As the month of October begins and Halloween nears, stories of ghosts and weird happenings soon become all the rave. Haunted houses and haunted corn mazes start popping up everywhere. But rumor has it in Memphis, you don’t even have to find a man-made establishment. Urban legends, rumors, and mysteries have been passed from generation to generation about weird and paranormal happenings all around Memphis. See if the legend is true for yourself, and check out any of these places:
Located in the old Marine hospital and on its grounds, legends say the metal isn’t the only thing preserved at this museum. In fact, the old hospital morgue was located in the basement of the museum’s main building. When yellow fever took over the city, many citizens of Memphis died in that basement. These victims are reportedly “still there” today. Check out some great art work, see a few demonstrations, and investigate The Ornamental Metal Museum to bust this myth.
A spirit as beautiful as the house itself, Molly Woodruff Henning is said to still wander the halls of this iconic home. Built in 1870, this house was built by Molly’s father. Losing 2 children and 1 husband in the same room (Rose Room) to the yellow fever, it is said after death Molly “moved” into the room. Legends say there are cold spots, weird atmosphere, and even sometime voices. A landmark for the Victorian Village in Memphis, built by a French architect, and full of hidden doors and mysteries, step back in time at Woodruff Fontaine House and uncover what’s hidden.
It is said in the 1960s, a tragic event occurred in one of Memphis’ most prized park. The body of a female wearing a blue dress was recovered from the Overton Park Lake. The young woman never left the lake, and chooses to visit the park occasionally. Dog walkers, bike riders, bird watchers, and picnickers have reported seeing her. With a few shows left in The Levitt Shell Fall Concert Series, you’ve got the perfect chance to see it for yourself!
Memphis doesn’t have a phantom of the opera, but we do have a little girl named Mary. Nobody is quite sure where Mary originated from. Some argue she died when the original Orpheum burned and others say she was hit by a vehicle right outside the Orpheum. Either way the Orpheum always compliments their most loyal guest, and seat C-5 is always reserved for Mary. She is not evil or kind, and is often seen near the organ, which some say they have even seen her play. Check out one of their shows, and read all about Mary in the article from Fox News before you go.
Once home to Elvis’ favorite theme park, Libertyland, Tiger Lane and the old fairgrounds surrounding it supposedly are also home to an old theme park employee. Killed by a ride accident while at work, the man stayed at the fair grounds for the best ride. Some say they still see him roaming the area, always nice to customers and never friendly. If you’re attending a Tigers’ football game, keep your eye out for this Memphis fan.
Home to one Memphis’ great legends and our most famous king, it is rumored he still calls Graceland and Memphis home. Some people suggest he is still even alive and they are seeing him not his ghost. Thousands flock to Memphis a year to get a taste of Elvis, and a chance to see him one last time. Located right in our back yard, Graceland is a great spot to check out for one of Memphis’ rocking ghosts!
- The McCoy Theater at Rhodes College
Before it became the school’s center for plays and musical, the McCoy Theatre was a sorority house, and legend has it that a sorority sister hung herself from the rafters. Now, students, faculty, and guests alike have reportedly seen ghostly images of Annie wandering the theater.
Characterized by its dimly lit interior, eerie atmosphere, and randomness, Earnestine and Hazels is a Memphis bar favorite on South Main Street. This gem was once a gentlemens’ “hangout”, and accompanied by beautiful women. Many say they catch glimpses of these beauties and even report a haunted jukebox. You never know what might kick on it and when it might shift songs. Earnestine and Hazels cooks one of the best burgers in town, called “The Soul Burger,” a burger packed full of Memphis soul and flavor. So stop by, grab a burger, and see what you find.
Do you know about any other urban legends we are missing? Let us know in the comments!