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Rotherwood Mansion

Kingsport, Tennessee

Located over the Holston River in Tennessee, this impressive brick mansion was built in 1818 by Rev. Frederick Ross. Since then, it has been plagued with misfortune and death brought on by the old Southern culture.

The first legend, though there are many different versions, centers mainly on the reverendâ??s beloved daughter Rowena. Being a rich plantation owner, he was able to provide her with lavish gifts and an expensive education. His memoir states she was beautiful–petite with black hair and brown eyes. Two years after finishing school, she fell in love with a young man from a neighboring town. However, tragedy struck when he and his friends went fishing in the nearby river the day before the wedding. They hadnâ??t even made it out of Rowenaâ??s sight when the flimsy boat capsized. Some say she witnessed the accident, and ran frantically down to the river. Unfortunately, there was nothing she could do. All the passengers made it safely to shore except for her fiancé, whose body was found an hour later.

Affected deeply by the sudden loss, the beautiful Rowena disappeared from public sight. There are no mentions of where she spent these couple years as a hermit. When she emerged, healed and still eligible, a wealthy man from Knoxville proposed. They had not been married even a year before he died from yellow fever, and Rowena again faded into seclusion. This time it was ten years before she remarried. This led to Rowena giving birth to a daughter, whom she named Theodosia, after her mother.

Six years later, the still unhappy Rowena drowned herself in the same river near her home. Nobody is sure what finally caused this. It may have been that she never fully recovered from previous losses, but other stories claim it was her daughterâ??s death that put Rowena over the edge. Some even say she had heard her first love calling to her from the river. Not long after, Rotherwood became home to â??The Lady In Whiteâ?. The name comes from the long white nightgown she supposedly wears as she strolls along the river holding a lantern, still searching 125 years later.

The reverend also faced misfortune when he became bankrupt trying to break into the cotton market. Faced with little choice, he sold the mansion to an infamous slave owner named Joshua Phipps. The town hated him, as his cruelty caused slaves to scream loud enough for the neighbors to hear. Phipps even went so far as to build a whipping post inside the house. As karma would have it, he fell ill with an awful disease that confined him to bed in his carriage house. A young male servant, whose job was to fan his cruel owner, was the only one to witness Phippsâ?? death. As he was sleeping, an enormous cloud of black flies entered the room. They filled his mouth and nostrils, eventually suffocating the man to death.

Joshua Phippsâ?? reign of terror lasted even after his death, when he joined Rowenaâ??s spirit in the haunting of Rotherwood. Obviously much less polite, he is known to tear covers off beds and laugh at sleeping residents, peer eerily through windows, move objects around, and laugh maniacally through the halls. Scarier yet, an enormous black dog lurks around the property and often howls. The dog is said to be another manifestation of Phipps, first sighted jumping out of his coffin at the funeral and shocking guests. For good reason, Rotherwood is still private residence, and therefore no live visitors are allowed.

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Allyson Ledford says:

January 30, 2006, 7:28 pm

man that is so scary and nasty! i wouldn’t go in that house. Can you belive it could do that?

tommy and courtney says:

April 13, 2006, 11:12 pm

really spooky and interesting

Ashley says:

April 24, 2006, 3:42 pm

I feel sorry for any one who got tricked to buy that place! Now a days you just don’t know.

jake says:

May 8, 2006, 4:20 am

sounds wicked ill have to see it myself

jennie says:

May 11, 2006, 2:05 pm

I have heard a lot about the rotherwood place because I live like 2 miles from it!!!I also heard a different story but I wount get in to that.But I will say that sometimes on dark stormy nights you can hear howling coming from the house.

Lacey says:

May 24, 2006, 6:16 pm

First of all, the city the Rotherwood Mansion is in is Kingsport. Netherland is the name of the road it is on. I’ve lived here all my life and I have never heard that version of the story. I’ve always heard that the woman and her lover were allowed to be together. They were actually getting married. The day before the wedding, he was fishing in the river in front of the mansion and drowned. I don’t remember exactly how she died, but she’s supposed to be haunting the place still. There is also supposed to be the ghost of another owner who lived there later and a large ghost dog. I’m not sure of the details of those, but there is plenty of information and pictures of the mansion on the internet if you look for it.

