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Rocker by the Tracks

Cordova, Alabama

Inside this white house, adjacent to the railroad tracks, a rocking chair is said to rock back and forth on its own in an upstairs corner. Footsteps have also been heard on the stairs.

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gina says:

October 8, 2005, 3:09 pm

i have heard about this…my friend said he went to this and he did see it…it freaked him out….Dora,Al

Lee says:

December 9, 2005, 10:45 pm

Can anyone give me directions to this place.

nicole says:

February 9, 2006, 9:57 pm

please tell me where this place is! i want to see it with my own 2 eyes! that is very weird and scary and spooky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emile says:

March 29, 2006, 4:32 pm

ok my grandfather used to love to tell stories when I was young and I just used to go along with them letting him have his fun sometimes it would scare me cause I thought so to but I was young he passed away dec.28 and that weekend I spent in Montgomery with I found out the truth :: He told me that the houses in our neighborhood was built on top of a cemetry that was true My grandmother and mom got dog after the two oldest kids moved out(my aunt then my uncle duh Em) Anyway they got this little thing of a dog and some way or another came up with the name Mr.French (don’t ask me why I wasn’t alive) and that dog hated my grandfather they were mean to each other for a long time as happens to everyone and everything the dog died well they buried it… in the backyard! Well shortly after Mr.French died you could hear the dog cruzin down the hallway and the master bedroom door(see Mr.French would sleep at the foot of the bed until my grandfather would come back from one of his trips and kick him out) but everyone in the house could hear it at night but the only one who seemed to mind the nightly routine be carried on was him! So often in the mornings my mother and grandmother would pick at him seeing as how he had a lousy night saying things like,”It sounded like Mr.French was running the halls all night!” or “Nelson, I told you not to kick that dog all the time! He’s coming back to get you now” But the truth is long after the dog went you could hear him run the hall push the door open with his paws and then shortly after come out like he was being kicked out all over again and then run the halls for awhile. Call it weird or lame don’t matter cause I know now that it’s true it no longer happens in the house but unless Nelson(my grandfather) said his sorries then I guess that they’ll be carrying this on somewhere else!!!

Emile says:

March 29, 2006, 4:38 pm

sorry for so many typeos I was tring to type fast which I’m not very good at Nelson passed Dec.28 2005 and I spent the following week with family of course

And Imeant to say the master bedroom door OPEN!

chris says:

April 6, 2006, 2:34 pm

THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John says:

April 27, 2006, 8:31 pm

What cemetery was the neighborhood built upon? Was it a small family cemetery? Or was it a vast, town/local/church cemetery?

Kelly says:

May 23, 2006, 10:33 am

I am from Alabama and i haven’t heard about this one yet and Cordova is realy close to me. Tell me the place and i will check it out myself!!

Sia Nyteblade says:

June 6, 2006, 2:04 pm

very interesting indeed…Road trip anyone?

John Watson says:

June 24, 2006, 9:44 am

This is really of interest to me since I recently bought a white house adjacent to the railroad tracks. I know very little about the house I bought. It is two story built in 1910. If anyone could give me any more info please email me @

Snake says:

July 6, 2006, 10:27 am

So, what’s the story behind this rocking chair?

Fatima says:

August 11, 2006, 4:45 pm

I am from Parrish, and I have never heard this story. However, I have often heard a story about a woman throwing her three children over the bridge, and you can hear them playing at night. This bridge is on the road from Dora to Cordova right before you get to the stop sign, if you turn left you can go towards Parrish or if you turn right you will be going towards 78 or Sipsey.

angel says:

August 16, 2006, 5:09 am

wats the story

MTpromises says:

September 17, 2006, 4:41 am

Was there mention of railraod tracks nearby?
That could be the answer to the mysterious rocking

TAYLOR says:

October 27, 2006, 12:48 pm

I am from Jasper, Al and I have never heard about the rocker. It does not sound that scary to me. What sounds scary to me is Tear Drop in Carbon Hill. It is in the shape of a tear drop and if you drive around it (i think 3 times) and get out of your vehicle and stand at this tree someone will come up and grab you. There is this other place in Jasper that is very scary. It is kinda in West Jasper at an old train trussell. The story is that this lady was running from someone on the train tracks and sliped and fell from them. If you go to that spot at the time she fell you can her her screaming and then you see her fall. * IF ANYONE KNOWS THE REST OF THE STORY PLEASE CORRECT ME! *

Tom says:

October 29, 2006, 11:38 pm

I have been to Alabama and have heard this same story I now live in Oregon. We have the same story here. I have seen it with my own eyes. I am planning to go back to Alabama so can some one please tell me how to get there so I can see if it is the same story.

Carly says:

December 16, 2006, 11:24 am

They Probably just put stiff tp make things look real but are not. They are just trying to make money off of us!

