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Bell Witch Cave, Adams

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The Bell Witch Cave is a karst cave located in Adams, Tennessee near where the Bell Farm once stood. The cave is approximately 490 feet (150 m) long. The cave is privately owned, and tours are given during the summer months and in October.This cave has been associated with the Bell Witch, a period during which the Bell Family was allegedly haunted by the Bell Witch. The cave is located on property once owned by the Bell family. Many believe that when the witch departed, she fled to the sanctuary of this cave.In the particular legend in which the cave is featured, young Betsy Bell and some of her friends had gone to explore the cave. While they were there, one of the boys crawled into a hole and became stuck. A voice cried out, "I'll get him out!". The boy felt hands grasping his feet, and he was pulled out of the hole. The Bell Witch (still invisible), then gave the young explorers a lecture on reckless cave exploring.
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  • It was a fun and interesting tour. The tour of the cave was definitely the best part. Our guide was friendly and informative. One word of caution, though...the tour of the cave would be extremely diff...  more »
  • Was a longer tour than anticipated. Only issue would be that some parts of the cave are difficult to maneuver. Have to do some ducking and climbing up slippery rocks. People with disabilities might wa...  more »
  • We did the $50 night tour of the cemetery, Indian burial grounds, photographs & cabin, and the cave. The cave was definitely the best and most interesting part. Chris was our guide, and she had lots o...  more »
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  • Closed when we arrived due to flooding. It would have been nice to have that information posted on the website so we didn't have to make the drive. However, I am excited to go back when they are open.
  • Reviews never lie. Apparently, the "Old Man in Overalls" is becoming as famous as the Bell Witch herself. My buddy and I went out one evening to relive some old memories. I wasn't aware of any changes in the reservation policy since my last visit a few years back consisted of just walking up and paying-like any haunted house. No big deal. What is a big deal is when some old hick in overalls strolls up to your car in the dark, yelling for you to "Get on outta heah! These heah are private tours!" Needless to say, he does this while we're just driving up to park. Me and my friend look at each other in confusion, wondering if someone is missing an elderly relative because of the way he's behaving. "Huh?" my friend says. "You boys go! Ya can't stay heah!" He pulls up his overalls and spits at a passing peacock. "So...the tours of the cave-" "Get on outta' heah now!" Old Man gets in a short bus and scuttles away. After that, a girl (granddaughter, or some girl he adopted with funds from an inherited moonshine fortune?) comes over and repeated the same jargon in a less pretentious tone. During both altercations, neither of them let us fully ask a question about anything and were quick to interrupt and/or ignore. Old Man then comes in on the walkie-talkie. "Get them on outta heah!" In all seriousness, the suddeness of the matter made us speechless, so nothing was said. We just stared. What could we do? This guy is rude, hostile, and bitter. He certainly has no conception of how to operate with total strangers. Look at the other reviews. They confirm he shouldn't be doing as much. Just some knowledge about today's society tells you it is unwise to approach strangers with certain tones and attitude, especially in a tourist trade. My friend and I were calm and rational about it, but what if we were, oh...let's say drunk? High? Dealing with PTSD? Some punks looking for an excuse for confrontation? Unnecessry confrontation happens daily in the world and I only pray the Old Man in Overalls simply finds peace in this life, because bitterness as normal policy at this small town landmark is without excuse. I never plan to go back and will help spread the legend of the Old Man in Overalls so you don't make an extended drive or waste your cash on pettiness, lest you are taken to the black dimension of pain and scabs in his creepy yellow bus. This operation for a focal point of Tennessee history is a joke. I'd tell the owners to check their reviews, but they probably think the Internet is part of a fishing dingy on the water. Clearly, this man's attitude has been the norm. Worst. Tour. Eve...oops. There was no tour.
  • Disappointing, the owner needs to work on his people skills. Over priced for no more than they offer.
  • The bell wich was a murder and killed familys I do not want to go there!!!!!!
  • We live in the area, and loved tubing the Red River. A horrible crank now owns the tubing operation. We went, were treated poorly, and left. A few weeks later, we decided dude had a bad day, and tried again. Nope. The owner was just as inhospitable, rude, and bullying. His first words to a teeneager when he arrived were, "put on a shirt!" It was 95 degrees, kid was outside, and about to get in a bus to go tubing. This was a family - not some drunk frat boy. In addition, the cabin and cave tours aren't only expensive, but they're not even the original infamous location.