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I want to assure my readers that I am still around. I haven’t been able to update the site because I have been unable to visit any new places. Hopefully that will change with Halloween right around the corner.

As always, I am here to answer any questions you have and I always reply to comments left here within 48 hours. If you want more information or would like to share your own experiences, please email me at tnhauntings@writersbeacon.com.

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A friend of mine (Rickey Smith) brought an interesting newspaper clipping to my attention today. It was printed in 1871. He says the area they are referring to is the Masseyville – Cave Springs area in Chester County. The clipping says:

1871. Unusual Story.

Wild Men (News Article) Date: 1871-05-04; Paper: Weekly Eastern Argus (Maine);This entire product and/or portions thereof are copyrighted by NewsBank and/or the American Antiquarian Society. 2004.page 1
…. Tennessee, however, has the champion wild man. The Jackson Whig of the 23th inst. says:
We learn that between Sobby and Crainsville, on what is called Piney, in McNairy county, a strange and frightful being has been observed for several weeks. He is said to be seven feet high, and possessed of great muscular power. His eyes are unusually large, and fiery red; his hair hangs in a tangled and matted mass of jet below his waist, and his beard reaches below his middle. His entire body is covered with hair, and his whole aspect is most frightful. He shuns the sight of men, but approaches with wild and horrid screams of delight every woman who is unaccompanied by a man. He sometimes with great caution approaches houses; and should he see a man he runs away with astonishing swiftness, leaping the tallest fences with the ease of a deer, defying alike the pursuit of men and dogs. He has frightened several women by attempting to carry them off as well as by his horrid aspect, and the whole country around Sobby is in consternation. The citizens are now scouring the woods, and are determined either to capture or drive off the monster.
So bigfoot sightings are nothing new. This story is 137 years old. I know we have all heard stories of bigfoot, but has anyone actually seen one? If you have a story about bigfoot, leave a comment or email me at tnhauntings@writersbeacon.com.
Again, thanks to Rickey Smith for passing along this article.

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I will be looking into the history of this church this week, but for now here are a few pictures. If you have any information on Old Liberty Church, email tnhauntings@writersbeacon.com.

To reach Old Liberty Church, you turn off old 45 onto Sardie Henry Road and then onto Otis Plunk Road and Forty Forks.

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I have found someone who has been to this church with friends and they are going to find out the name and its location for me. I will post as soon as I find out.

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Over the years, I have been to many places that are allegedly haunted. Of all these places, there is only one that I will never return.

Sadly, I cannot remember the name but maybe someone out there will know and post it. In Bethel Springs, you turn off the highway and travel a few miles until you reach a dirt road on the right. This narrow road passes between two ponds which often flood the road. After passing between the ponds, you go up a hill and there is an abandoned church. Beside the church is a cemetery.

The only legend I have heard was that the church was abandoned because the people believed it was taken over by demonic spirits.

Now on some of our visits, there has been a small wooden cross on top of the porch. On other visits, it was not there. One girl has taken pictures of the cross and it did not appear in the photos.

Once when a group of us were there, two of the boys decided to scare the rest of the group. There are double doors on the front of the church. One was open and the other was shut. They stood inside the church and planned to have one person crawling out the open door screaming while the other stood behind the door pulling his legs to pull him back into the church. As they were preparing to put their plan in motion, all the windows in the church began to shake violently and they came running out of the door side by side. There was no wind that night.

This incident is not why I will not return. Every time we have visited (and we went there more than a dozen times) the vehicle we took broke down after leaving. We had the rear end fall out of a Monte Carlo, the drive shaft fall out of a 4×4 truck, and many other mechanical failures that were minor compared to the ones mentioned. I have been stranded in downtown Selmer past 1 AM in the morning more times than I can count.

Because of this I will not return. Why not just take someone else’s vehicle, you say? Because after returning when the rear end fell out my car had a flat tire — and it had brand new Pirellis.

I really would like to know the name of this place as I am now interested in its history. I would like to know the local legend as well, but I would also like to know the real history behind this abandoned church.

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