Chapel Hill Ghost Light
Posted by: Monkeybrad
N 35° 43.608 W 086° 42.015
16S E 527108 N 3953688
Quick Description: The Chapel Hill Ghost Light has been documented in several books regarding paranormal activity. These coordiinates lead you to a safe place to view the tracks from.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2005 8:04:31 AM
Waymark Code: WM5N
The Chapel Hill Ghost Lights are probably the most well known ghost lights in Tennessee, and perhaps second in the South only to the Brown Mountain Lights of North Carolina. They appear along the rail road tracks of Chapel Hill, TN which is located south of Nashville, and is also noted as the burial place of Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Many of the residence of Chapel Hill have seen them, and no one really knows what causes this bizarre phenomena
The legend is that long ago an aging signal man along the tracks was killed during a dark and rainy night. He had carried a bright lantern which could be seen for miles up the tracks. As he walked the tracks, he accidently tripped. His head hit the rail, and he was knocked uncouncious. He lay on the track for a few minutes, until along came a train. Unable to stop in time, the train ran over the man, decapitating him.
When they found his body, they say, it was still mostly intact. Except for one part, that is: his head. It was never found. To this day, according to legend, he still walks the tracks, carrying his lantern, as he searches for his lost head.
Some facts though suggest that there may be more at work here than simply this. Some people have reported UFOs in the sky, and others have seen "phantom trains," which roar up and down the tracks at night. No one knows exactly what causes these.
Type: Ghost Stories and Local Haunts
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