Nashville is famous for its musical history. One place people can experience the city’s magical music-filled past is by visiting the well-known Ernest Tubb’s record shop right on Broadway.
But you’ll find more than vinyl records of your country classics at this legendary shop. Join US Ghost Adventures on a ghost tour of Ernest Tubb Record Shop and meet the ghosts of Nashville’s bloodstained past.
Ernest Tubb (also known as the Texas Troubadour) was a popular singer and songwriter, considered one of the founders of country music. His “Midnite Jamboree” radio show is the second longest-running in the country, and listeners can be part of the live audience every Saturday night.
The record shop is now practically a museum that houses a vast array of different country music relics. In it, you’ll find vintage vinyl, merch, songbooks, and so much more.
The shop is also famous for housing several spirits.
However, most of the spooky tales don’t come from the record shop days. The building was around long before Ernest Tubb decided to place his now-famous record shop there.
Before Tubb, William Stockell occupied the property for his local ornament plaster business. His work includes several pieces of the Tennessee State Capitol Building and the awe-inspiring Belmont Mansion in Nashville.
However, it didn’t take long for the building to become overrun with death and despair. Just nine years after construction, the building went from being Stockell’s ornament plaster business to a Confederate hospital.
The building’s size made it difficult to house all the wounded troops. Hospital beds were limited, and casualties were on the rise. Due to the increase of dead bodies, the doctors had to turn the building’s basement into a provisional morgue.
Since the Civil War ended, the building has been home to a vast array of businesses. The frequent turnover of residence is likely due to the prevalent ghostly encounters that occur at the property.
It wasn’t until the 1940s that Ernest Tubb created his famous record shop, which has been the occupant of the building ever since.
Some visitors and employees claim to have seen some eerie sights while inside. Some of the sensations include a pushing or touching feeling from some sort of entity. Other workers state that there have been some strange electrical issues and sounds coming from throughout the property.
Most people believe that the fallen soldiers of the Civil War are responsible for doing the haunting. However, some believe that deceased country music legends may be present as their songs sometimes play when you mention their names.
Whoever may be lurking around the record shop, it’s now one of Nashville’s most famous haunted destinations. If you’re stopping by the Music City, make sure to include the Ernest Tubbs record shop on your list.
No doubt, Nashville has a lot to offer visitors and locals. From vibrant nightlife to numerous musical attractions, there is an endless amount of fun in town. It also has a spookier side for those looking for an extra thrill. Check out our Nashville Ghost Tour to make the most of your time in the Music City.
Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
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