Things that go bump in the night...and sometimes even talk back to you
Chattanooga has quite the supernatural history, and with extensive knowledge of local paranormal phenomena, Chattanooga Ghost Tours is ready to take you on a ghostly adventure.
CGT offers two different types of tours: an informative walk or an investigative hunt. Looking for a more unnerving experience, I went with the hunt, a full-fledged investigation with ghost-detecting equipment, such as a periscope to pick up static energy, a temp gun to measure shifts in temperature, and a ghost meter that blinks red when EMF (Electromagnetic Frequency) is picked up.
While our walk spanned 2.5 blocks, visiting four locations and picking up EMF at every spooky spot, our starting point was where the true test of my mental stability came into play. I’m not one to question things I couldn’t possibly understand, but going into the tour, I was unconvinced that my group would have any real contact with spirits…I was wrong.
From the moment our tour guide, Hope, began explaining the function of each piece of equipment, there was interference from something. Someone else was on her mic. “Something’s playing with my speaker already…It’s gonna be a good night,” she told us.
Our group huddled around Hope in the Read House courtyard, our ghost meters glowing red as a voice crackled through the speaker Hope used to communicate with spirits. The few skeptics left in the group had their suspicions quashed when a young boy in the group challenged the spirit, to which the voice replied with one word: “Liam”—the boy’s name.
As in any city and its development, strange things have happened: a murder here, an unexplainable death there, but what’s truly mesmerizing is what is left behind.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there’s something chilling about standing outside places like the Read House Hotel, knowing the rumors that circulate inside the walls and what haunts lie within.