Carly says:

December 16, 2006, 11:25 am

They Probably just make stuff up to try and make people come and see it. They might put lights for the foot steps and have the rocking chairs atomatic. so ya dont believe everything you hear!

I am a Dog lover, but... says:

December 21, 2006, 10:31 pm

Dog’s don’t have souls, therefore when dogs die, as much as I don’t like it, they just die…that’s it, good bye to the dog…they do not turn into ghosts.

Ashton says:

January 4, 2007, 12:34 am

Is this true? I’m very interested in this type of stuff. Ineed to go there if it is.

eva riddle says:

January 4, 2007, 11:45 pm

i hope i go there soon maybe illl invite my friends and go there one night and stay at my brothers and go when its like 1or2 and see if anything happens also im frome al, and i love this stuff and alot of things have happened to me wish i share no but its something ill always remember cause i have scars..and i think anyone that dont think this is serious well once you have got something bad done to you misteriouly youll never wanna say i dont believe..well talk to you guys later..eva

Amber says:

March 9, 2007, 1:57 am

ok, i live in cordova and i have my whole life… and i have heard many many stories about haunted houses, and i have never heard about this one. as a matter of fact i dont even know of a white house near the railroad tracks and i live next to them.

Brandon says:

June 15, 2007, 2:05 am

I have been to many so called haunted houses and places and I have yet to see any of theese sightings. But I do believe that there are demons that can be there causing theese sightings but there are no such things as ghosts people do not come back after they are dead they go to heaven ot hell.

mike says:

June 20, 2007, 4:51 am


pumpkin says:

July 5, 2007, 11:42 am

this story is cool. once this ghost in my house in a wheelchair was looking at me it was spooky. it was in new jersey where i live though. has anyone heard of sndney lou if so email me please. la ya all !

Ut says:

October 19, 2007, 9:44 am

Greetings feelow Ghost Hunters. The Deadman here. A few years back, a couple of friends and I stumbled upon this place by accident. It is along the railroad tracks out damn near in the middle of nowhere. We have been known to track down a few places and investigate for years, but that particular night…we came unprepared…We left the house intrigued, but never found our way back. Would love to go back. If anyone is actually interested (for fun or for a more scientific approach) please E-MAIL me back. Would love to re-unite or start up another group of Ghost Hunters…If interested let me know:)

Ut says:

October 19, 2007, 9:45 am

jami says:

October 26, 2007, 12:21 pm

Unfortunately this house was torn down 3 or 4 years ago. Before it was, 3 girlfriends and I went into this house. It was really bizarre. The house was knee-full with things from early to mid 1900’s such as magazines, papers, old checks, and oddly enough bunches of old typewriters. There was a housefull of antique furniture(including the rocker by the upstairs window). While we were in the house we didn’t actually see anything per se, but we all had a sick feeling that something horrible and evil had occured there. Though we were in quite a hurry to leave, I did manage to get a couple pics and an old local phone book. When we first took these things they smelled old of course but that is all, later we had to throw the things away because they were making my car smell like the smell of death. It was severe enough of a smell(like decayed roadkill)that my car had to be aired for two days just to drive it.

Ut says:

November 5, 2007, 11:13 am

Interesting Story…it has been a few years since we ventured out that direction…So they tore it down…that blows. Would have like to have gone back.

Melissa says:

November 9, 2007, 11:53 pm

I know where the house is that you are talking about, I acutally had the mother & son as patients in the local Nursing Home. As far as I know, nothing like a killing or anything like that happened there. I do know that the husband was mean to the mother & son and eventually left them for another woman and moved to Tennessee and started a new family there. The little lady who lived there was a precious woman, but the son was very strange and was obssesive compulsive about germs(imagine that!). He did collect old magazines, newspapers, ect. & oddly enough, typewriters and even had a large amount of the typewriters with him when he was living at the local Nursing Home. As far as I know, he is still living, where, I don’t know. As for his sweet little mother, she passed away in 2003 I believe. She was a precious, precious lady. I live in Cordova and the house actually needed to be torn down because it was condemed at the time the son was still living there. Their last name is all I will tell you, and it is Aaron.

kristine says:

December 4, 2007, 4:29 pm

Me and my friends check out places like this and we would love to go there, but how do you get there? can anyone tell me?

KelseyRayne says:

December 21, 2007, 11:35 am

i`ve seen that house many times and have seenthe tracks for the railroad the house looks scary but when i lived in cordova my friends told me someone lives there i`m not sure but it does look freaky
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Johnny says:

February 18, 2008, 2:14 pm

This house was built in the late 1800s. But we believe some body had died there.We went in there there was alot of detail and noises to prove that it was haunted.We did see some faces on the second floor. But when we left that same window that we saw that face the curtain started to shift from up down and then back again really quickly. But really thats all I know.

