A Unit of the Center for Appalachian Studies & Services at East Tennessee State University
The Archives has several ghost tales available for research, many of which can be found in the Joseph Sargent Hall Collection. Beginning in the 1930s, Hall recorded stories, remedies, and songs from individuals who still lived in or were displaced by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the early 1990s, his collection was donated to the Archives.
The following tale was told to Hall by Mrs. Wesley Metcalf at her home near Del Rio, Tennessee on June 30, 1956. She said she learned the tale from J.N. Click, a resident of the same area, in 1916 or 1917.
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Source: Joseph Sargent Hall Collection, Box 6, Folder 3, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.