Bell Witch Cave

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Bell Witch Cave
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Bell Witch Cave is located in Tennessee
Bell Witch Cave
Bell Witch Cave is located in the United States
Bell Witch Cave
LocationRobertson County, Tennessee, U.S.
Coordinates36°35′29″N 87°3′20″W / 36.59139°N 87.05556°W / 36.59139; -87.05556Coordinates: 36°35′29″N 87°3′20″W / 36.59139°N 87.05556°W / 36.59139; -87.05556
Area2.4 acres (0.97 ha)
NRHP reference No.08000237[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 21, 2008

The Bell Witch Cave is a karst cave located in Adams, Tennessee, near where the Bell Farm once stood. The cave is approximately 490 feet (150 m) long. The cave is privately owned, and tours are given during the summer months and in October.

This cave has been associated with the haunting of the Bell Witch, a period during which the Bell family was allegedly haunted by an entity now referred to as the "Bell Witch." The cave is located on property once owned by the Bell family. Many believe that when the witch departed the family, she fled to the sanctuary of this cave.

In the particular legend in which the cave is featured, young Betsy Bell and some of her friends had gone to explore the cave. While they were there, one of the boys crawled into a hole and became stuck. A voice cried out, "I'll get him out!" The boy felt hands grasping his feet, and he was pulled out of the hole. The supposed entity (still invisible), then gave the young explorers a lecture on reckless cave exploring.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Barr, Thomas C., Jr. (1961). Caves of Tennessee. Tennessee Division of Geology Bulletin 64. pp. 394–396.

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