Haunted Waters of the Holston River
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Many say that water can carry the memories of the dead and amplify their voices. Perhaps that’s what is going on along the banks of the Holston River, where the ghost of Rowena Ross still wanders in her wedding gown, or where Kingsport, Tennessee’s very own hellhound still howls in the nearby woods.
Of course, what is most terrifying about this river, besides its dangerous currents and ghostly visitors are the things, both living and dead, that reside under the water of the lakes it flows into. You’ll never think of the waterways of the Tennessee Appalachians in the same way after you listen to the episode above. Would you swim in these waters, knowing what lies beneath?
The H Files
Welcome to The H Files: a limited-run miniseries where we delve deep into the folklore and science behind ghostly sitings and urban legends. This series began September 1 and will run every other Tuesday until November. If you would like to discuss anything you hear on the episode, please reach out to us in our Facebook Group or through Instagram. And, as always, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the show, you can always email us at info@HomespunHaints.com.
Primary source: Becky’s own memories of folklore dispensed during her youth in Kingsport, TN
Justus, Anthony. “Rotherwood: House of Hell.” Haunted Spots Library. https://hauntedspotslibrary.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/rotherwood-house-of-hell/. Accessed 20 September, 2020.
Wright, Laura. “The Phipps Come to Rotherwood.” Virginia Creeper: The Appalachian History and Folklore Magazine. https://vacreeper.com/phipps-come-rotherwood/. Accessed 22 September, 2020.
Scoggins, Katherine. “History on Display at Rotherwood’s Bicentennial Celebration.” Kingsport Times News. https://www.timesnews.net/news/local-news/history-on-display-at-rotherwoods-bicentennial-celebration/article_97c287ca-f63d-56bf-9dd8-087b32cb7661.html. Accessed 23 September, 2020.
Things Living in Lakes
Until next time, have a spooky day!