go there at night and see that, I just might… i don’t know what I’ll do, to be real.

tara says:

November 26, 2007, 3:20 pm

how do you look for your head when thats where your eyes are? wouldn’t you be looking for your body? anyhow.. never heard that. thats interesting

Kristie Walden says:

February 12, 2008, 4:01 pm

My uncle use to live in Murfreesboro,TN and he said the same thing but if your car goes across it then your car will break down in the middle and you can hear the train but there’s not one coming, and then you can see a light go side to side and its the man that is headless.

jen says:

April 22, 2008, 8:42 pm


jennifer says:

August 9, 2008, 2:41 pm

hey. i live in cookeville tn and that is were the story is from and its crazy goarge. he was said to have lost his head while at work so some of you had part of it right. and yes if one drives out late at night on the brige its said that you will see his goast wondering around down there in dark on the tracks looking for his head. if you dont belive me that it cookeville tn then buy the book tennessee hauntings.

brookie says:

August 19, 2008, 11:36 pm

it is in adams, tn not chapel hill, i have done my research and been there myself. it was a very scary sight….especially when ur truck breaks down on the tracks bc some dumbass wanted to park on the tracks and then it wouldnt start again……needless to say it was here in adams and oh yea we got the truck pushed off the tracks just in time.

Jef says:

August 30, 2008, 10:01 am

Yes, that is The Chapel Hill light you re referring to. That has been debunked. It is only reflections from car headlights. This story is not true

jef says:

August 30, 2008, 10:15 am

chad - chucky says:

September 24, 2008, 8:37 pm


lisa says:

October 23, 2008, 11:35 pm

true I live in the adams/cedarhill area and its creepy sometimes but all in all its a great town and usually the ghost/spirits don’t bother anyone. but its freaky when you see it all for yourself believe me

Mitchell says:

November 13, 2008, 2:35 am

i stop at the stuards store every night getting a drink from the vending machines. i’ve heard about the bell witch ****. i’m not saying anything negative about the towns folklore. but i believe its all ****. i normally go through adams around 1130 or 12 and nothing spetacular goes on except for some cops sitting at the old school or buy the old paintball course picking off speeders. i want hard evidence that the bell witch is real.

Jeffrey says:

May 23, 2009, 8:24 pm

My dad has told me about this a few times…
He actually went and looked at it when he was a teenager in highschool with some friends and saw nothing.

Ashley S. says:

August 26, 2009, 8:22 pm

“Tobey” can supposedly be seen on the railroad tracks near the Hatchie Bottom behind the cotton gin in Mercer, not Beech Bluff. I have been twice and never saw anything. There are gates up now with a No Trespassing sign.

Taylor says:

March 27, 2010, 9:05 pm

ohh dam creppy

araceli says:

April 13, 2010, 5:53 pm

okiis now dhis is creeppiiee…idk wat to saii..but if its true thats scaryye

samantha says:

September 20, 2011, 7:57 pm

yep i use to live there i saw a ghost something like tht i looked and it looked back at me and vanished i was out of there no lie

Harley says:

October 3, 2011, 2:58 pm

This is actually in Flintville, TN. Or, there is also a VERY similar ghost story. It goes, a train was going by when a young man was walking home & something caught his head and chopped it clean off. If you go there at night, you can see him holding a lantern, looking for his head… Trust me, me & a big group of friends saw it… CREEEPY!

Pam says:

October 4, 2011, 10:26 am

This is about Chapel Hill. My Dad told me about the light when I was a little girl and said that him and his friends went down there and saw it when they were teenagers he said one of his friends would not get out of the car until his mama turned the porch light on and even when she did that my daddy said that he booked it into his house!! LOL When I got older I told him I wanted to go see it I didn’t believe it! He took me and I DID see it. It came right towards us! I wanted to run but he said stay here and watch this! My heart pounded and my body felt numb as the light came closer and closer! When it got directly in front of us it disappeared and then when I turned around it was directly behind us!! KREEPY I know but I have saw it!!Then he acted like the truck wouldn’t start when we were ready to leave (We parked it right on the railroad tracks) but that was him messing with me!! I have no desire to go back!! I was so FREAKED OUT!!

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