Rugby “The most haunted town in America”

Rugby “The most haunted town in America”

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NORTHEAST TENNESSEE. IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1880 BY AUTHOR THOMAS HUGHES……WHO WROTE THE FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK “TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS”…AND USED THE MONEY HE MADE FROM IT…TO BUY LAND ON THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU. HE WANTED TO ESTABLISH A UTOPIAN VILLAGE. THAT IDEA DIDN’T WORK… AND THEN TYPHOID FEVER TOOK THE LIVES OF MANY. TODAY RUGBY HAS A POPULATION OF 75 …MAYBE MORE IF YOU INCLUDE THE DEARLY DEPARTED WHO HAVE DECIDED TO STAY. IN THE SHADOW OF BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA …THE TINY VICTORIAN VILLAGE IN HISTORIC RUGBY HASN’T CHANGED MUCH IN THE LAST 120 YEARS. PERHAPS THAT’S WHY SOME OF THE SPIRITS OF THOSE LONG DEPARTED HAVE APPARANTLY DECIDED TO STAY…. SOT: HOWARD HAFFNER 10:01:11;06 ” I THINK WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THESE HISTORIC BUILDINGS UP HERE, YOU DEFINITELY GET THE SENSE THAT YOU ARE NOT BY YOURSELF” ONE OF THOSE BUILDINGS… THE OLD NEWBURY HOUSE–STILL OPEN FOR OVERNIGHT GUESTS.. THE SCENE OF MANY UNEXPLAINED EVENTS THROUGH THE YEARS… RUGBY RESIDENT HOWARD HAFFNER RECALLS THE DAY HE AND A FRIEND WERE IN THE KITCHEN OF THE HOUSE..THE ONLY ONES THERE…OR , SO THEY THOUGHT: SOT: HOWARD HAFFNER 09:58:08;09 ” WE HEARD CHILDREN LAUGHING IN THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. AND BOTH OF US HEARD IT.” SOT: 09:58:29;21 ” SO THERE WAS NO EXPLANATION FOR THESE CHILDREN LAUGHING AND THEN I ASKED AROUND IN THE VILLAGE AND OTHER PEOPLE HAD EXPERIENCED THAT SAME THING AT NEWBURY.” ” WITH OUR GUIDE JORDAN HUGHETT …WHO WORKS WITH THE HISTORIC RUGBY VISITOR’S CENTER.. WE VENTURED UPSTAIRS AT NEWBURY HOUSE ….TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANOTHER GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER MANY VISITORS HAVE EXPERIENCED. LONDON BUSINESSMAN CHARLES OLDFIELD, DIED IN THIS ROOM MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO…WHILE WAITING FOR HIS WIFE TO ARRIVE. NATS LORI 10:39:37;27 WALKS INTO ROOM “IT’S KINDA COLD IN HERE” SOME SAY…MR. OLDFIELD .. IS STILL THERE. NATS JORDAN HUGHETT 10:40:27;24 ” WHEN FEMALES STAY IN THIS ROOM IF THEY FEEL A NUDGE OR A TOUCH IT’S BECAUSE HE’S CHECKING TO SEE IF IT’S HIS WIFE COME BACK TO SEE HIM.” SO MANY VISITORS HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS PRESENCE… THEY MAKE TIME TO VISIT LAUREL DALE CEMETERY …WHERE MANY OF THE TOWN’S EARLY CITIZENS ARE BURIED.. CHARLES OLDFIELD’S GRAVE IS THERE TOO – YOU’LL FIND PENNIES ON HIS MARKER…PLACED BY THOSE PAYING THEIR RESPECTS. OTHER GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS: CLOSER TO TOWN ON AN OVERGROWN ROAD THERE HAVE BEEN SOUNDS OF A PHANTOM HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE… THERE’S A STORY TO TELL IN JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN RUGBY –17 OF THE ORIGINAL VICTORIAN STRUCTURES REMAIN…HOUSING THE THOMAS HUGHES FREE LIBRARY, WHERE EVERY BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 1900 OR BEFORE… BUT RUGBY ISN’T JUST A VILLAGE STEEPED IN THE PAST… THERE’S PLENTY OF LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT, AND DOZENS HAVE CHOSEN TO BUILD HOMES HERE BUT…THEY MUST FOLLOW RUGBY’S STRICT RULES. SOT: 12:58:19;12 LORI STANDUP” RUGBY IS ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES SO EVEN IN A NEWER DEVELOPMENT LIKE THIS , EVERY HOME MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE VICTORIAN STYLE. AFTER ALL, YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO UPSET THE SPIRITS, WOULD YOU?” LORI BACK AT NEWBURY HOUSE…WE NOTICED IN THE ROOM WE CHECKED…AN ELECTRIC CLOCK WAS FLASHING….NONE OF CLOCKS IN OTHER ROOMS DID THAT… JORDAN HUGHETT CHECKED WITH HOUSEKEEPING…A ND THEY SAID THEY JORDAN HUGHETT CHECKED WITH HOUSEKEEPING…A ND THEY SAID THEY KEEP TRYING TO REPAIR IT BUT IT ALWAYS STARTS FLASHING AGAIN…. HMMMMM….. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SET UP A TOUR OR STAY AT NEWBURY HOUSE IF YOU DARE… IT’S ALL ON OUR WEBSITE WATE.COM. BO: OUR COVERAGE OF HAUNTED TENNESSEE CONTINUES TONIGHT AT 5..

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