Fall Funtacular: The Mitchell House


LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Every year, October is the spookiest month of the year.

Ghosts come around and their stories are frequently told, such as the case with one Wilson County home.

Davis Nolan takes a look at the old MItchell House, where one of the founders of Castle Heights built the home for his family.

Unlike most ghost stories, this ghost seems to be a happy one.

Dr. David Mitchell built the house for his wife Elizabeth in the early 1900s.

“The two of them and their two children lived happily in the house for several years”, explained Julia Cawthon, a teacher at Cumberland University.

“But in 1919, one of their daughters contracted typhoid fever. During that time, Elizabeth was able to nurse her daughter back to health. But Elizabeth contracted the disease, as well, and she was dead within days. And David was devastated.

He put a massive monument over her grave, and he allowed the children to move to Florida with their grandparents. Then he moved to California, and the house stood vacant. Or so it seemed. And not too long after everybody moved out, people started reporting seeing a mysterious light in the house. And the light would start in one of these downstairs windows and then would kind of move systematically through the house.

And many said it was David coming back and checking on the house while he was passing through town on business. But nobody ever saw David.

And so the story began that it was Elizabeth, returning home to the place where she’d had so many happy memories.”

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