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Fall Break travel opportunities: the Bell Witch Cave

Halloween may still be more than three weeks away, but Belmont students looking for spooky fall break thrills need look  no further than the Bell Witch Cave.

Located in Adams, Tenn., only an hour away from Belmont University, the Bell Witch Cave is home to one of the most famous ghost stories in the South.

According to the Bell Witch Cave’s website, the Bell Witch is the spirit of Kate Batts, who was treated unjustly by her neighbor John Bell, and threatened, on her deathbed, to haunt Bell and his descendants.

Since 1817, visitors to the cave and Bell’s surrounding land have had unusual experiences.

After camping for a night with his troops on Bell’s farm, President Andrew Jackson is quoted to have said: “I had rather face the entire British Army than to spend another night with the Bell Witch.”

Tours are available of the cave and nearby cabin for adults. Anyone younger than 18 must have parent permission to experience the haunting of the cave.

Cave tours are $12 a person, cabin tours are $8 or there is a package available that allows people to tour both for only $18.

The cave is open every weekend in October from 10 a.m to 5 p.m, with the final tour of the day starting at 4:15 p.m. Special candlelight tours are available at night for groups more than four and cost $30 per person. These tours must be booked 48 hours in advance.

For more information or to schedule a tour, visit: or call: 615-696-3055 PHOTO: Bell Witch Cave Website

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