Adams, TN has a dear place in my heart. I grew up in a neighboring community and came to love the legend of the Bell Witch of Tennessee so much I co-founded the (now defunct) Bell Witch Historical Society in 1999. I have spent a lot of time in the area researching and enjoying the countryside. The Bell Witch Cave is a must see for enthusiasts of southern haunted folklore.
The site where John Bell and his family were tormented by a ghost now known as the Bell Witch is open to brave visitors who wish to explore the spirit world. The legend varies, but most accounts say that the Bell family’s neighbor Kate Batts believed she was cheated out of property in a land purchase and tormented his daughter Betsey for years after she died.
The tombstone of Betsey Bell, who was the main victim of the torment exacted on the Bell family by the Bell Witch. She was subjected to hair pulling, scratching, sticking with pins, and even savage beating by the angry spirit, presumably of the Bell’s old neighbor Kate who was a witch. People, including the future president Andrew Jackson came from miles around to witness the terrible power of this most infamous poltergeist. The spirit was incredibly strong, able to lift heavy objects, speak, s…
THE BELL WITCH. "Kate" tormented John Bell and his family, most notably his daughter Betsy, for four years from 1817 to 1821. The witch was particularly vindictive and violent. It is said that she caused the illness that eventually killed John Bell, but didn't leave. She continued to torment Betsy. She eventually left the family, but some say that she still hangs around.