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 US
Bell Witch Cave
Location430 Keysburg Rd., Adams, Tennessee
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 #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 Bell Witch, a period during which the Bell Family was allegedly haunted by the Bell Witch. The cave is located on property once owned by the Bell family. Many believe that when the witch departed, 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 Bell Witch (still invisible), then gave the young explorers a lecture on reckless cave exploring.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Barr, Thomas C., Jr. (1961). Caves of Tennessee. Tennessee Division of Geology Bulletin 64. pp. 394–396.

External links[edit]

  • "The Bell Witch Cave". Archived from the original on 31 December 2005. Retrieved 2006-01-12. - Official site
  • "The Bell Witch". Ghosts of the Prairie. Archived from the original on 9 January 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2006. - Information about the Bell Witch story and the cave.