Destiny says:

June 11, 2006, 12:32 am

That’s still sad about her lover dying and all. But I’ld love to see the ghost dog!

Andy Powell says:

July 9, 2006, 7:45 pm

Lacey — thanks for the correction. I’ve edited the location to reflect the new information.

kim says:

September 4, 2006, 7:48 pm

i have been in that house before renovations took place. it was abandened (sp) at the time and the doors were open. i think all origanal fixtures and stuff was in there. i rem it had old victorian style wall paper and a hudge crystal chandiliar, barefoot claw tubs, and a big spiral staircase, i was too affraid to go up stairs. i was a little girl when my mother took me. it was amazing though, i can see it being haunted by more that one ghosts. i also rem the slave quarters where still on the grounds and had the chains and everything still in it.

sylvia says:

September 22, 2006, 11:49 am

well i was doing research on it and it claims that on there wedding day they were on a boat and it capsized killing him. aand years later she remaried and he died of yellow fever, then 10 years after that she remarried again and had a lil girl and her lil girl died and apparently she killed jer self b/c she could take it ne more

joni brothers says:

October 20, 2006, 11:31 am

This is an interesting story, but growing up in the south, it is just one of our everyday tales.

mindfreak says:

October 27, 2006, 10:28 am

Its as real as it gets i live in kpt and have been spooked several times by this woman. Also worth noting is Sensenball Tunnels(check the spelling of name)

randy shanks says:

October 30, 2006, 5:02 pm

I grew up in kingsport, and the story is partially correct. The young women’s husband to be was drowned during a fishing/boating accident on the day before or the morning of their wedding. The father was ok with the marriage. In fact, the young woman would later marry, but not happy, she hanged herself in the house.

The house was later bought by a man who was said to be cruel and wicked, and upon his death some strange thing happened during the funeral.

The house was used during WWII as a army commanders residents fdor the neighboring Holston defence Corp.

The house has been fully remodeled and is currently owned by a doctor.

Please excuse my spelling and grammer.

Joshua Hubbard says:

October 30, 2006, 7:49 pm

Here is the deal with Rotherwood. The place was built by a man name Fredrick Ross in 1818 before the city was even known as Kingsport(it was actually called Rossville). He had a daughter named Rowena (the lady in white). On her wedding day her mans boat flipped and he drowned. Then 2 years later she married again and that husband died of Yellow fever. Ten years later she married again and had a daughter of her own, which later died and made Rowena commit suicide. Then in 1847 Ross sold the place to a man named Phipps. He was supposed to be an evil man and cruel slave owner who actually had the torture chamber in the house for the slaves. He was nothing though compared to his wife that is rarely mentioned. If he was evil, she was the devil. Phipps died of very unussaul causes (a swarm of flies entered his room and suffocated him, now who the hell dies like that). On the way to bury him the coach holding the casket would not move at all, no matter how many horses they hooked up. then a very large black dog is said to have jumped out of the carriage and run back to Rotherwood, some say it is the hound of hell, which is where the howling comes from. The third ghost is a hard one to say who it would be, but everyone speculates that it is Phipps. Now I have been there countless times to get pictures and stuff and with the evidence I collected I say the hound is the spirit of Phipps and the third and unidentified spirit is of his wife. Overall I would not recommend going out there for just thrill seeking like the cheerleader earlier mentioned. For lack of better terms the place is just evil. From the moment you step on the property you know you are not wanted there. I do not intend to freak anyone out about the place but believe me it is not for the faint of heart. I have several photos that show what people go out there to see and have recordings of the howling. My e mail address is feel free to e mail me and I can send out the pics and such, just dont go up there.

