Joe Tennis is the author of many books, including Southwest Virginia Crossroads"; "Washington County, Virginia" ;"Sullivan County, Tennessee"; "Haunts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands"; "The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia"; and "Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol."He has written about rail trails across Virginia since 1992 for newspapers and magazines such as Blue Ridge Country, Bristol Herald Courier, the Roanoke Times, Virginia Living and Hampton Roads Magazine."
Haunts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlandsby Joe Tennis
A Confederate soldier forever lost at Cumberland Gap, the wispy woman of Roanoke College and the spectral horse that runs the streets of Abingdon are among the restless spirits of southwestern Virginia. Join local author Joe Tennis as he takes readers on both sides of the Blue Ridge to explore the ghostly tales of Appalachia and the Crooked Road. Peer over the rim
A Confederate soldier forever lost at Cumberland Gap, the wispy woman of Roanoke College and the spectral horse that runs the streets of Abingdon are among the restless spirits of southwestern Virginia. Join local author Joe Tennis as he takes readers on both sides of the Blue Ridge to explore the ghostly tales of Appalachia and the Crooked Road. Peer over the rim of the New Castle Murder Hole, dive into the mysteries of Mountain Lake and wander among the lost graves of Wise County to discover the haunted lore of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands.
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Joe Tennis provides a wonderful overview of the Southwest Virginia region in Haunts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands. The book is a lot like a guidebook to the area - but fun and focused on some spooky and mysterious accounts. Check out the story of the man who shows up in the lightning at Breaks Interstate Park or the picture with the moving eyeballs at Mountain Lake. Most tales are short and easily read, and the last may be the most chilling - about the author's personal experience of spending a night at the Reynolds homestead that is worth the price of admission alone! This book also fleshes out a wonderful tale of the Cumberland Gap - with a ranger describing a Civil War soldier blocking a set of stairs. Obviously, the author - and subsequently, the reader - benefit from his experience as a newspaper journalist. Tennis gives us the what, when and where - but sometimes leaves the "Why?" and even the "What?" for the reader to decide. Is there really a haunt? Well, that's why this book is so necessary. It's very well-written and will likely inspire you to take a road trip to discover what haunts the highlands.
We really like how this book captures the southwest mountains in Virginia. One story that stands out is about Greystone, this mansion in St. Paul, and another is what happened to all the coffins at Wise at the old Clinch Valley College. I also like all the history. You can tell the writer likes this area and knows this area. The story of the Black sisters in Christiansburg is terrifying, and so is the one about the Grahams in Wythe County. Even the little stories - like the love story/romeo-juliet in Rocky Mount - makes you want to go and see if you can see the spirits. This book gives you a lot of details in finding the places where the ghosts are supposed to be. I know we'll have a lot of fun looking for all the haints and haunts around the New River Valley and even in the dormitory at Radford. There was once a haunt at Heth House and allegedly one at Tyler Hall. Good stories and good pictures. I can't wait to read it all again.