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A Ghostly Experience…Maybe

I think I am going to have to add yet another unusual experience to my resume. This past weekend I wanted to slip away from the hustle and bustle for a peaceful and relaxing weekend with Tonya to celebrate her birthday. We love to visit Bed & Breakfasts and go places we have never been together. Not wanting to drive far, we decided to visit Red Boiling Springs and stay at the historical Thomas House B&B for a couple of nights. It is actually kind of a mix between a 100 year old hotel and a B&B. Red Boiling Springs is about 90 minutes away from Mt Juliet up in Macon County on the border with Kentucky. As we were reading some of the online reviews from previous guests we began to look even more forward to our stay. Believe me; all of the stuff people had written about as far as the friendliness of the other guests and staff, uniqueness, food, historical look and feel, and so forth were all spot-on. This truly is a one-of-a-kind place to visit.

I had of course made reservations for two adults as we were traveling alone. However, I am not 100% sure that there were only two of us in the room after dark. It seems that this place is widely known to be haunted. In fact, were told that the folks from the Ghost Hunters Program have claimed that this hotel is the second most “active” place in the entire United States when it comes to documented paranormal experiences. We are not absolutely positive, but we may have been paid a visit by “Sarah”, an 8 year old girl who died there decades ago. Those may have even been the tiny footsteps we heard running up and down the halls at night. It’s possible that we also were in the presence of a former pastor at the haunted church at the end of the drive where we spent several hours in near total darkness sitting around in a small circle in the middle of the night. There were, of course other past family members and friends that while unseen, may have in our midst. And all of that happened on our first night there!

We decided that on Saturday, we needed to slip away for our weekend get-away for a day of sightseeing. That little day trip took us to Tompkinsville, KY to the burial site of Daniel Boone’s relatives. Some of the headstones in that small State Historical Shrine (Old Mulkey Meeting House) dated to pre-Revolutionary War times. How we coincidently and unexpectedly ended up visiting an old cemetery during this trip remains yet another mystery. Before settling in for our second night of what we thought would be a peaceful night’s rest, we visited Celina, TN near the dam at Dale Hollow Lake and the antique stores in Gainesboro, TN. Along the way we passed thru many tiny towns that might remind one of Mayberry or maybe Walton’s Mountain.

Back at the hotel on Saturday night, let’s just say we watched movies with the lights on until the sun came up on Sunday morning. I can’t really say exactly how many new friends we made that weekend, as I am sure we never actually shook hands with several of them. We are looking closely at some of the pictures we took while there. The number of people that can be seen in some of them is open to interpretation I guess. Either way it was a memorable weekend. Just when I thought I already knew all of the reasons why I love Mt Juliet so much, I have found yet another. I hope you will join me right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and be sure to visit us 24/7 at www.mtjulietchamber.com.

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