In 1778, the Chiaha Tribe located in what is
now called South Pittsburg, used this land to live, hunt, fish, and grow
orchards. During the Civil War the Chiaha Tribe gave safe passage to the Union
Soldiers to transport and store their artillery in the foothills behind the hospital. The most notable war event here was the bombing of the Union Army's
earthen redoubt, Fort
During the Civil war, Gamble Plantation was built here. There have been reports that there were shackles in the basement for slaves that they kept. This new information is currently being researched to find photos and more information.
Eventually the Union Army would regain control of the area by late summer 1863 and continue its grip until the end of the war. Despite not having a major battle here, the area was ravaged by the thousands of soldiers passing through the area during the war who took livestock, foods and other necessities from the area Native Americans and farmers for the benefit of their cause. This resulted in hard times for many of these families following the end of the war as the attempted to rebuild their lives.
In the doors opened
to a hospital situated on 2.3 acres in
In April of 1997, Hospital Corp. of America (HCA),
at the time the nation's largest hospital chain, held the groundbreaking for
The loss of their hospital dismayed many in the
community who felt that the new hospital should also be located in
1100 Holly Ave., South
Owner: Cindy Lydick
Hauntings: Over the years since its closing, there have been many
reports of unusual and paranormal activity relayed from
Upon years of research and contacts, some of the former nurses, employees and patients have come forward with their own experiences while working here when it was open. When the hospital was open many employees, patients and security have reported things moving in the hallways, such as medicine carts, shadow people, being touched by unseen hands, full body apparitions and many times the security was called thinking there was an intruder during all 3 shifts because they heard voices heard noises and saw shadow people lurking in the hallways and rooms. Come to find out that there was no one there, and no reasonable cause.
Some of the nurses that worked here reported baby cries or woman screaming, when there was no one there. To this day teams often capture these sounds through EVPs and video. There seems to be many souls that still remain within the aging concrete walls of the Old South Pittsburg Hospital that really want to make contact and be heard.
There has been evidence that suggests that we have many young children and adults that remain and want to speak out to you! We have 2 doctors making rounds as usual, and one that doesn't like you going into the operating rooms without washing up.
One of the most common reports is of a large black shadow man we believe that is a pedophile of children. His menacing presence and doesn't seem to want you here!! He will tell you to Fuck Off, "Get the Hell Out", "Leave", and sometimes will tell the other spirits not to talk to us. There is a deep dark secret that he hides! When he is near, you have an overwhelming feeling of heaviness may occur. Although no one has been injured, this shadow man makes it clear he doesn't want you here! Slamming doors are very common here, voices and numerous EVPs captured reminds you his presence is strong. He has been sighted here on a regular basis. This is just one of the numerous experiences you may encounter while investigating.
From our best estimates, there are at least 8 children, 6 of which remain on the third floor. You may encounter one of the hospitals visitor’s favorites "Buddy", on the 3rd Floor. This is a small child probably about the age of two, wanting to play or asking you to pick him up. There has been a thermal video on this website that was captured of him. Baby cries and woman sobbing have been heard throughout the building.
There is an older woman on the 3rd Floor at the end of the hallway that tends to not like females, but will call out to the male guests. The second floor you may encounter one of the two Nurses that passed here. Or a male that died from TB as he calls out for "Help". A woman screaming or babies crying are very common here in all areas of the hospital.
One of saddest patients here is Hazel, an elderly woman. She is our screaming lady. Her voice has been captured here in the hallways with an unforgettable scream. Back in the day, she was admitted to the Hospital from a local nursing home for a mental observation then to go up to the Psych ward. She has a rough and gravely voice, and tells people to "Go Back!" After 3 days of her stay here, Hazel died from infections, and complications. She has been heard and recorded several places in the hospital. When you hear her scream or yell at you, you will never forget it!!
Down by the Bio-Hazard you sometimes feel and hear someone step closely behind you, only to turn around and no one is there. There have been several photos of the entity we call "Hissing man". He seems to beckon you as you walk near that area, with a "hey"!
In the basement, we have a fun spirit that we call the "Naughty Nurse". She doesn't seem to give up her name, but often will touch you softly in personal places or whisper things or laugh to let you know she is around. In the basement, you may encounter a residual Doctor walking around or black shadow that may walk right up to you. We have had many reports of an old Janitor here that died in the 60's when the Hospital was still operating, that still works around the building and doesn't like you criticizing his work. He is still looking for his keys. These are just some of the spirits that you might encounter here.