Trish says:

December 6, 2006, 4:39 pm

I live in Cumberland Gap, Tn. I find haunted houses very interested. I grew up in White Pine, Tn and there is a house there that is said to be haunted. A lady was supposed to have baked her baby in the oven of the house, and they say you can hear the baby crying at night. Now I don’t know I have never been to the house myself, but I would love to visit this one. Sounds very interesting. There is also a house in Cumberland Gap, where there were slave quarters, and it is said to be haunted. Very scary looking. I have been to this one. Love this stuff. Anyone have any interesting, scary, haunting pictures, please email me at

Samantha says:

December 30, 2006, 5:10 pm

I’ve herd of this ! Yeah it was on the travel channel . Intresting to say the least

Samantha says:

December 30, 2006, 5:21 pm

my emaul is to people who want to hear about my experices and stuff. And Joshua I read that exact story in Ghost stories of Tennessee. By A.S. Mott?

Elizabeth Tester says:

March 4, 2007, 6:53 pm

I have heard of the Rotherwood haunting and I think it is scary but I would love to go and see the inside of the house I also enjoy reading about ghost stories they are realy interesting They kind of creep me out but that is the fun of it.

Tyler says:

March 7, 2007, 12:51 am

Hi. My name is Tyler and I grew up in Kingsport, TN. I have spent many nights on that river…alone of course, and never once recall seeing anything. I have been in that house as well, and never felt anything really wrong with it. But, that’s just me.

Tierra says:

March 13, 2007, 11:37 am

Here is what I heard I heard that the woman was down @ the river bank with her next day to be Husband but he died when he was fishing and something pulled him in and made him drown under water and she died trying to recieve him out of the water and now she walks the bank waiting for her husband to come out.

hjl says:

March 23, 2007, 8:32 pm

wow what a beatiful love story

Monica says:

March 31, 2007, 4:14 pm

Ok.I was born and raised here in Kingsport Tn. I know Rotherwood mansion very very well..I have researched it probably more then anyone. It is an awesome old mansion. With so much history entwined in every brick.The man above Joshua Hubbard was for the most part correct as far as the status of poor Rowena Ross and her men.The other stories are local lore. well about the hound from hell.. I guess you know how that goes. The statement I would like to challenge was the one about it being evil..This place is awesome it is a beautiful statement to the architecture of that time. I would also like to tell you that the house that is there now isn’t even the original house. It caught on fire and had extensive damage so they had to rebuild it.I do believe there are sprits there with unfinished business but as for evil??? I beg to differ. I have been there countless times took many photos. The slave quarters are somewhat disturbbing. There are images in the photos also the original fixtures from the main house were stored in there..really nice..and the wall paper murals are actually hand painted on the walls.. Truely a site to has been renovated… and most of the grounds are now gone to a new subdivision.Sad very sad that it is not intact..The old hedge maze is gone also the stables..I have always loved this place and never felt anything harmfull there.. I guess it’s a matter of ones own self. but if you do get a chance to see it is a site to behold!!!

Krista says:

June 22, 2007, 2:20 pm

When I was in elem. school we went on a tour of the house, it was pretty wicked…. I suggest going there if you want a thrill. And by the way, a woman does live there, I used to go to church with her.

Cory says:

August 11, 2007, 2:49 pm

That is really screwed up.Why was her brother such an ***hole,did his father tell him to do that.Some people just have to stick there nose in other peoples business.That pisses me off.

Lizzie says:

August 27, 2007, 4:52 pm

I know the story of Rotherwood Mansion it is kind of scary.Ghost have always fascinated me and honestly i would like visit the mansion, but in the daytime i used to know somebody in school who had a doctor who lived there or still does i really don’t know.

Autumn says:

September 4, 2007, 9:54 am

I think that they should let people go in it. I live in Greeneville,TN and their are no haunted houses there so I wish they would put it open to the public! I’d go!

