My second visit to the Bell Witch cave last Sunday went alright until we went deep into the cave where many visitors from afar crowded among the the rock formation with little space in between.
It was breathtaking to say at the least. I experienced shortness of breath as the tour guide discussed her experience talking with a geologist about the world ending events with rising temperatures, her theory on the Native Americans haunting on the Bell property and John Bell’s sons getting stuck in the cave until something of the unknown freed them.
One thing the tour guide mentioned is that the “witch” had spiritual moments where she would hum and speak about different Biblical hymns and subjects regarding religion.
In regards to who or what the witch was, the media twisted facts about the Bell Witch and Kate Batts. Batts was John Bell’s neighbor who made a bargain with him and he broke his promise to which she sought for in the court of law. From that point forward, the unknown presence despised Mr. Bell to the core and ensured that he would get a taste of his own medicine.
Betsy was tortured as well until she married Professor Richard Powell and moved to Mississippi until her death in 1888.
For more information, please visit The Bell Witch website or Pat Fitzhugh’s website. Both sites have more clarification concerning about the witch and the town’s historical significance in regards to the Bell family and their descendants.
The group split into two and drove to various locations in Adams to interview locals about the Bell Witch, her existence and unknown information in regards to the taunted Bell family.
Diana, Joseph and John drove to fancy restaurants and the canoe rental in Adams about the historical significance of the Bell family and how the legend carries out to this day. Meanwhile, Anita, Rae and Arnold visit local motels and speak with guests and employees to find out what they witnessed while staying in Adams for a short amount of time.
They arrive at a hotel called “Presence Among These Halls.” The group of three order a meal of steak, shrimp and pasta. As they are awaiting for their food arrival, they begin interviewing guests about their experiences at the hotel and visit to the Bell Witch cave.
Janet, a guest at the hotel shared “I went inside the cave with my husband and it was a daunting experience. There was a narrow path with a wishing well where visitors dropped change in there and soon we see an empty Indian grave. It was small enough for a child to be buried there but the remains vanished for quite some time. The tourist told us about a rock on the wall that had the shape of a witches face. When I walked back to the empty grave in the cave, my husband came looking for me and couldn’t find me. I hollered and told him that I am standing next to him but he didn’t hear nor see me. It was strange and from that point forward, I did not want to go back. Some strange phenomena blocked out the sound of my voice. An unknown presence, that is.”
Meanwhile at the restaurant “Laid Back,” the other students interviewed an elderly lady named Joan who was born and raised in Adams. She brought up to them that she and her kids went to the cave several years back when they were under different owners. As she was purchasing tickets, her kids vanished without a trace. She panicked and thought they hid behind the house where it once stood. “My kids took off without letting me know. I screamed for minutes until they ran with a petrified expression on their faces. The wind blew the grass so hard and the clouds turned dark we left the grounds immediately. The kids wanted me to drive to the cemetery but I told them no and sped away for good riddance. I will no longer partake in that paranormal phenomena and stay away from that area as much as possible.”