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The owner of the infamous Hurst Mansion in Purdy, TN, the former home of Colonel Fielding Hurst, has left a message on this site stating that he intends to sell the house. If you are interested, contact him (Tim) at nouglytrucks@yahoo.com.

I hate to see it go up for sale but it is better than it being destroyed by attempting to move it. I hope no one buys it and bulldozes it. It’s a piece of history and now its fate is in the hands of the highest bidder.


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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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T. Owens recently traveled to Purdy and stopped by the Hurst House to take a few pictures. She took one that I found particularly interesting.

Note the figure in the window over the porch.

Note the figure in the window over the porch.

Here, she has zoomed in to show the figure and has compared a picture of Hurst to the face in the window.

Here, she has zoomed in to show the figure and has compared a picture of Hurst to the face in the window.

Please note that she took these pictures from the outside and did not enter the home. You are welcome to take pictures of the front from the outside but do not trespass and break in to the home. This IS NOT abandoned property and you WILL be prosecuted.

Thank you for sharing this photograph, Ms. Owens!

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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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Alright, I know. Purdy is getting to be my second home. In my defense, I made friends there and we all hang out on the weekends so I’m there anyway.

In the past few weeks, I have not had any interesting photographs. That changed over the weekend.

Across the street from Hurst Mansion is the slave quarters. It’s just a small wooden building. I’ve been intrigued by it for a couple of weekends now.

This was the first photo taken.

There are a few orbs…nothing out of the ordinary for this area.

But in the second photo…..

Forget about the orbs, what is the blue streak?

And the third photograph…

Only these two photos had anything unusual in them. Of course I have plenty of orb photos, but this is something much more interesting.

The slave quarters is across the road from the house. It is also owned by the same person who owns Hurst Mansion, so trespassing is a no no. The good news is you will be able to see it up close around Halloween.

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I would again like to stress that this is private property and trespassers will be prosecuted. The owner caught four youngsters attempting to enter the house and after leaving for the night someone broke a window and entered the house.

I would like to inform anyone thinking about trespassing that the owner of the property is periodically staying at a cabin not far from the house. He will occasionally be hiding out at Hurst House and apprehending those who attempt to gain entry.

If that isn’t enough to deter you, I have another big announcement from the owner himself. IF vandals will leave the property alone so part of the work needed can be completed, he will operate a Haunted House inside Hurst Mansion during the month of October. Proceeds will be used to complete much needed restoration. More information will be provided on this as the time nears.

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Here are some photographs taken over the weekend at the old Purdy Cemetery.

These photos all contain a lot of orbs, many of which are different colors.

These pictures all have the same strange blue light in them.

This is a photo of the tombstone of Major Benjamin Wright and his wife, Martha. It is an impressive 15 feet tall. It is also up in the woods a little bit. It was very dark when we arrived and we did get lost in the woods for a few minutes.

You can read more about Major Benjamin Wright at HurstNation.com

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