So, I’ve taken the time to put together a map of some of Memphis’ most talked about supposedly “haunted” places and all five just so happen to be within about a 20 minute radius. You can definitely partake on this tour alone, but I’d recommend on bringing a friend. (I know I would.) You will most likely not have to shell out any cash (I’m not sure if you can just go inside The Orpheum at any time or if you have to buy a ticket for something in order to enter.) unless you have a few beers at Ernestine & Hazel’s. (You might need more than a few by the time you get there.) If you’re not spooked by the fifth place, you really have some guts!
1.) The Orpheum Theatre- This place has been open since 1928. It’s a beautiful and historic part of downtown Memphis and has hosted many great concerts and plays over its 85 years. The story is that it’s haunted by a ghost named Mary, who was hit by a car and killed just outside of the theatre. Some say that her favorite seat is still to this day not rented out to anyone (C-5?) and word is that she usually chills out there.
2.) Brister Hall @ The University of Memphis- Brister Hall (attached to Wilder Tower) at U of M is one of the oldest buildings on campus and used to be a library. The story is that a student got murdered in the library and the murderer was never caught so now the spirit of the student roams around the building, screaming for help. Brister Hall is now mainly used for student testing (like the ALECKS that we all know and love. Ha.) and its main floor is home to the Heritage Room, a place that holds a collection of U of M Memorabilia, some dating back to nearly 100 years ago.
3.) Ernestine & Hazel’s- Located in the South Main Historic Arts District in downtown Memphis, Ernestine & Hazel’s is a pretty popular spot today. Back in the day, it served as a bar and the upstairs operated as a small hotel. Rumor has it that the place was once a brothel, as well. Many claim this place to be one of the most haunted places in Memphis. I found some guys who went and researched E & H for themselves. Click here to read about Rich and Mike and what they found when they investigated the paranormal activity. (I love their blog! :))
4.) The National Ornamental Metal Museum- So I already have a post on this place, but I think it’s so great and definitely worth visiting. (I would recommend going later in the evening, maybe after dark. As you can tell by my pictures in my last post, I went during the day and didn’t really see anything out of the ordinary..)
5.) “Voodoo Village”- I’ve also already done a post over Voodoo Village. At this point, after all of the research I have done, I’m not even sure if there is anything haunted happening here. I do, however, think there is something that is definitely out of the ordinary going on. I don’t think I will ever get the guts to go myself, but I’m still putting it on this list. (Mainly because it’s freaking Voodoo Village!) It’s on Mary Angela Road. I think you’ll know once you get there…
I visited The National Ornamental Metal Museum for the first time this past Sunday. Prior to actually going, I did a bit of research on it and talked to a few people. Word is it’s pretty haunted. From what I’ve gathered and seen myself, there is the museum part itself, (which has been renovated and is where you go to see the art) a smaller building to the left of the museum portion and a larger building to the right, which is what I hear is the most “haunted.” (Most of my pictures focus on this building, however, as you can see by looking at them, it is very seriously blocked off so you cannot enter.) It was a bright and blue-skied day and I did not see any abnormal activities. I can only imagine what that place is like at night, though! Yikes. Anyways, here are the pictures so you all can see for yourselves. Enjoy!
“Voodoo Village” is a place that most Memphians know about. Located at the intersection of Mary Angela Road and Shelby Drive, Voodoo Village has had its number of visitors over the years. There are stories that have been passed around about what has been seen– some say someone has chased them, some say their cars have ended up stopping on the road and some say they have been screamed at. The big question about Voodoo Village seems to be whether this place is haunted or not. Some swear that it is, others say people there are practicing witchcraft, and there are also those who believe that the people of Voodoo Village are spiritual healers and just want to be left alone. All I’m certain of is that I don’t want to get chased by a man waving a baseball bat in the air, although I do think it would be interesting to see the truth of this fascinating place revealed.
What do you think?
Click here to see a relatively recent video from WREG News Channel 3 of Memphis.