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: Ghost City Tours
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.
Equipment setup: I had a IR camcorder, IR illuminator facing into Martha’s room and placed in the room was the EM Vortex, REM Pod and Paracorder 667. A full-spectrum camera was positioned to shoot down the upstairs hallway towards the Operating
Rooms with a large IR
illuminator. Also down that corridor was placed a set of IR motion detectors, a
series of negative ion detectors and an EM Pump. Another set of IR motion
detectors was positioned down the entrance hallway along with a series of
negative ion detectors and Stan’s IR camera. The G.E.I.S.T. equipment was
placed in Martha’s room along with an additional IR camera and GhostMic.
The Ghost Research Society re-investigated Old South
Pittsburg Hospital on May2-3, 2014. Team
members included: Stan
Suho, Kathie Para, Marge Sucha, Sandy Weber, Michael Wright and Dale Kaczmarek
with help from Bob Davies, Lori Leger and Chris Williams from Champaign-Urbana
Paranormal Society, Jeanne Chilton and Mike McElhiney from PRIOM and James
performed: EVP, Ghost Box and
Ovilus X sessions were conducted in the Geriatrics Wing, Martha’s Room, the
Operating hallway, Nursery, Pharmacy and Operating Room. We also conducted a
recreation of a surgical procedure in one of the Operating Rooms.
Wright: Arrived Friday afternoon at the hospital, when I
was carrying in equipment got a very uneasy feeling in the hallway by the back
entrance, that particular hallway was the most difficult to spend time in.
Later that night a small
group of our team did a EVP session in the hallway by Geriatrics my recorder
started malfunctioning, so I did not get much recorded during any of the
sessions, it would stay on for a short while then it would shut off.
On Saturday we did several
The first session was in
the hallway by the Bio Hazard Lab, Kathy Para was using her dowsing rods and the
rods were responding to questions that were being asked.
The second EVP session was
Nursery which did not appear to be active.
The third session was in
the hallway upstairs outside the Nursery and the door swung open right before
the door opened my K-II meter spiked to the highest level several times then it
went back to 2 lights, also felt uncomfortable (later when I went in that
hallway there was only 1 light.)
Later that night we did a
re-enactment of a surgery I was the patient and during the anesthesia part I was
counting down and there was a voice that was picked up on the recorders finishing
Did not get any uneasy
feelings while that was going on.
Also did an EVP session
outside Martha's room, the only thing that I experienced was felling uneasy
doing the session.
Really liked this
investigation overall OSPH was a very interesting place.
Dale Kaczmarek: The
swinging doors swung open on the 2nd floor near the Nursery while we
were conducting an EVP session. We tried to recreate the event but were unable
to make the heavy doors swing open against the door stop. While I was setting up
an IR camera pointing into Martha’s room, my IR illuminator on a very sturdy
tripod was struck hard by something unseen and when I turned to the direction of
the light, it was still moving! I heard a strange sound or voice near the
elevators by the Nurse’s Station. Later when several of the group was
discussing the elevator situation and the occasional sounds prior visitors had
heard coming from the closed shaft, all of us clearly hear the “ding” of the
elevator like when it would arrive at the floor. While conducting an EVP session
in the Nursery, all of the participants clearly heard the sound of door followed
by footsteps in the hallway. Jeanne immediately got up to check the hallway and
found nobody there. Almost every time I had to go up to the 2nd
floor, I got creeped out and had the hair on my arms stand up on end.
Suho: This was our third visit to hospital. We were joined by Jeanne's
group, Bob's group, and Jim a local. After the walkthrough, I decided to set up
G.E.I.S.T. in Martha's room. An alternate camera was placed focusing down the
entrance hallway. Last time we got some good paranormal effects at both places.
In spite of the large group we were insulated from each other and did not
interfere with one and other.
complete G.E.I.S.T. setup was used with all recording instruments perking.