Autumn says:

September 4, 2007, 9:56 am

I love ghost stories too

Autumn says:

September 4, 2007, 9:57 am

I love ghist stories and love stories! So romantic

abby says:

September 20, 2007, 12:41 pm

heyyyy.guys whats up
this story is pretty dang scaryy.
its scaaring theeee poopers outta me.
but i dont thinkk its truee!
you got a problem withh me thinking that
then build me a bridge and fall off of it,
thanks email me sumtime.

emily says:

October 6, 2007, 5:32 pm

I completley agree with lacy. I have lived in Kingsport most of my life and i have never heard that version of the story.First off the love was not forbiden and he died the day of the wedding.He was fishing with some of his friends and there boat sank. The woman (Rowenna) was trying on her wedding dress and looked out the window and saw all this going on.Everyone but her husband surrvied. She later was married to two differnt guys and had a daughter. When her daughter was six years old she commited suicide. And the other ghost it Phibbs. He later ownend the propety and had slaves. He treated his slaves horriably. I dont remember how he supposely died but when they were caring his coffin up to the cementary on the hill (now located in the subdivison Rotherwood Hills) a black dog jumped out of the coffin it is said to be the hound of hell. It is said that you can see a black dog walking arounde the property at night and you can hear the slaves crying for mercy some times in the basement.

sue says:

October 8, 2007, 11:16 pm

I have been in this house before, and it is beautiful. I know the woman that lives there now and she says she has NEVER had any strange “goings on”. She lives in this house alone, so I find it hard to believe that any ghosts are living there with her. I too find ghost stories facinating. Kingsport is full of great ghost stories. The ghost of Rowena is not suposed to be in the mansion, but on the banks of the Holston river in front of the Rotherwood property. The woman that lives there has never seen her but I don’t think that means that Rowenas ghost doesn’t exsist. I just think some people are more sensitive to such sightings and maybe a bit more receptive.

ashkeigh says:

October 31, 2007, 10:02 am

this story sucks

tara says:

November 26, 2007, 1:30 pm

Interesting! Everyone else says the story is different but there’s a ghost in all of them. SPOOKY!

bob tret says:

December 6, 2007, 6:53 pm

hi i love u booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo scary

legacy says:

January 1, 2008, 2:48 am

I’m a lifelong resident of Kingsport. This is a popular campfire story for local scout trips, and a good tail for a night of drinking but not much else. Most citizens dont know else do not believe in this farce spun into supposed reality. The house has been for sale many times, and one time was owned by a holding of a celebrity. It’s now under private ownership and off-limits to investigation.

Morgan says:

February 19, 2008, 4:15 pm

I seen this ghost not at the river but up the road it was at sinsnball tunnal

Tiffany says:

February 20, 2008, 2:20 pm

Ummm… This is stupid.

cody leonard says:

March 17, 2008, 12:55 am

hi i would like to clear the air one there was no cruel man to own the house after the death of the the ross daughter and after her death the house was given to kingsport historic society i know be cause i work with the historic society and her husban did die but it wasent cause of a bother or boating trip it was yellow fever she had a daughter who died at birth she dident kill her self over her daughter she died of old age and for the rumor of the area not being kingsport at the time wrong it was kingsport and at the time the Netherland inn was built and a little more history for you guys the Netherland inn was built because mister Netherland children had to cross the river and it cost a lot of money so he moved to the other side of the river and built the stage coach and he died of a from being hit by a coach he was a drinker no the place isnt haunted and the slave houses behind it were moved there they dont be long there they cam from the ross manision and one from main

Rachel says:

April 15, 2008, 2:02 pm

this story is really cool, me and my friend are going to write a report on it! XD

alexis says:

October 3, 2008, 8:04 pm

omg if all the people that read this believe this stupid **** that every one says is stupid there is no such thing as ghoust so u people that say u seen the ghoust shut up no u have not u r just trying to get attention!!!

so to all the people who dont beleive in it thanks and u all are smart

â?¥alexisâ?¥ (much love to all who dont beleive)

sandy blevins says:

October 16, 2008, 8:45 am

this is really fascinating. i love this stuff. ive never had any experiences like these but i would love to .

Nicole says:

November 6, 2008, 4:19 pm

My high school boyfriend lived in the servants quarters that is connected to the mansion by an underground tunnel. His home was extreamly active. We could hear walking up and down the stairs and we were the only ones home, things would fly off walls and stuff like that. That place is very creepy and active!