Sara says:

March 25, 2008, 4:34 pm

I think it was very scary to hear about a chair rocking when you think no one is in it but a ghost is in the chair. Some people might even tear it down from all the scary things that have been happening! And I don’t understand why people pretend there was a ghost in their house! One person wrote there was a ghost that grabbed my but, but someone actually wrote it in a bad word. I don’t like hearing that because I’m 10 years old for crying out loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lynn says:

May 10, 2008, 6:05 pm

I live across the street from where this house once stood.It burnt to the ground in 2001,I went and took pic’s of the remains for the son, it is true that Mrs.Aaron and her son were both in the nursing home,she passed in 2004 from cancer and her son was moved to a different home soon after.The house was not haunted her son was hit by a train on the tracks infront of the house when he was around 11,his father and grandfather were very prominent men in our community the family built the house as a statement to that in the late 1800’s.After the grandfather and father passed only the son and his mother were left, it had no running water,no heat,and the electricail was from the 1920’s that didn’t work,after the son was hit on the tracks he suffered major brain damage,which left him with several cumpolsive disorders[hording things being one of them].The rocking chair in the window was in the son’s room where he spent 90% of his time looking out at a world he doesn’t understand;with no electric and no lights at night a new haunted house was born.As I said before the house is gone believed to have been burnt down by careless kids at play,it was home to a pack of dogs at the time and that may have been the nasty smell on everything.Sorry to all the ghost hunters,no ghost here.

PD says:

June 5, 2008, 6:49 pm

I’ve never heard this story before, and my family is from Cordova. My mother lives there now. I know of many places in the area that are reportedly haunted, and I have had many very personal experiences myself. Does anyone remember the old Indian Head Mills that stood in the middle of town beside the railroad tracks? There are countless old mill houses that have stood for almost 100 years, and so many residences are haunted. Jasper has several haunted locations, as well as other sites around Walker County. If you are interested in any stories, let me know and I’ll be glad to share them with you all.

Kasper says:

July 11, 2008, 11:02 am

Dogs dont have souls, what kind of **** is that? (No offence meant here). Every living breathing creature on earth has a soul.. They arent mechanical, nor a rock or a tree..

PD says:

August 22, 2008, 11:56 am

Kasper, I agree with you. They should look up the story of Poogan’s Porch in South Carolina. That place has been investigated by professional ghost hunters, and it has been chronicled in several books & on TV shows. Back to Cordova, I would like to hear from someone who knows about the old hotel there. I think it was the “Tallulah Hotel” if I’m not mistaken. It was still open in the early 1970’s, and I got to see the inside when I was a young child. Checkerboard tile floors, tall ceilings with long black ceiling fans and high balcony… Very plain, stark early 1900’s decor. It is said to be haunted. My relatives who live there have seen lights in the windows as well as a face that periodically peeks out. They’ve also seen shadowy figures of people walking past. I want to find out when the hotel was built, who built it, and just any information I can get my hands on. Please contact me at

Hillbilly says:

September 2, 2008, 11:52 pm

I just found a house in Cordova that just came up for sale and have been told by the current owner that it is haunted but by “friendly” ghosts. The real estate agent refuses to go in the house. I am wondering if there is any substantiation to all this. It is a 3 story all brick house built in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s up on top of a hill just down the street from the fire station. It also has like a “maids quarters” behind it. If anybody has any stories on this place I would love to hear them. Thnx.

katy says:

October 4, 2008, 10:34 pm

at my old house in bentonvile, me and my sister always saw shadows on our closet it is a 2 story house and i was looking down out of my window and there was a shadow from the room below me. freaked me out!!

egiap says:

November 4, 2008, 3:48 pm

this stuff sounds stupid and intersesting at the same time but i think you people are very stupid because you keep spelling stuff totally wrong, im mean seriously people get an education!!!!!!!!

JoshW says:

November 10, 2008, 2:28 am

Im josh, i live right in front of the 3 story house that your talkn about..I heard the same story, he said there son was killed on the tracks in front of the house..He said that he had ghost hunters to check it out and they told him they hda the most paranormal sites they ever had encountered in the state of alabama..but imma check it out one night I get a chance and ill let you knw what happens..And for the indian mills, ive been in them and nothin strange evr happend..And the hotel in cordova, people sneak in there all the time, and ive been in there also, and nothin strange there either

Catherine Ramsey says:

February 10, 2009, 12:53 am

I know there are dog ghosts, because we’ve got one now. My roommate and I have been in the house with all of our dogs nowhere near the backdoor, and both of us will hear somebody scratch at the door. When we open it, there’s nobody there. We’ve even heard it while outside in the backyard with all the dogs out there with us. We suspect it’s one of our former dogs, Duchess, called Dutchy for short, who’s doing the scratching, but we don’t know that for sure. The only thing we know for sure is that we clearly hear somebody scratching at the back door and there’s no dog there when we go to let them in. We’ve even gotten into the habit of greeting her with, “Well, come on in, Dutchy.”