GhostMic, GhostCam, DVR, and Audacity Laptop were running constantly. My second
camera focused down the entrance hallway. This was right at the spot where the
last time some strange lights appeared around Jeanne.
My part of the investigation proceeded smoothly and at the end of the second night I went around and turned off all my equipment. To my surprise the next morning when I walked into Martha's room, there was the LED on the GhostMic glowing brightly. Since Martha's room was pitch dark the previous night I would have spotted this. I might attribute this to ole absent minded Stash except something very similar happened on our last two visits, which I mentioned to Dale at the time. When not busy with the Command Post activities I walked around with the other groups taking pictures “for the website". Except for the aforementioned glowing LEDs on the GhostMic, nothing of a paranormal nature occurred to me or was recorded on several recording devices.
As usual this was a very active place. As for the GhostMic Led being turned on I don't know what to make of it. However I will give the place two thumbs up.
Sandy Weber: Location:
Old South Pittsburg Hospital, South Pittsburg, TN
The weather both days was in the mid 70’s, sunny, no rain.
At night, the temperature dropped to the high 50’s.
The night sky was mostly clear, with a slight crescent moon.
investigators present from GRS: Dale, Marge, Kathie, Mike, Stan.
Also present were Bob Davies and two members of his team, and Jeanne
Chilton and two members of her team.
Equipment: Sony camcorder set on night shot with
very sensitive microphone
witnessed by investigator
night: After a
detailed tour conducted by Jeanne Chilton, our first investigation was in the Geriatric
Wing, sitting on the floor in the corridor.
Looking down the corridor several hundred feet to the intersecting
hallway, I saw a dark figure walk across the intersecting hallway and then a few
seconds later it appeared walking back in the other direction.
The whole corridor was dark, but the figure was darker. The walk was
confident—not as if the person was walking in the dark.
There was one figure, only.
A few seconds later, two members of Bob Davies’ team emerged from the
intersecting hallway and walked down the connecting corridor to where we were
sitting in the Geriatric corridor. They
said they had not seen anyone else in the hallway they had come from, and they
had not crossed the corridor and then reversed their direction before walking
down the connecting corridor to where we were sitting.
said that is the location where a dark figure has been seen walking.
Fortunately, I had my camcorder pointing in that direction.
reviewing the footage and stopping the video mid-frame, I was able to determine
that the figure was wearing light pants, a dark top, and a lighter dark top over
it. However, the figure was
looking downward—not the posture that would be expected of a healthcare worker
and too confident and purposeful to be a patient.
Reviewing the footage of the two investigators when they reached our end
of the corridor, one was wearing light pants and a dark top but not a second
layer of a lighter dark top. She
also had a headlight. (Note: this is how it appeared on night shot.)
I do not believe the investigator in the light pants had time to remove a
layer of clothing, and they insisted they had not crossed the corridor before
returning to walk down it towards where we were sitting in the Geriatric Wing.
I am “on the fence” about whether the figure I saw was the
investigator wearing the headlight.
that night, I slept in a hospital room with Kathie, Marge, and Mike.
I had the camcorder set on a tripod and filmed us sleeping for about 3˝
hours. Nothing of interest was seen
On Saturday during the day, I mainly used the camcorder, while Mike used
the FLIR. I filmed a session with
dowsing rods held by Kathie and then by Marge.
Something appeared to communicate with them.
I had to move away from where I could get a good view of the rods with my
camcorder because it did not like me standing that close.
Therefore the camcorder did not document it very well.
That night, we did an EVP session in the “Nursery.” Jeanne used the
FLIR while most of the investigators from the teams gathered around the walls.
Opposite Jeanne was a mirror. I
was standing to the left of the mirror (from Jeannie’s point of view).
On Jeanne’s left was a member of Bob’s team.
There was a picture on the wall behind her left shoulder.
