Greens Caverns was among the 14 haunted places I wanted to Haunt Jaunt to in Tennessee, but I have a feeling it’s going to get dropped from the list. There’s one big reason why:
- I don’t think such a place exists.
I only started looking for it in earnest because of this comment a reader named Christy left:
Can someone plz tell me where Green’s Cavern is located at in Cleveland, TN? I have lived there my entire life and have no idea where it is nor does anyone I know have a clue as to where it is. Directions, a street name, anything would be of great help to me. Thanks!
I told Christy I’d look into it for her. I have. So far I’ve turned up nada.
I first heard of Greens Caverns from the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. (Which can be found among the listings on the Find Real Haunted Places page.) I think the legend of the reaper-like shadowy figure who lives in the caverns is going to turn out like the list of “officially” haunted places. (i.e. It’s all a big fat lie.)
However, I haven’t exhausted all my research avenues yet. I’m going to see if I can track when the legend first started being told.
It might not help us locate the cavern, though. Whoever started the rumor could’ve just named Cleveland, Tennessee as a convenient place in which to base it.
After all, there are a lot of caves in that region of the state. It’s not uncommon for them to have haunted lore associated with them either.
But the big difference there is those stories can all be traced to actual caverns. Greens Cavern doesn’t show up anywhere, except for a small blurb on Shadowlands and identical ones on Strange USA and Appalachian Ghost Walks. (Which is also a bit concerning. Just exactly who is plagerizing who? Not to mention spreading potentially incorrect information. Bad, bad, bad!)
So, Christy, for now I’m ruling this one an urban legend. But if I turn up any additional information about a real Greens Cavern and exacty where is it, I’ll be sure to let you know.