Photo by Robert Turner
RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Historic Society held it’s 2nd annual Haints and History Night at the Olde Jail in Rutledge Saturday, October 7. The storytellers were Adrian Cameron, Roe Baker, Sherry Beeler, Ken Coffey and Lisa Ray. Cameron told about the Cocke-Langley Mansion, Cherry Street, which is said to be haunted by ghosts from the Civil War. Baker portrayed Lydia Bean, the wife of William Bean, the first Europeans to settle in Bean Station. Beeler presented a ghost story about Civil War Cavalry soldiers. Coffey explored the history of Daniel Boone and William Bean following buffalo trails into East Tennessee and Kentucky. Ray informed attendees of a ghost near her home at Shields Creek.
Participants were given the privilege of going into the Rutledge Presbyterian Church, where they were able to see the stained glass windows.
The guides for the walks were Rob Ray, Bobby Spradlin, Eric Wayland and Amy Leedy. The walks began at the Olde Jail and continued to the Nance House, the courthouse back lawn, Henderson Chapel and ended at the Rutledge Presbyterian Church. Amy Aarons prepared and presented the Valley of Independence Volumes 1 and 2 for participants to view before or after their walk.
The Grainger County Historic Society expressed its thanks to Andy and Shane Aaron for ringing the church bell to coordinate the walks; Barbara Morgan’s FCCLA students, Allison Nichols, Ashlynn Nichols, Hailey Davenport and Hailey Collins, for helping make the storytelling successful; and Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department and Rutledge Police Department for helping with traffic control.