Jeanne saw something dark blue (cold) move in and out of the mirror on
the wall opposite Jeanne. She asked
us all to raise our hands, and the blue figure in the mirror did not raise its
hand. Jeanne managed to snap a
picture of it. Reviewing the shot
later with Jeanne, she confirmed that that was the head and one shoulder of
what she had seen moving in and out of the mirror.
I was using my camcorder during the session.
In my opinion, the photo was of the left shoulder and head of the member
of Bob’s team standing in front and to one side of the picture on the opposite
wall. Assuming she raised her right
hand when Jeannie asked us all to raise our hands, her right hand would not have
been reflected behind her in the glass over the picture.
In my opinion, Jeanne’s FLIR shot was of the reflection in the mirror
of the reflection in the glass over the picture.
The FLIR registered a cold reading, rather than the warm reading that
would be expected for a human, because it registered the temperature in the
Later that day, during an EVP session on the third floor, we heard doors
slamming. We determined that the
slams were made by “Big Mike” from Jeanne’s team, as a joke.
Later that night, we had an interesting EVP session in the “surgery”
where GRS team member Mike played a patient about to have a vasectomy.
Jeanne was the doctor about to do the surgery, and Dale was the
anesthesiologist. Jeanne played her
digital recorder back immediately after the session.
The most interesting finding was when Jeanne instructed the patient to
count back from 10, advising him that he would be asleep before he reached
“1”. He stopped counting at 6,
but something seemed to whisper "5…4…3.”
The voice was quite clear on the “5” and “3” and had the quality
usually heard on an EVP. I filmed
the session on my camcorder and heard something at that point but could not
identify words as clearly as they had appeared on Jeanne’s recorder.
Particularly interesting to me is that if this voice was from an
“entity,” it clearly had a sense of humor, since nothing we were doing
looked like a real operation was about to start—more like a Saturday Night
Live skit with everyone laughing and acting silly. (It was really fun!) Although
I found that evidence quite interesting, we know that a member of Jeanne’s
team purposefully contaminated the earlier investigation, and in my opinion, all
EVP evidence is suspect—particularly where Jeanne was involved—because his
motive apparently was to play a joke on her.
I made no clear paranormal findings.
However, I question what the dark figure was that I saw during the
investigation in the Geriatric Wing.
stayed at Old South Pittsburg Hospital for 48 hours, which gave us time to do
some extensive investigating. Also present were members of PRIOM and CUPS.
had quite a bit of activity starting almost as soon as we walked in. We got
evidence from every piece of equipment we had available to us, including our own
eyes, ears and bodies. It is quite a remarkable place for sure. Some of our
were plentiful. In one session we were acting out a surgical procedure in
Surgery. When our “patient” stopped counting backwards from ten
“someone” finished the counting for him. We weren’t aware of this at the
time, but only after listening to out recorders. *We also picked up the beeping
of heart monitors on the same recorders. That would make perfect sense in an
also got disembodies screams, whispers and voices. *There were several instances
of people’s hair standing on end and feeling touched. *Shadows were seen
throughout the building that couldn’t be explained (both with the naked eye
would love to go back to this location. It is one of the most active places
I’ve been to.
Marge Sucha: We arrived Friday May 2
early afternoon. It was warm
Since this was a 2 day
investigation a full set up was done.
Shortly after we arrived,
Stacy, from OSPH was going over some details and started explaining that the
elevators were not working. As soon
as the words were out a bell rang from the elevator 3 times.
It was a bell you would here as the elevator arrives on your floor.
Jeanne gave us a tour of
the hospital and shared with us her past experiences at OSPH. I
had my recorder running the whole time. Near
the end we were walking down some of the hallways we had been in earlier and
Kathie Para asked me " What happen to the (I didn't hear what she said. My
recorder picked up what appears to be a female voice asks “what's that?"
We did our first EVP
session on the second floor in the hallway around the nurse’s station down by
the nursery. Several of the
investigators heard the door stopper moving and noticed one of the doors in the
hallway was moving away from the wall to a closed position.
