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Urban Legends of Memphis

Urban legends, rumors, and mysteries have been passed from generation to generation about weird and paranormal happenings all around Memphis. Check out these spots and see if the legends are true for yourself.


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

Woodruff-Fontaine House

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 1 child 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, a weird atmosphere, and sometimes even 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 parks. 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.


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. 


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 fairgrounds for the best ride. Some say they still see him roaming the area, always nice to customers and never unfriendly. If you’re attending a Tigers’ football game, keep your eye out for this Memphis fan.


Home to Memphis’ greatest legend and our most famous king, it is rumored he still calls Graceland and Memphis home. Some people believe he is still alive and they are seeing him, not his ghost. Thousands flock to Memphis every year for a chance to see him one last time. Located right in our backyard, Graceland is a great spot to check out for one of Memphis’ rocking ghosts.


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 and eerie atmosphere, Earnestine & Hazel’s is a Memphis bar favorite on South Main Street. This gem was once a gentlemen’s “hangout” accompanied by beautiful women. Many say they catch glimpses of these beauties and even report a haunted jukebox. Earnestine & Hazel’s 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 at Earnestine & Hazel’s

Interested in ghost stories? Check out local podcast You Can See Me In The Dark.

Do you know about any other urban legends we are missing? Let us know in the comments.

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