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Franklin, Tennessee, a popular place for the living and ghosts

FRANKLIN, Tennessee (WKRN) – While Franklin, Tennessee is known to be a popular destination for the living, it’s also supposedly a hotspot for ghosts.

Haunting stories abound in downtown Franklin, and local author Allen Sircy has compiled these stories in his book Ghost Stories of South Franklin, Tennessee.

“Every building has a story. They see shadows, things are jumping off the shelf, ”Sircy said. Prior to the establishment of fire codes in Tennessee in 1935, Franklin experienced many fatal fires. The city was also a battleground during the Civil War.

According to Sircy, downtown Franklin has certainly seen its fair share of death. “They fought the Battle of Franklin until instead. It was over, they marched to the square, the soldiers outnumbered citizens 4 to 1 that night. Every building in the square has become a hospital. Death everywhere.

The historic White Building, now home to a group of businesses including a Starbucks, is the site of many hauntings, including one experienced in person by Sircy. A little research after this experience and the identity of the ghost has been discovered.

“We are downstairs. I’m playing the Battle Hymn of the Republic on my phone, and all the lights come on, and everything goes crazy. So we go upstairs and do the same. A lady with us said “what’s your name” and we heard… “Drake”. I go home and start to google and browse through the archives. Thomas Jefferson Drake was a drummer in the 10th Ohio, and that’s probably where he died, in that old building over there.

After Mary Shelley published the Gothic novel Frankenstein, many physicians sought to recreate the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. “There’s a guy named Dr Ferdinand Stiff from Pennsylvania. He had an office there, a little little wooden building where the courthouse is now, ”Sircy said. “He made a deal with a young man who was going to be executed – he was going to be hanged. He brought his remains back to his office and connected an electric current to him, to his temple.

Sircy said the experiment, of course, was not successful. But that’s not the only scary story coming from near the courthouse.

Another incident left a man rather scared. “A courthouse deputy, he tells me they had a hearing, and there’s a guy in the holding cell behind the judge’s desk, and he starts screaming. So the deputy comes back over there and says hello man, you need to calm down. He said there’s a guy with a beard, and he told me to get out, and he had a cigar and he blew smoke in my face and then he disappeared.


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