Next we did an EVP session
in the hallway in the Geriatric Ward. I
did catch a whisper in my recorder but could not make out the words.
We were asked politely using the Ovilus we were asked three times to
leave and decided to move down the hall into Martha’s room.
Jeanne was using a FLIR
camera and saw an extra figure coming in and out of the camera view.
Tried to debunk it by raising our hands switching people around but it
could not be debunked. Pretty
Mike, Kathie, Sandy and
Marge decided to do an EVP session with dowsing rods in what we referred to as
the creepy hallway. This was the
hallway you had to walk thru when you entered the building.
With a series of yes and no questions we found out that there was a young
woman between 25-30 who had an accident and died in the hospital in the
1980’s. Her name is Irene.
She was not married and did not have any children.
She is there waiting for someone. (Parents?)
Sometimes she appears as a shadow person and tries to scare people.
She really liked the previous caretakers and misses them.
During our session several times Stan came over to adjust his cameras and
Irene would not answer our questions when he was around, but would resume when
That evening we had another
EVP session in the Geriatrics hallway and we asked Martha if she knew who Irene
was. She replied yes and we
asked her if she knew how she died and the answer was "fall"
Our next EVP session was in
the Nursery. As we were
settling down we heard walking and the outside door to the Nursery opening.
Jeanne went out to check it out and no one was there.
Several investigators saw different color lights appearing around the
We went up to the 2nd floor
surgery room and several investigators reenacted a surgical procedure in the
We picked up some great
EVPs during this session.
We did another EVP session
on the second floor by the Nurse’s Station down by the Nursery.
Except for a few cranks, this session was pretty quiet.
female cry osph.MPG – a second distant female cry is audibly heard while
conducting an EVP session in the Nursery.
Accident osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Geriatrics hallway on the 2nd
night, a question was asked, “Were you in an accident?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “Accident.”
Aid RN osph.MPG – during
an Ovilus session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “Are you assigned to
work in the Nursery or are you a nurse in the Psychiatric Wing?” The Ovilus
responds with, “Aid, RN.”
Bullshit osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “Can you tell
us the name of the nurse we have in here?’ The Ghost Box responds with,
Creepy response opsh.MPG
– during a Ghost Box session in the Geriatrics hallway on the 2nd
night, a question was asked, “Is that somebody’s spirit?” A creepy
response comes through the Ghost Box.
Cry osph.MPG - a cry is heard in the background during our investigation of Old South Pittsburg Hospital in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
Door opening osph.MPG –
during an EVP session in the 2nd floor hallway near the Nursery a
heavy door began to swing open against a door stop.
Female distant cry opsh.MPG
- during an EVP session in the nursery a question was asked, “Was that you
coming in here to talk with us? I think I heard you trying to say something. Can
you repeat it for us now?” A distant female cry was heard by several in the
Five three osph.MPG –
during a role playing event in the Operating Room, Michael Wright was the
patient being asked to count backwards from ten and to stop at six. Something
continues to count. “Five, three, two.”
Geriatrics hello.MPG –
while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Geriatrics Wing, the Ghost Box says,
Geriatrics voice.MPG –
while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Geriatrics Wing, the Ghost Box
produces a voice that almost sounds like a scream.
Get out.MPG – during the
initial walkthrough of the building, a disembodied whisper is heard in the
background saying, “Get out.”
Hallway cry.MPG – while
conducting an EVP session in the 2nd floor hallway, a cry was heard
coming from down the hallway.
Help pain osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery a question was asked, “Do you know
who the baby belongs to that’s been seen in the hallway?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “a creepy sounding ‘help’ followed by a female voice saying
‘pain’ apparently in great pain.”
Hospital osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “What kind of
building is this?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Hospital.”
Just a couple osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “How long did
you work here?’ The Ghost Box responds with, “Just a couple...”