Some say all of this History and Geographical formations can amplify the paranormal activity that occurs here on a regular basis. There is the only “Ley Line” In TN located within 2 miles of the property. This Ley line runs directly through Russell Cave, where the Native Americans used to use.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Old South Pittsburg Hospital on July 5th & 6th, 2012. Team members included: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek with help from Jeanne & Michael Chilton and James Clauson.
Experiments performed: EVP sessions were conducted in the Geriatrics
Hallway, ICU, Martha’s Room, Room 305 (Nellie’s Room), pharmacy, and
Personal experiences: I thought I heard a voice directly next to me
while we were touring Room 305. I quickly spun my camera around and even Jeanne
noticed it and asked what the matter was. A couple of times I got that cobwebby
feeling of being touched but especially on the 3rd floor and Jeanne
was constantly getting that feeling the time she was there. I did feel very
strange and had the hair stand up on my arms and neck while setting up my camera
on the 3rd floor, even though it wasn’t even dark outside yet and
sunlight was streaming through some windows nearby. All of us clearly heard a
whimper or cry while conducting an EVP session in the Geriatrics Hallway after
Jeanne asked if she could take a picture of the spirit she thought she was
seeing at the end of the hallway. It clearly sounded twice, the first not as
loud as the second time.
Stan Suho: This
was a modern Hospital built in 1957. We entered the 2nd floor of a three story
building where our room was located. After a guided tour by our resident Ghost
Hunter we decided to set up at one of the Nurses stations. Since we had 2 days
this was an unhurried and relaxed chore. In addition we could leave the Command
Post set up over night. During the tour I took video and pictures of all the
reported active spots.
The standard G.E.I.S.T. was installed about half way
down a long hallway. The Ghost Camera was focused back toward the Command Post
area which was reported to be very active with shadow people. Some cables were
laid to the 3rd floor and down a long hallway to support Dale's Night Shot
Cameras. Three 7 in monitors were set up along with an Audacity Laptop.
Jeanie had joined us and was busy conducting several
experiments. Jeanie and Dale conducted many EVP sessions during the 2 days.
we had a couple of incidences of tampering, but upon re-thinking them, I
concluded they were just the result of jetlag from 10 hours on the road.
When not busy I tried conducting some EVP experiments
of my own. I even tried contacting Hank Williams. Hank must have rambled down
that Long Lost Highway because he wasn’t singing for me. Dale and the other
people spent a lot of time investigating the far corners of the Hospital. I
spent most of my time manning the Command Post. I also made several walk troughs
Bump voice.MPG the static IR
camcorder picked up a bump followed by a unintelligible voice in the background.
Cooing.MPG at the very
beginning of the clip before Jeanne asks whether or not I want to try the SPB-7,
there is a strange cooing sound in the background.
Cry.MPG – during an EVP
session in the Geriatrics Ward a question was asked, “Will you let me take
your picture?” A disembodied whine or cry was heard by all in the background
sounding like female.
Epod.MPG – after turning on the X-Cam full spectrum camera in Geriatric’s the device goes off and lights up as I walk away from it.
Geriatrics.MPG during an EVP
in the Geriatrics Ward just as the Ghost Box was turned on the Ghost Box says,
Geriatrics You did.MPG during a walk through of the Geriatrics Ward an EVP is picked up saying, "You did."
Hey.MPG – the static IR
camcorder facing the nurse’s station picked up a voice yelling, “Hey”
right after Stan opened up a can of soda.
Hospital.MPG during an EVP
session in the Nursery the Ghost Box says, “Hospital.”
Not yet.MPG during an EVP
session in Nellie’s Room a question was asked, “Have the doctors been in to
see you today?” A true EVP whispered voice responds with, “Not yet.”
Nurse.MPG during an EVP
session in the Nursery a question was asked, “Are you a nurse?” The Ghost
Box responds with, “I’m a nurse.”
Pharmacy EVP.MPG during an EVP session in the Pharmacy an EVP was picked up.
Purple light.MPG – the X-Cam
picks up a weird purple light in the doorway on the right side of the hallway.
Red light.MPG – the X-Cam
picks up a weird purple light in the doorway on the right side of the hallway
which then travels towards the walker and turns red.
Stairwell screaming.MPG we were accidentally locked in a stairwell but had our digital recorders still running at the time and they picked up a female screaming from down one of the corridors.
