Just in time for Halloween, an author who grew up in the area published a book about what he said is Murfreesboro’s haunted history.
Allen Sircy is the author of “Southern Ghost Stories: Murfreesboro: Spirits of Stones River.”
He wrote in his introduction the book had its origins while working on a similar book about Gallatin in 2018 and 2019, and he was researching Middle Tennessee’s haunted history.
Sircy said there were connections with the Civil War battles that took place in Murfreesboro. Other troubles that hit Murfreesboro included a series of downtown fires in the 1800s and a cholera outbreak in 1835.
Sircy said it’s hard to narrow down his top three haunted spots in Murfreesboro. One of the top haunted areas is the Medical Center Parkway area, where a large number of soldiers died in the war. In the book, he listed the results of various trips he and a paranormal investigator made to the battlefield, as well.
In the book, Sircy listed a trove of downtown locations he said are haunted, from City Café to 1 Public Square where county offices can be found. Throughout the book, he provided a history of Murfreesboro’s history tied to the hauntings.
Sircy’s book is available on Amazon. It is also available at local businesses Nonie’s Bakery at 115 N. Maple St. and Sugaree’s at 122 S. Maple St. And, his books are available in Gallatin at Pickled Treats & Antiques and Timeless Treasures.
He said he hoped to hold an event for Halloween at the Center for the Arts, but he did not have details at press time.
His website is southernghoststories.com.