From the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878–which left a trail of over 6,000 dead Memphians in its wake–to its vital, dramactic role in the Civil War, it’s no wonder Memphis has been dubbed one of Americas most haunted cities.
And for that reason, you don’t have to wait until the Halloween season to revel in Memphis’ most-haunted status. Here are a list of tours and attractions that will most certainly give you the heebie-jeebies all year.
Historical Haunts Memphis–Named one of the spookiest ghost tours in the country, Historical Haunts Memphis offers an array of ghost-astic tours, inlcuding bus tours, walking tours, haunted pub crawls, and even conducts private, discreet investigations of suspected homes and businesses. To view the schedule of haunted tours, please visit www.historicalhauntsmemphis.com.
Backbeat Tours–Most Bluff City residents know Backbeat Tours for their awesome sightseeing adventures delving into Memphis’ rich musical and cultural history, but they also offer two hour, interactive walking ghost tours that visit the most haunted spots Memphis is known for, including the Orpheum Theatre and the John Alexander Austin House. For more information, including availability and ticket prices, please visit www.backbeattours.com.
Elmwood Cemetery–The final resting place for many who succummed to the Yellow Fever epidemic and countless Civil War soldiers (including the original resting place of Confederate general and first Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forest) Elmwood Cemetery is the oldest, active cemetery in Memphis. Known for its magnificent monuments and grassy knolls, the cemetery has a distinct park-like setting, a grand feat coming from a cemetery whose collective demise was more tragic than not. For more information on Elmwood’s self-guided audio tours, docent-led and private walking tours, please visit www.elmwoodcemetery.org. And if you’re superstitious, please remember to leave a small stone ahead of entering the cemetery to show respect.
Memphis Metal Museum–Originally a hospital used to treat Civil War soldiers and to conduct scentific reasearch in hopes of finding a cure for Yellow Fever, this haunted spot sits adjacent to the Mississippi River and is used as a metal workshop and displays some signficant metal pieces throughout history. Eerie happenings are still said to take place, including that of disembodied voices and objects being moved. For more information on touring the museum and for hours of operation, please visit www.metalmuseum.org.
Mallory-Neely House–Although temporarily closed, the Mallory-Neely House is one of the most haunted sites in Memphis. “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located at 652 Adams Avenue in the Victorian Village Historic District, the Mallory-Neely House is one of the City’s treasured historic sites. It is all the more special in that it retains all of the original historic interiors, furniture, and artifacts almost exclusively. It offers a visceral experience walking through the home and lives of a family from over one hundred years ago.” For more information, please visit www.memphismuseums.org.
There are numerous other, fantastic sites that could be mentioned, but many you will see/visit on one of the tours mentioned above, while some don’t have access or conduct walk-through tours.
Lastly, we recommend a great book called “Haunted Memphis” by Laura Cunningham. It has some really interesting sites and is just an all around good and creepy read! It can be found on Amazon.
Feature by Andrea Jones
For sponsorship information, click here. If you have an event you’d like to have added to our event calendar, you can utilize our interactive feature to upload your event information here. All other inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter below and never miss the latest newsworthy story, local happenings, or events.