Becca says:

November 17, 2008, 2:21 pm

this is the story ive always heard but my doctor lives in Rotherwood mansion and she said she has never seen anything but i mean….who knows! ive been there several times and ive gotten the feeling of someone watching me…..

kristene says:

January 17, 2009, 12:01 pm

ugh what a sick father he is to do that…her one love forbbidden from eachother
he just wanted his daughter all to himself!!
sick *******!
ill have to see how scary this is myself!!! muahhhahahah

Bristol Paranormal Society says:

January 25, 2009, 8:51 pm

We are a paranormal research group that knows that the home is owned and lived in by the owners. there are several different stories about the mansion but there are no investigations allowed there at this time. We are working with a friend of the owners to try and get permission. however there is the Sensabaugh Tunnels not far from there.

unknown south says:

February 5, 2009, 5:25 pm

lacy is correct i live in the immeadate area and being a paranormal investigator i have extensivly researched this story. just as lacy said is the said true story. at the current time i am trying to get premission to conduct an investigation of the mansion…..another story you might be interested in is john sevier hotel or center dig deep though it has a few actuall tragedies that happened it is in johnson city

macey says:

March 26, 2009, 4:44 pm

i also heard that she was cheating on the soilder and he found out and murderd her.they were going to hang him but before they went to his house he throw himself in the river.

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Elishia says:

July 29, 2009, 10:46 pm

I live in kingsport and have never been able to go near the house.My mom told me that when they were younger, they saw a little girl outside holding out her hand and then she vanished.I’ve also heard that Mr. Rotherwood had slaves and when the slaves started getting older and unable 2 work, rotherwood would make them dig their own graves and make another slave shoot them so that they would fall back into the grave.You can hear the sound of someone digging and humming a sad tune when it’s quiet out.

hailee says:

October 5, 2009, 7:20 pm

i just read somewhere else that the rotherwood that stands today is not the original rotherwood. the rotherwood talked about with Rowena and Phipps is the original. Phipps died in 1861, four years later, Rotherwood burned down. The Rotherwood we see today, Rotherwood II, is s short distance south of the first. I could be wrong, but i think it would explain why the current owner has had no personal experiences.

tomasina dixon says:

October 13, 2009, 3:43 pm

omg r u serious thats so scary i cant believe this

Rachel says:

December 22, 2009, 3:08 pm

Is That near The Church Of Jesus Christ of latter day saints>>?? Because i go to that church and beside it, its says Rotherwood so i was jsut wondering :)

Rachel says:

December 22, 2009, 3:16 pm

Ive heard of the Rotherfood Mansion story and it wasnt this. The one I heard was that he gave the girl a promise ring, went out to war, she though he was dead, she never ate anything, her father thought she was dead, barried her with the ring, some grave steal digged up her grave and stole her ring, she was still alive just unconsious, the next day went to her fathers door and scratched but she died a couple hours later and her husband was actually alive and all of this happened in the winter and plus now every one who lives there has to spend there winter in the holidays because they hear scratching at their door everynight and it never stops

Kylee says:

January 17, 2010, 5:35 pm

ive heard alot about that house ive searched it all over the internet i am a paranormal reasearcher me and my friend samantha have been working on my house for awhile knw but we cant figure it am only 10 years old and my friend samantha is 13 we feel very talinted with my special ability to sense a ghost and hers to feel there emotions but only if they let her only a few ghosts have blocked her ability so we leave those hot spots to the prefesionals!

Kylee says:

January 17, 2010, 5:47 pm

hi my name is kylee hardman my friend samantha and i have had our ability to feel that a spirit is near since i was 8 years old we havent done many investigations but were working on my house my house is a very hard case i cant figure it out .if anyone knows of anyhaunted houses in kingsport tn please tell me or if you have any pictures of ghosts or haunted houses if you need to contact me you can email me my email is ive lived in kingsport tn for over 6 years and my whole life that ive lived in my house ive had a feeling and it doesnt seem like agood one when i was little i feared the spirits i felt they were trying to scare me but know ive learned to stay comb but if something does happen then i do get startled because they always try to catch me of gaurd!but please if you have any unexplained visits from ghost contact me at

rebecca says:

