Monday, January 25, 2010

Riverhaven


Most ghost stories are creepy. They hint at some unhappy soul lurking just beyond reality waiting to do us harm. The Riverhaven cabin is haunted, but the ghosts there seem pleasant and inviting.

Riverhaven is a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN. It is described by the reality company as plesant and comfortable. This historic log home is an antique Chestnut log approx. 200 years old built in 1800. It has unique wormy Chestnut paneling inside. The cabin was constructed in the National Park and was moved in the 1930's to its current location in downtown Gatlinburg. The realtors website shows many pretty pictures of the cabin and if you rent it, when you enter you'll be pleasantly surprised by it's comfort and warmth.

Every cabin in Gatlinburg has a log or journal for visitors to share their experiences in. Typically, these logs are filled with stories of family vacations. Every page has the same bland pleasantries. It is as if they came from a script. Guests tell about their family, what they did, and the great time they had in the cabin. Riverhaven's journal is different. Each guest tells about flickering lights, moving objects, vanishing items, and odd noises. Not every resident there concludes the cabin is haunted, but every page indicated there is something odd about this pleasant cabin nestled by the river.

I only stayed at Riverhaven for three nights and for the most part it was quiet. I stayed with my family and we complained to each other about the lack of linens in the cabin. We searched it from top to bottom, pulling it apart in a futile quest for a table cloth or anything to cover the splintery, ancient dining table. Finally, on the first night we gave up and ate on our laps. We went to bed and dead bolted the door and locked the door with the sliding lock that even someone with a key couldn't open. In the morning, we awoke to find every table set with table cloths and silverware. The cabin was clean and pretty and we certainly hadn't left it that way when we went to sleep. We often laugh about this cabin as we flounder to explain our experiences there, but when I think of the strange journal there and the consistency of all the stories, I have to assume it was haunted by ghosts that liked us.

4 comments:

Atrueoriginall said...

That sounds darn interesting. Interesting enough for me to want to visit someday. I love staying in places such as those. Typically I stayed in cabins on the weekends in Big Bear, CA.

The most haunted experiences I have ever had away from home were at KOAs. My daughter and I did a 24 day 21 state trip a few summers ago and stayed in KOAs. Maybe it has something to do with the outdoors but we had experiences in both our tent and a cabin as well as major motion lucid dreaming each evening where we had experienced such.

On a separate note, I had a real creepy experience in a KOA on Manhattan but not of the ghostly kind.

We were sleeping in the tent and were suddenly awoken by a low banging sound just a few feet from us. We couldn't figure out what it was but it went on for over a half an hour and the noise was almost constant.

We both laid there in the tent and whispered about what we thought it might be and in between each sentence was another banging sound.

I was unnerved at some point and ready to open up the door to the tent when all of the sudden a shadow passed by. The only thing I could see from the shadow was that it wasn't human.

The noise stopped so we fell back asleep. There was absolutely no lighting at our particular tent site so there was no reason to go out and check what it was.

In the morning we woke up only to discover blood everywhere around the picnic table and tent.

The mysterious figure that decided to visit us was a raccoon who was opening up our playmate cooler (probably with his snout) and eating all of our food. We had a few pounds of raw ground beef on ice before we went to sleep. The ground beef was gone and we had a real nice mess to clean up. That little sucker ate everything that was in the cooler including the vegetables.

Lovely place though. We had deer all around that were a little timid but you could almost walk right up to them. It was a great time.

Jessica Penot said...

Racoons can be very scary visitors when you are camping at night. I've had them right outside our tent and they make so much noise it sounds like a bare is outside! If you ever want to stay in Riverhaven, you can rent it at ERA in the smokies.

Courtney Mroch said...

Not fair! When we stayed up in Gatlinburg we had no ghosts. Although, we didn't do a cabin. We ended up at a hotel that accepted dogs. So...never mind. But next time we go, I'll see if we can get in here! Thanks for the tip!

kgp1970 said...

I stayed in Riverhaven a few years ago. We have a few strange experiences. It really scared my Aunt and Grandmother. So we left a day early.