Brittnee says:

March 13, 2009, 4:07 pm

i would like to knw more about these stories and haunted places!some of these stories caught my attention.

ty says:

April 16, 2009, 1:21 am

i heard this story before in the town i stayed in its similar but there was no train that hit the bus or children but this situation has happened in almost each town i read about.

Aaron says:

July 1, 2009, 4:04 pm

hello every one i live in alabama and my moms friend is friends with the owner of that house it was built i the ealry 1900’s and its for sale. A family used to live there and they had 3 kids one of there kids got ran over by a train his legs were sliced off and then it became haunted by the dad

Brandy Dawkins says:

November 4, 2009, 6:56 pm

I have lived in Cordova Alabama all my life. (downtown cordova to be exact) and i have never heard of this before now i think some one has made it up because there are only two white houses around the railroad tracks on that i live in now and the other doesnt pourch on it anywhere

Teresa Thomas says:

December 11, 2009, 5:43 am

I’ve also lived in Cordova most of my life and haven’t heard that story about the rocking chair. I also lived up the hill from the fire station and don’t know of a 3 story brick house. But I do know that Indian head Mills is destoryed and can b dangerous. Also the Talloola Bankhead Hotel is soon to be demolished as well. Which is a shame because there is so much history there. There is a book at Waldens and Books a Million having to do with Walker Co. that has pics of the hotel in it’s prime. Now u want to talk haunted? Try easley or boshell cemetary. We got awsome pics and evps. In one evp you hear. “don’t touch me!” but it’s closer to carbon hill.

Jamie says:

December 24, 2009, 6:07 am

I think that old house was destroyed. I went by there ealier this year and it was gone.

Lisa says:

March 10, 2010, 12:31 am

I grew up in Cordova and never heard of the Rocking Chair or Bridge incident. Many yaers ago some girls died in a car wreck of that bridge.

Paige says:

March 14, 2010, 1:37 am

This kind of stuff is so interesting to me…but I have also been to this one place in Brilliant Al, it was so creepy, back when people were really bad racist they had hung this black man over an old little country road so that everyone could see what they had done…they left him hanging there until the roap broke and the man fell right there in the middle of the road, noone bothered to bury him or remove his body so the man just layed there to rot,it was horrible but every since then no matter what, day or night there is a dark spot in the shape of a man, in the middle of the road where that poor man layed there and rotted…no joke….i saw it!!!

sammi says:

May 2, 2010, 5:33 pm

i live in Cordova and ive seen the chair rock by itself its REALLY creepy!!!

Azure Luna says:

September 16, 2010, 4:02 pm

i have been trying to find the white house that everyone is scared to go in that i have dreamed of I am hoping this is the one if not i will continue my search as crazy as it seem i visit ghost where they live or take place this doesn’t happen all the time but i am finally wanting to find one to figure out if it’s really happening or not. I’m looking for a white house that is in northern alabama that a family died from the outside it looks as if some one murdered the family but, I know the truth it was the mom and dad there is another ghost but that spirit doesn’t seem to know about the others it was an older woman rocking in her rocking chair. I will continue to look for the house until i can resolve what has happened.

Trent says:

October 15, 2011, 7:20 pm

I’ve been to Cordova and been to this white house. This may seem f**king weird but I did not hear rocking or footsteps on the stairs.

Lezlee says:

March 30, 2012, 3:00 pm

I live in cordova actually very close to the house in refrence. I believe it is haunted. There are alot of houses here i believe to be haunted.

Billy says:

April 22, 2012, 12:14 am

ok then this sounds a little familiar to me right now I AM IN Tennessee but I live in Oakman so if anyone wants to find out what the process is to this paranormal happening then get with me…. Personaly it sounds to me that at some point in time a middle aged woman walked her children to the bridge and threw them over the edge them just being children she probably easaly fooled them into thinking that everything would be ok….She threw them over and walked back home and sat in her rocking chair… contact me if you want videos of it on youtube and i will get them as soon as I can…. and check out my facebook.

Dylan says:

December 3, 2013, 4:06 pm

Y’all think this stuff is fake when actually Cordova is the scariest city in Walker County. Trust me I live there. Where the nursing home is there are apartments. I can never look at those apartments the same after what happened. I also went to the old mill. That was some crazy stuff.

Justin says:

May 10, 2016, 10:27 am

I live near nauvoo & poplar springs if anyone knows about any local haunts and want to go let me

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