January 30, 2010, 7:37 pm

oh my god i have heard it though

Olive says:

June 23, 2010, 3:00 pm

its not true i work with the owner of the mansion and have stayed servarl times at the mansion and never witnessed any “hauntings” neither has anyone else

Kev says:

June 28, 2010, 11:09 am

Some of the abused slaves are ancestors of Diana Ross. She once spoke about this in an autobigraphy.

mike says:

October 8, 2010, 3:25 pm

i have lived kingsport my whole life i can tell you that place is not haunted, i have been there, an the reason i no its not haunting is my aunts huspand owns the place. he said people just have there stories about it, i mean if people wanna belive it is haunted thats cool, but its not, its just a old place an like most people have there stories about it being haunted but there is nothing in there, but im not here to judge no one about the place well im out here latter folks….

ashley says:

October 14, 2010, 12:21 am

i wish i could go find out for myself that’d be awesome

Amie says:

April 26, 2011, 11:48 am

This is the creepiest place I’ve ever been to. I have visited the Rotherwood mansion back in the 1990’s. We purchased tickets that went on a tour. There was only certain rooms you could go in of course. When you first go in there is a beautiful but creepy mural of time long ago.. With horsedrawn buggies and slaves working. It feels like someone is watching you the whole time I was in there. My sister has been in the tunnel below the house. She says she has seen a black dog with red eyes! I wish the would make a movie about the true story was a great movie it would be!!

Hannah says:

July 3, 2011, 5:14 pm

My older sister knows the keeper of the mansion who takes care of it during the day and nightime. she says she doesn’t believe in the ghosts, but sometimes feels wierd prescences.

Amber says:

November 12, 2011, 10:42 pm

Can you rent this place out for the weekend for a birthday party?

tina says:

March 10, 2012, 2:36 pm

me and my family lived in the area of the mansion in the 80’s i dont know much about the mansion. but i do know that the park across the street was a place we loved to go. there was a large swinging bridge that we liked to play on. we went there one day im not sure of the date but i think it was in 86 or 87 and there were police cars everywhere they told my mother that we couldnt enter the park because a young girls body had been found on the other side of the bridge at the waters edge. later we heard that she had been beaten to death by her boyfriend. if anyone had a reason to haunt that area i think it would be her.

have seen many ghost in east Tn. says:

May 4, 2012, 3:34 am

i have true tales that will make tour hair stand up allover your whole bodyan they are all true.

chance says:

May 4, 2012, 3:56 am

church hill tn. is crazy haunted.There is a house on river rd haunted bigtime from afamily in the mid 1800s onthe way to church in horse and carrigr when the horse got spooked and bucked up plipping the carrige over killing the family close to home. I have honestly had encounters in the home. the owner was going to burn it down but didnt even want to step foot on theproperty so he rented it out for $100 a month and is a very nice chunk of land, the ghost messed with the guy living there now and he almost moved instantly untill we told him to hag up alot of mirrors so therefor he did and hes still there,Ican give evry detailed acount but its time to hit tha sack,watchout for incubus or suckubus. CHANCE

chance says:

May 4, 2012, 4:28 am

there is a dungeon in the mansion to beat the slaves and no matterwhat the bloodstains wtll naot come out of the walls,the shackles aere told to still be there. Burt Reynolds was going to buy it but it creeped him out with its history.There has alo been some really big country stars also backout. The last buyer was a homosexual,when he purchaced it against his brothers advice the first thing he did was change the three leaf clover pon down by the river by filling one of the clover leafs to make it look like a ***** and testicals,Kingsport did not like that but there was nothing they could do, he owend it, needless to say I guess the spirits didnt either because about a month later he died of aids oight after he had it remodeled. His brother never stepped another foot in that place again,he auctioned it of very fast,sleep tight. CHANCE

Jeremy and Talena Anderson says:

November 30, 2012, 8:10 pm

Hi this is so cool and scary to see and hear about the hauntings that has happened in the town that we live in..My husband abd I both have had some type of experience there and sensabaugh tunnel..I was staying the night with a friend across frim the river and we had heard alot of howling..I was asking her what it was but she didnt know and then I heard about the story years later..just reading it gives me chills!! My husband has actually seen the “Lady in White”..I would love to go and check it out just to see if I could hear the howling again..but just the rustic look in the home and history is amazing and its just a reminder that we aren’t alone.

