Franklin, KY is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Octagon Hall Museum. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The Octagon Hall Museum is an antebellum, eight-sided, three-story brick home. Construction started in 1847 and continued until it was finished in 1859. It is one of only four brick eight-sided homes remaining in this country. Initially, built as the residence of Andrew Jackson Caldwell and his family. Caldwell was a slaveholder and Confederate sympathizer. It was known that Confederate soldiers could receive shelter, medical care and be hidden from the Union forces at Octagon Hall.
During the Civil War, the famous "Orphan Brigade" took temporary shelter here, with an estimated 12,000 rebel troops encamped and an estimated force of eighteen thousand Union troops in pursuit also camped on the Caldwell farm for several days. The Caldwell family continued to live there even after Andrew died in 1866. Harriet, his widow, lived in the Octagon Hall until selling the house in 1918 to Doctor Miles Williams, from Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Williams resided there until he died in 1954. Octagon Hall then became a rental property. It remained rental property until The Octagon Hall Foundation was formed and obtained the building in 2001. The Octagon Hall Foundation continues its efforts to save the past for the future.
The traces of the haunted that were inherited with such a rich history starting escalating with renovations of the building. There is a story of a wounded soldier dying from his wounds while hiding in the attic. It is known that there are at least two soldiers buried on the property.
Many have claimed to see apparitions of an adult male in the window, ghostly children, playing in the driveway and ghostly presence in the basement are all common activity on the property. A ghost of a man riding a wagon in the back yard has also been seen.
Evidence of hauntings includes strange noises as though someone was walking about the house-footsteps, doors moving. The basement kitchen is a particularly spooky place. Many years ago, in the 1860s, there was a little girl who burned near the fireplace.
The Hall's haunted residents have been the subject of documentaries for PBS, The History Channel, as well as The Discovery and Sci-Fi Channels, featured in Ghost Hunters, Haunted Collector, and My Ghost Story.
In 2019, the Octagon Hall Museum took part in the World's Largest Ghost Hunt. http://www.nationalghosthuntingday.com/
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