Every rural town in the South could have a haunted legend attached to it. But some places fit the description a little more than others. In Caryville, TN there is such a place, an 8-10 mile stretch of road that once ran through a mining town, known to some as “Red Ash”. It is easily found on the map as Old Highway 63. There are many tales of death and haunting along this road. There is even the frequent report of an 8 foot tall Goat-man with a pentagram carved in his forehead. As far -fetched as that description is, I want to share a few of our experiences after I summarize the legend of Red Ash. We have a few interesting pictures & noise clips after this brief summary.
Many sightings of paranormal phenomena have been reported at the cemetery, known as Red Ash Cemetery, the official name is Turley Cemetery, as well as on the rail road tracks and at the creek. There is a somewhat isolated coal stack on one side of the road, where occult groups & vandals have written graffiti, trashed the place up & performed satanic rituals, offering animal sacrifices. Someone mentioned finding the mutilated & mummified corpse of a dog hung on the wall. We didn’t see anything like that.
At the depot people have reported furniture or objects moving when no one is inside. My question is, did they see this, or hear it? We have a photo that reveals a blurry shape in the window, even after zooming up on the window I can’t tell what is standing there. I can safely say that we have visited a few times and have many pictures & video of the place, but there is not an object in the window each time.
Many have seen the spirit of a female wandering the train tracks. Which female ghost are they seeing? Was it the young girl killed by a train on the tracks? Or could it be the sad spirit of the pregnant lady murdered on the iron bridge? We have pictures of a mysterious light orb in motion at the train bridge, (it was not a plane, it was not an insect, I have plenty of pix of those things in my collection after visiting dozens of places, and I think I know the difference.) Also, I read somewhere that a mother drowned two young children in the creek, and people have reported hearing children crying around the creek around 1:00-1:30 am in most cases.
One ghost sighting of interest is the one of an apparition of a worker who fell to his death from a coal tower more than 50 years ago. We parked near the area where we believed that happened and moments after I stepped from my vehicle I thought I heard a “wail” or a “scream”, it was not shrill like a female. At this location we also have a picture of something in an upright, human shape, yet it doesn’t possess a human appearance. It can vaguely be seen coming out of the brush & foliage, and it appears to have a bright red dot in the middle of it. Could it be matrixing, my mind creating a shape out of nothing? Coupled with odd noises & a feeling that something was with us, I believe it could be something paranormal indeed.
There are also reports of phantom trains, people have seen it and others have only heard one. For a long while the train tracks were not used, but the tracks were definitely in use one of the nights we visited, as a train was parked along the railway the entire time we were there. Oddly enough though, we heard one in motion, but the train we saw sat there the entire hour plus that we visited.
The gated grave at Turley Cemetery is the one the red furred goat-man and hell hounds are supposed to defend. Many people report bad feelings, glowing lights, strange noises & even a few people remark they’ve been chased out of the cemetery by unknown forces. When trying to escape, some visitors have reported seeing hovering, transparent blue lights as wide as ten feet slowing their descent, When we left the stretch of road known as Red Ash, my husband saw hovering, transparent blue lights; he asked if I saw them, and indeed for a moment I glimpsed a ball of light blue hovering off of the ground, it was hard to focus on and before I could evaluate what I was looking at, it was gone.
In my opinion, I think there is a small possibility of paranormal phenomena along the road and near the coal towers. I also believe that the many attempts to perform sacrifices & rituals, or to communicate with spirits, people have sent out an open invitation for spirits, good & evil to visit the area and perhaps call it home. As for a goat-man, well I do not believe in this creature, nor do I believe that there have been so many murders/suicides in that one area, as I have spent countless hours researching Red Ash trying to validate the possible haunting.
I welcome any & all comments regarding personal experiences out in Red Ash. Specifically documented verification of anything paranormal, or regarding murders/suicides there. I find this area very interesting, and would like to include it in a book of local haunted locations , if I can get enough proof to substantiate it.
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For the video of Red Ash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RISKI-sZO-Q
One of our team members uploaded 2 NEW videos of Red Ash. Watch this one of November 6th 2010 and then you should be able to find his first one from halloween night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soQUi6Szpz0