I did that says:

October 19, 2013, 6:30 pm

Henry Thibault says:

February 10, 2014, 6:59 pm

My cousin bought the place decades ago and beautifully restored it. This information is available from many websites easily found via Google. I will respect her privacy, but cannot resist saying what a bunch of BS I see posted here. Many family members, including me, have visited quite a few times. We’ve been all over the buildings and grounds at all hours of the day and night. None of us that I know of have ever seen, heard, or felt the slightest evidence of any ghosts or the fabled “Hound from Hell,” or any other such rot.

Daryle Mullins says:

August 10, 2014, 3:35 am

how would a person go about investigating this place?

Heather Anniston says:

September 22, 2014, 1:45 am

The site is down now, but in March a fellow by the name of John Morrison had this story to share:

“The house had remained on the market for several years, but prospects would always never settle with the property. In the 1980’s a real estate agent attempted to dispel this myth by paying a group of college students to stay in the house one night to prove nothing was wrong with it. When she came back the next morning, she found them gone with a note on the door to don’t bother giving them anything. They refused to tell her what happened and would not speak about it.”

Jake says:

October 14, 2014, 1:52 am

I have seen that dog. I grew up in King sport. I spent the night with some friends that lived near the mansion. We went out walking around the neighborhood late that night. We got near the mansion and that big black dog went NUTS. We hid for a long time in some bushes. The dog finally stopped barking and just vanished. True story. Summer of 1989.

Jennifer says:

October 15, 2014, 2:02 am

So.. Can people actually go there and take a tour? So would love to! Or if there are any places like this around that you can take tours??

Sarah says:

July 22, 2015, 5:47 pm

I worked for a cleaning company and have been in this house many times. We had to make the beds so that top sheet tucked in all the way around to discourage the ghost from pulling sheets off. Have seen the lady in white from the main house standing in the window of the guest house and have felt someone grabbing at my elbow many times while vaccuuming. There is a room on the topflooor where blood stains come up on the floor when it rains. Yes this house is haunted. I knew nothing of the ghost stories before cleaning the first time but felt I was beeing watch every time I was there.

jeff says:

August 29, 2015, 8:24 am

these stories are just that,,,,,,stories and they grow with each passing re telling. i have been involved with this house since 1987 when it was bought and renovations began. it is not evil, it is not spooky, there are no bloodstains anywhere, there were never any chains in the basement nor a whipping post on the 3rd floor. there was never a carriage house and there certainly was never a spiral staircase. no hidden passageways, no tunnels no nothing. it’s a private residence and has been since it was built. it was neglected and not lived in for a few decades but has been fully restored and is lived in to this day by a local physician. this is probably the least spooky place i have ever been and i have been on the property and in the house weekly for over 25 years. no moaning, no groaning, no apparitions, no ghost dogs, no lady ghosts wandering the river ,,,,,,,,,,it’s a very welcoming , romantic and beautiful home. i have photos from the beginning of restorations thru today.

Ryan Burke says:

August 13, 2016, 11:56 am

I want you guys to try out skeletons bluff the place is extremely active 12:30am – 3:30am just cruise back and forth slowly i swear youll either see something or hear something i put money on it its not private property to just cruise on the road but getting out on the other hand is Skeleton’s bluff, kingsport tn (if anyone goes and experiences something let me know and ill tell you the legend of it all.)

Henry Thibault says:

September 12, 2016, 9:17 pm

The owner is a close relative. Like many other family members, I have spent many happy days and nights during the past quarter-century in both the mansion and the guest house, including wandering the grounds at all hours of the night. None of us have ever had the slightest supernatural experience of any kind there. No lady in white, no hound of hell, no moans, no bloodstains, no mysterious sights or sounds of any kind. What a bunch of crackpot nonsense some silly people are willing to believe while denying obvious scientific truths!

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