Loretta Lynn once wrote a song called “This Haunted House” about the passing of Patsy Cline. However, the song could have been about her Hurricane Mills plantation. The nineteenth-century home is full of ghosts. It houses Civil War soldiers, slaves, and previous owners. Several people including Lynn’s children have experienced strange goings-on in the old house.
Last year we talked about the time that Loretta Lynn’s son almost had his boots stolen by a Civil War ghost. Believe it or not, that is only the tip of the spooky iceberg. Lynn, her children, and assistant discussed the haunting in a 2004 Travel Channel documentary. Here are some of the creepiest occurrences mentioned in the documentary…
The Brown Room – The Most Active Room in Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Home
In case you missed the last story, I’ll bring you up to speed. Loretta Lynn’s son Jack was sleeping in the brown room, a bedroom just above the stairs. He was jostled awake by someone tugging on his feet. When he opened his eyes, he saw a uniformed Confederate soldier trying to steal his boots. Things like this are common in the brown room.
The brown room was once the bedroom of one of Loretta Lynn’s other sons. Ernest Lynn recalled that he never liked being in his bedroom. No matter when you go into the brown room, it’s cold. While this might seem welcome in the heat of a Tennessee summer, the source of the chill makes it less comforting.
At the same time, the brown room is home to dozens of dead flies. During the warmer months, the corpses of flies will littler the window sills and floor of the room. This is the only room in the house that sees a disproportionate number of dead insects.
Loretta Lynn and her family believe that something tragic happened in the brown room but they don’t know what. They could very well be correct. The consistent cold in the room does point to an otherworldly infestation. However, the dead flies may point to something more sinister lurking in the brown room.
The Civil War Ghosts of Hurricane Mills
The land on which Loretta Lynn’s plantation home stands was once home to a civil-war era stockade. It was also host to a small skirmish in the summer of 1863. During that clash, lives were lost on the grounds. Those violent deaths were the perfect precursors for a haunting.
Besides Jack Lynn’s near-robbery by a Confederate soldier, there have been several sightings of Civil War ghosts on the grounds. One came when a visitor was fishing on the creek that runs through the property. He looked up and saw a uniformed Confederate soldier walking across the bridge over the creek. Before reaching the end of the bridge, the soldier faded out of existence.
In another sighting, an employee of the museum was taking an afternoon stroll by that same creek. They walked up on a pair of uniformed ghosts sitting by a spectral campfire, having a conversation that the employee couldn’t make out.
On his last night in the brown room, Ernest Lynn was sleeping soundly. Something woke him from a dead sleep. The room was cold. When he looked up he saw two men standing beside his bed watching him sleep. They were both wearing Civil War-era uniforms. From that day forward, Ernest refused to sleep in that room.
The Slave Pit
Slavery was a fact of life at the time that Loretta Lynn’s plantation home was built. With slavery comes cruelty. With cruel deaths come hauntings.
On the porch of Lynn’s Hurricane Mills home is a small trap door. This door leads to a basement of sorts. Within that room are cages and chains hanging from the walls and ceiling. They call this underground room the slave pit. From the look of it, they say that it was probably used as a place to lock slaves as punishment. No one can be sure about just what happened down there. However, it looks to be a room that was purpose-built for cruelty.
Late one night, Loretta Lynn was watching television with a friend when she saw and heard someone walk across the porch. After the second time, Lynn started to wonder who was out there. It was then that she heard the chains rattling in the slave pit. After hearing this, she knew that it had been a ghost on her porch.
The Previous Owner Remains at Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Home
James T. Anderson was a former owner of Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills home. He played a large part in making the house and the little town of Hurricane Mills what it is today. He never left.
The wall on which the plantation’s stairs run is covered in framed Loretta Lynn albums. There is something about these albums that Mr. Anderson is very protective over. In fact, Lynn tells the guides not to touch the albums while giving tours.
One day, a guide did not heed her warning. After reaching out and touching one of the framed album covers, Anderson’s ghost appeared behind her and pushed the guide down the stairs.
Loretta Lynn once gathered some friends to hold a séance in the home. They made contact with Anderson’s ghost. He angrily pounded on the table until eventually breaking it and slamming it on the floor.
The Lady in White
Several visitors and family members have witnessed a spectral woman in a long white gown on the grounds of the plantation. One account of this woman comes from Loretta’s daughter Peggy Lynn.
According to Peggy, she was sleeping when she woke up to the feeling of being watched. When she looked out of her open bedroom door, she saw the lady in a white gown staring at her from the hallway. Peggy called for her nanny. Before she could arrive, the ghost moved into the bathroom and vanished.
After some research into previous residents of the home, Loretta Lynn believes that the lady in white is the wife of James T. Anderson’s son. Her first child died the day it was born and she died less than two weeks afterward. Peggy Lynn is convinced that she walks the grounds of Hurricane Mills looking for her son.
Loretta Lynn’s Deeper Connection to the Paranormal
Loretta Lynn’s mother, Clara Webb, was said to be gifted with psychic abilities. It is also believed that she passed that gift on to Loretta. A family tragedy helps to lend some credibility to these claims.
After Loretta Lynn and her husband had settled into the plantation home, Clara came to visit. She wasn’t there long. Lynn’s mother was stricken with a wave of grief. She told Loretta that one of her children would die in the creek. In tears and barely holding herself together, Clara left only moments after arriving that day.
Some years passed and Loretta Lynn was on tour. Her eldest son Jack Benny Lynn was riding his horse out near the creek. Somehow, Jack was thrown from his horse and drowned in the creek. He was missing for three days before family members found his body in the water.
On the same day that Jack’s accident occurred, Loretta Lynn had a life-threatening seizure and slipped into a coma. It would be three days before she came out of it. According to Peggy Lynn, when her mother woke, she already knew that Jack was dead. When her husband came to deliver the awful news she told him that she was already aware that Jack had drowned in the creek. Just like Clara Webb said one of their children would.
When it opens to the public again, you can tour the Hurricane Mills plantation and its grounds. If you do, you may just be one of several lucky guests to catch a glimpse of the ghostly inhabitants of Loretta Lynn’s haunted plantation home.