Temperature.MPG – the X-Cam
picks up a 8 degree temperature increase in about 30 seconds in the
Geriatric’s Ward hallway and wide sonic pings from 117-306 inches.
Voice in sentence.MPG the
static IR camcorder positioned in the upstairs hallway facing towards Room 305
picked up a whispering voice saying a whole sentence which is hard to make out
Voice.MPG the static IR
camcorder positioned in the upstairs hallway facing towards Room 305 picked up a
voice saying something near the 8 second mark.
Weird Voice.MPG – during our
initial walk through right after Jim stops speaking near the 8 second mark a
strange male voice is heard echoing through the hallway almost sounding like it
came over the PA system. In the video clip of the same event all people are
Woman scream.MPG during an
EVP session in the Pharmacy you hear the sound of my camcorder being turned on
followed by a short, high-pitched female scream in the background.
Conclusions: There were a lot of weird disembodied voices and sounds both heard and recorded such as the strange crying sound in Geriatrics Ward, the weird voice during our initial walk through, the cho cho cho sound and strange voices picked up upstairs on the static IR camcorders which lead me to believe that a lot of the phenomena was residual in nature. However the words hospital and Geriatrics that came over the Ghost Box are much more than coincidental and cannot be ruled out as radio station bleed over.
There were some intelligent responses to exact questions asked and the amazing picture that Michael took in Martha’s room which is very hard to explain away. I personally find it to be one of the most remarkable pictures I’ve seen in quite sometime for evidence of life after death. It was not lens glare or reflections of either flashes or IR light off the mirror but clearly show an older woman with her back to the picture taker in an older style dress and she is semi-transparent.
Additional experiments need to be performed next time using the trigger objects made available by the hospital such as doctor’s robes, stethoscopes and the PA system to create an atmosphere of a working hospital to see what kind of response can be elicited from the spirits.
I believe this location to be extremely haunted but most are probably residual in nature however several appear to be intelligent entities hanging on to this environment.
This is the photo taken in Martha's Room
Date: November 16th &17th, 2012 revisited
GRS Members present: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek with help from Bob Davies, Jeanne Chilton, James Clauson, Mari Bushway, Ken Singh and Jenn Hitt.
Equipment setup: G.E.I.S.T. was set up in the third floor hallway
just around the corner from the nurse’s station. A static IR camera,
illuminator and Paracorder 667 were also positioned in that hallway for the
first night. The second night the static IR camera was reversed to face the
nursery hallway. The second night the digital trap camera was positioned on the
third floor near the Operating Rooms facing generally towards the nursery area.
The full spectrum camera for the first night was placed in Geriatrics along with
two IR illuminators and the REM Epod on the walker. The second night all the
apparatus was moved to the crossroads facing in the opposite direction of the
Experiments performed: During the first night EVP sessions were
conducted in Martha’s Room, the crossroads, Recovery Room, Nellie’s Room.
The second night we began with a role-playing scenario in one of the operating
rooms where we had Jenn as a patient, Jeanne as a nurse and Dale as a doctor
along with pre-recorded sounds of a heart monitor and a patient going into
cardiac arrest. An EVP session was conducted in Geriatrics along with a fog
machine and laser grid. Additional EVP sessions were performed in Recovery Room,
300 hallway, 3rd floor hallway near nursery and 3rd floor
hallway near Room 305.
Personal experiences: I believe I had someone touch my hair while conducting an EVP on the 3rd floor hallway. I and the entire group clearly heard knocking sounds on our last EVP session in Nellie’s room. There was numerous times where I heard disembodied voices and/or responses to questions asked in real time with and without amplification. And, again, while conducting a walk through for some people who had never been here before I captured a scream in the background while walking through Geriatrics, captured a weird sound near the nurse’s station and a possible laugh.
While Jeanne was videotaping in Geriatrics, she clearly heard someone walking up behind her that none of us sitting on the floor heard and a few seconds later captured a weird light anomaly on her camcorder.
Localized cold spots frequented
many of our EVP sessions and a number of other researchers experienced the
sensation of being touched. Bob even claimed on a few occasions to have
witnessed a shadowy figure.
Stan Suho: This
was the second visit to this Hospital. We were joined by friends from
After everything was up and running I occupied my time
making walk throughs with the Night Vision viewer and taking pictures with my
34mm and Digital Camera. I also spent a lot of time following Jeanie and Dale
around during their EVP sessions and taking photos. An interesting session was
when Dr Dale and Nurse Jeanie preformed surgery on a patient in the O.R. The
patient was last seen wondering around mumbling something about malpractice.