Leave osph.MPG – during a
Ghost Box session in the Geriatrics hallway, a question was asked, “You
don’t want to us your name?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Leave!” A
another question was asked, “Could you please repeat that?” The Ghost
responded with, “Leave!”
Medical monitor beeping
osph.MPG – at the beginning of the role playing experiment in the
Operating Room, the sound of a medical monitor can be heard beeping in the background.
No osph.MPG – during a
role playing event in the Operating Room, a comment was made, “Ok heart rate
is stable.” A female whispery voice is heard saying, “No.”
No2 osph.MPG – during an
EVP session in the 2nd floor hallway a question was asked, “Do you
have anything you want to tell us?” A whispery voice comes through and says,
Not for me.MPG – during a
role playing event in the Operating Room, a comment was made, “That was a
close one.” A female whispery voice is heard in the background saying, “Not
Nursery ghost box voice.MPG
– while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a strange voice comes
through the device.
Nursery I got you and
repeated.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a voice
comes through that says, “I got you” and then repeats the same sentence
Nursery not clear and
yeah.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a voice comes
through that sounds like, “Not clear.” A question was asked, “Are you
trying to keep someone from talking to us?” The Ghost Box responds with,
Nursery pills.MPG – while
conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked," Why are
you in pain?” The Ghost Box responds with, “…pills.”
Nursery scream.MPG –
while conducting an EVP session in the Nursery, a distant female scream was
Nursery voice.MPG – while
conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “Do you
need help?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Help” followed by what sounds
Nursery we’ll take
‘em.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a comment was
made, “There are a couple of trained nurses in here.” The Ghost Box responds
with, “We’ll take ‘em.”
Nursery what do you
want.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, the Ghost Box
says, “What do you want?”
Nursery whisper.MPG –
while conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery a whisper was heard.
Nursery yell.MPG – while
conducting a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “Why were
you screaming? Were you hurt?” The Ghost Box responds with what sounds like,
PA voice1.MPG – a strange
voice sounding like it comes over a PA system was heard on the static IR
camcorder set up in Martha’s Room.
PA voice2.MPG – another
strange voice sounding like it comes over a PA system was heard on the static IR
camcorder set up in Martha’s Room.
PA voice3.MPG – still
another strange voice sounding like it comes over a PA system was heard on the
static IR camcorder set up in Martha’s Room.
Pills osph.MPG – during a
Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “What do they give you
for the pain?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Pills.”
Probably was Florence
osph.MPG – during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked,
“Last time we were here, there was a woman screaming. Was that you?” The
Ghost Box responds with, “Probably was Florence.”
Son of a bitch osph.MPG –
during an Echovox session in the 2nd floor Nurses Station the Echovox
says, “Son of a bitch.”
Strange female voice.MPG
– a strange female voice was picked up on the audio track of the static IR
camcorder placed in Martha’s Room.
Terrible bitch osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the 2nd floor Nurses Station, a
question was asked, “How many people are with us now?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “Terrible bitch.”
Therapy.MPG – while
conducting an Ovilus session in the 2nd floor hallway, the Ovilus
Think so osph.MPG –
during a Ghost Box session in the Nursery, a question was asked, “Do you enjoy
working here?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Think so.”
Whispering osph.MPG –
during an EVP session in the 2nd floor Nurses Station, a whispering
female voice is captured in the background. Cannot be entirely sure it’s
Who are you.MPG – at the
conclusion of the role playing experiment in the Operating Room, a whispered
voice is heard to say, “Who are you?”
Conclusions: This location just continues to produce top-quality evidence and personal experiences every time we investigate. It is my firm belief that there are not only intelligent spirits still walking the halls of Old South Pittsburg Hospital but quite a number of residual traces as well. This is evident from the massive amounts of EVP and sometimes direct contacts and responses through the Ghost Box and Ovilus. The door swinging on the 2nd floor was a very unique experience and was a bit unnerving to some at first because it was so unexpected.
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