The Allandale Mansion ~ Kingsport, Tennessee.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Manville Possum
N 36° 33.185 W 082° 37.775
17S E 354156 N 4046531
Intriguing history and southern elegance create the romantic setting of Kingsport's Allandale Mansion, often called Kingsport's "White House."
Waymark Code: WM122G8
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 02/09/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
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Intriguing history and southern elegance create the romantic setting of Kingsport's Allandale Mansion, often called Kingsport's "White House." Built in 1950 by Ruth and Harvey Brooks, Allandale still houses their fine furnishings, antiques and art. Allandale Mansion was willed to the City of Kingsport in 1969. It is a classic example of Georgian architecture with four chimneys, a hipped roof and formal fireplaces in the main rooms. In true Georgia style, a grand curved wooden staircase dominates the mansion's foyer. Allandale Mansion is a featured stop on the "Haunted Historic Kingsport Bus Tour" and Appalachian GhostWalks "Spook and Study" Vacation Package.

I have no idea what these Ghost walk Tours are telling, but I heard the story of Long Dog and he was a known haunt here. Here is what I found on the internet about the Long Dog haunt...

The common threads of evidence in Kingsport about tales of a mysterious creature sworn to exist by Cherokee Indians and sworn to have been seen from time to time by most of the early white settlers living in the valley, up and down the Holston River along the River Road, now known as “Big Elm Road” near Sensabaugh Tunnel.

The creature was legendary even before the first white settlers moved into ...the area.

Cherokee Indians called the creature “Oolonga-Doglalla”, roughly translated as “spirit with knife teeth” and knew it as a ghostly, spirit-like creature that is both part Human and part Dog that roamed the North Fork of the Holston River valley at night, moaning and bellowing and sometimes killing solitary natives at random. Over time, the name was corrupted by the early white settlers into “The Long Dog”, mainly because they couldn’t pronounce Oolnga-Doglalla.

The name “Long Dog” was fitting, in the minds of the white people, because of the common description of the creature by those who had seen it but escaped attack.

The creature was said to lope when it ran, much like a wolverine moves. That is to say, it’s leaping movement brought its hind legs up under its front legs and its back arched at each stride, not unlike the movement of an inchworm. The creature moved this way at slow movement or on the run. The scariest, most terrifying sight was to see the creature moving along in its hideous lope, off to the side, parallel to your path but gaining on you even as you stepped faster and faster to get home before it caught you.

Also, the creature was quite long; some say as long as five or six feet long, fully outstretched. So that seemed to fit the corrupted Cherokee name. It had perhaps the length of a large, stout panther, but did not look like a panther and with a much shorter tail. This creature was said to have yellowish-red, glowing eyes that were clearly fiery looking, glowing in the night. Its breath, and it’s difficult to know how someone smelled its breath and survived, was said to have the acrid smell of burning sulfur. Its hair was not sleek and shiny like a panther; rather it was matted and oily. Tracks found along the riverbank showed great, long, sharp claws.

Yet, even though signs and evidence ascribed to the creature were like those of a living beast, it was known to appear and disappear; to take the form of the “Long Dog” sometimes and yet sometimes transform into a spirit-like, ghostly shape; like that of a “living dead zombie”, or vice versa, for lack of a better description.

Kingsport's Cherokee Dog-Man Spirit That the Cherokee Indians Believed dwell near the North Fork of the Holston River near Sensabaugh Tunnel..................isn't it interesting that centuries after the Cherokee left this region, that our culture also believes that same Sensabaugh Tunnel area to be haunted.Two different cultures in two different centuries, and yet both believe that same area to be haunted. ....ask yourself, what are the odds of tha

Here seems to be another variant of the story of the Long Dog haunt. All in the same general area and stretch of highway.

Along the highways of Upper East Tennessee, a ghost is said to roam. This isn't just any ghost however, it's the ghost of a dog. "Long Dog" what it's been named, and it's known to roam along the highway around Surgoinsville after dark, looking for it's long dead master. Long Dog sightings have been going on for over 150 years, and though they aren't as common today, they still do occur.
During the 1820s or 1830s law and order was hard to come by, especially on the Tennessee frontier. As a result, there were many outlaws who roamed the area, robbing anyone who passed by. Probably the most notorious was John Murrell. Murrell loved to rob anyone who passed by on horseback or in a carriage, and always killed the people he robbed. One night a family camped under an oak tree, and John Murrell killed them all, even the family dog who tried to protect his family.

It wasn't long after this event that people passing through began to see a strange dog. It was very long, and ghostly. It scared many people, but anyone who ever got a look at it knew it didn't mean any harm. It always looked so lonely. It would run alongside wagons, and occasionally jump onboard, as though he were looking for someone.
Today, there aren't nearly as many Long Dog sightings as there once were, due in large part to everyone driving much faster on the highway than they did during pioneer days. Still, there is an occasional sighting. We all know that the bond between a boy and his dog can be very strong, and this dog is still looking for his master.
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