We spent two long nights doing investigating and used just about every
hand device we had.
reviewing my recordings and photos I could find nothing paranormal. However
there were several places in the Hospital that we did not get to. Maybe one more visit and we
can consider this place investigated.
Aorta.MPG while conducting
an EVP session in Martha’s Room the Ovilus suddenly says, “Aorta.”
Blood Taste.MPG while conducting an EVP session in the Recovery Room, I suddenly got the taste of blood in my mouth.
Dale.MPG while conducting an
EVP session in the crossroads, a whispery voice sounds like it says, “Dale.”
Female Moan2.MPG while
conducting an EVP session in the 3rd floor hallway during a
conversation, a female moan can be heard in the background over the
Female Moan3.MPG while
conducting an EVP session near the crossroads suddenly a female sound or whimper
is heard in the background.
Female Moan4.MPG while
conducting an EVP session in the 300 hallway during a conversation, a female
moan or whimper can be heard in the background over the conversation.
Female scream.MPG during the
initial walk through and towards the end of the clip, you can hear a
high-pitched scream or cry of a woman.
Female voice.MPG while
conducting a Ghost Box session in the 3rd floor hallway near the
nursery, a question was asked, “Can I speak to the nurse who reports to this
floor?” A woman’s voice apparently responds to the question but it doesn’t
come through the Ghost Box. It was a disembodied voice.
Geriatrics footsteps.MPG while Jeanne Chilton was shooting with her full spectrum camera in the Geriatrics Ward hallway, she suddenly heard the sound of footsteps behind her and none of us were moving at the time. She also captured a weird light anomaly on her camcorder.
Green.MPG while conducting a
Ghost Box session on the 3rd floor hallway on the Room 305 side, a
question was asked, “Can you tell me what color they are?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “Green.” (A green laser grid was being used at the time.)
conducting an EVP session in Nellie’s Room on the last night, a thud followed
by knocking sounds can be heard.
conducting an EVP session in Nellie’s Room on the last night, additional
knocking sounds can be heard in the background.
Laugh.MPG Cindy was at the
nurse’s station relating a story and right after she says “mummy”, a deep
guttural laugh can be heard.
Loud crash.MPG a loud crash
was captured on the first night in the third floor hallway and there was
absolutely no one around at the time.
Mary.MPG the static IR
camera on the third floor on the first night captured this creepy whispering
voice that first says, “Mary” and then continues to whisper a phrase
afterwards which is unintelligible.
No.MPG while conducting an
EVP session in the Recovery Room, a question was asked, “Are you still in
pain?” A true EVP response says, “No.”
Nurses Station.MPG Bob Davies of Champaign Urbana Paranormal was filming the Nurse's Station area and when he panned to the left, he caught a whitish figure in the far right of the frame.
conducting an Ovilus session in Martha’s Room, a question was asked, “Can
you tell me who the dark figure is who has approached several women in the past
few weeks?” The Ovilus responds with, “Terrible.”
Voice.MP3 – while conducting
an EVP session in Geriatrics a voice is clearly heard speaking over others.
Voice in background1.MPG
while conducting the role-playing experiment in the Operating Room, voices in
the background can clearly be heard and they’re not coming from the
researchers in the room.
Voices in background2.MPG
while conducting the role-playing experiment in the Operating Room; additional
voices in the background can be heard.
Yes.MPG while conducting an
EVP session in the Recovery Room, a question was asked, “Would you like a pain
pill?” A true EVP response replies with, “Yes.”
This location never fails to disappoint me as far as paranormal activity is concerned especially disembodied voices. It seems to me that the people that lived, worked and died in this place may indeed still be lingering around this locale due to their untimely deaths or their great love of the place. Cold spots were felt by many but didn’t seem to register on the meters to the severity of cold that the witnesses were experiencing which isn’t uncommon. Bangs knocks and strange sounds still permeate this place along with the sensation of being watched or touched. I myself feel very strange in certain locations but especially on the 3rd floor walking towards Nellie’s Room and in Geriatrics. I constantly feel a charge in the air and usually have the hair on my arms sticking straight up indicating a presence.
This location is a ghost hunters dream and never fails to produce interesting and sometimes remarkable evidence. I would not hesitate in coming back down here to investigate again sometime in the future. It seems to me but especially investigators that have been here more than a few times that the spirits seem to grow accustomed to return visits from familiar people that they feel comfortable with and that don’t show any disrespect.
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