Probably the most famous witchcraft tale in America, the Bell Witch is said to have plagued John Bell and his family from 1817 to 1821. The phenomena that occurred did include spirits and images. But the main happenings were activity of a particularly violent nature, especially aimed at John Bell's daughter, Elizabeth, who was kicked, punched and bruised very often. The main spirit identified itself as "witch" Kate Betts, a neighbor with whom John Bell had agruments with about some slaves. People all over the county witnessed the ghost Kate, and even General Andrew Jackson had a personal experience with her. In the end, she claimed to cause John Bell's death from a mysterious illness.
The witch hung around and tormented Betsy Bell even after her father's death, so terrorizing her that she did not marry the man she loved because Kate did not want her to. Only after Betsy married another man did the witch leave for seven years, after which she returned to torment the family for two more weeks before ceasing to harass them. Many people believe that when she finally ceased her haunting of the Bell family, she went into a cave nearby and remains there, and that is the Bell Witch Cave. There have been a number of mysterious occurances at the cave over the years. Since the cave is dangerous with or without the witch hanging around, do not attempt to explore it on your own. The main part of the cave is fairly small, but there are many narrow and unsafe tunnels leading from it.
The cave is open for touring from 9 to 5 from May to October, and visitors may also tour a replica of the Bell cabin. The cost is $7 a person for the cave. The cost for touring the cabin is $5 a person.