Friday, August 5, 2011

Crones, Concerts and Legends: Hauntings in Historic Jonesborough

Located in the natural beauty of Northeast Tennessee in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Historic Jonesborough has played host to the National Storytelling Festival for over three decades. Called “the leading event of its kind in America” byUSA Today, the award-winning festival takes place the first full weekend of every October.

The National Storytelling Festival began in 1973 when 60 people gathered around an old farm wagon in Courthouse Square to hear a few Appalachian tales. During the decades since, that tiny audience has grown to 10,000 listeners, and the hay wagon has been replaced by large, circus-like tents spread throughout the town where world-renowned tellers spin their tales in this storybook setting.

This year the festival will run from October 8-9th and you can purchase ghost story tickets. To get ready I purchased this book:

I will be posting my favorite ghost stories up until the event, and hopefully, convince the best storyteller I've ever heard to perform via blog radio. In the meantime, enjoy the following audio of what some call america's greatest ghost story, the legend of the Bell Witch.

Listen To The Legend of The Bell Witch


Nova Sparks said...


Vamchoir said...

What a fascinating (eerie) voice and sound effects! I love this post and absolutely cannot WAIT to read your ghostly updates. Vlah-haha!

"In 1817 Something came calling ..." I wish I had a photo of that cross between a rabbit and a pig. I wonder what it was.