Formerly a jail, the Jailer’s Inn is now a bed and breakfast located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Several former employees have reported hearing the sounds of crying when no one actually was, and hearing disembodied footsteps. The cause of the haunting is unknown.
Joe’s Older Than Dirt Place (also known as Joe’s Place) is a bar that opened in 1937. Due to its long operation time, the bar has had several regulars come to it. Since the 1980s, the bar has put up plaques on the central pole dedicated to the regulars who have since passed away. There have been reports of strange noises, moving chairs, and unexplained voices at night when the workers are closing the place. White apparitions have passed in front of people at night and in the early morning hours.
Mitchell Hill Road is located directly off of Mount Holley Road. At the top of the road, there is a cemetery that holds the body who died on the road. As legend states, the girl was on her way to the prom when she and her boyfriend crashed the car at the bottom hill and died in the accident. Those who drive by the cemetery have seen her in her prom dress at the top of the hill.
It is said that on moonlit nights, you can see the “ghost of Hebron Lane”, an elderly woman who walks through the cemetery carrying a lantern. She is seen wearing a long dress, an apron, and a scarf on her head. The story goes that she holds her lantern high, looking in the trees for her lost cat. The woman appears most often during Halloween and the fall months.
There have been several strange occurrences at the Harvey Browny Church that occur nightly. At around 5:00 PM, a presence can be felt in the largest chapel. From 7:00 PM to 9:30 Pm, the sound of footsteps, scuffing feet, and knocking on doors can be heard. There is a total of three spirits that are known to haunt the chapel: a man, a little girl, and a mother or older woman. The cause of the haunting is unknown.
Later River City Lighting was owned by two men, one of which killed the other in the showroom. However, the accused killer was never found to be guilty. The business’ manager from 1979 to 1981 would often visit the showroom when he was alone. Footsteps could be heard both there and the warehouse. Those who visit have heard the murdered man at various times.
The Eastern Cemetery has graves from as early as the 18th century. However, the site is in terrible condition due to neglect and vandalism. It is believed that the spirits of the dead have risen back due to the lack of care and respect for the cemetery. According to legend, there is a ghost of a woman who takes care of the dead babies that were buried in their own section in the back.
The Cherokee Cemetery has had several reports of flashing lights emanating from it. The sound of a man screaming can be heard. On many accounts, people have said they were chased by an unseen entity.
There have been several sightings of a ghostly man riding on a tall black horse through the area. While his back story is unknown, he has appeared several times in Central State.
Visitors of Cave Hill have witnessed strange green orb-shaped lights floating around the cemetery. Odd noises have been heard in the area as well, and many gravestones have been seen mysteriously falling down as if some unseen force was pushing them. It is said that if you stand by the black gate, you can hear bizarre noises from miles away.
In the heat of an argument, two brothers killed one another in the Ridge Cemetery (also known as Union Ridge General Baptist Church) during the 1800s, and they were buried in the very same graveyard. Now, locals report the presence of the spirits, as well as a “tinkling” sound as if a tiny jingle bell were ringing somewhere.
Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a nightclub currently owned by country singer Bobby Mackey. It has been dubbed “the most haunted nightclub in the USA” by Mackey. Urban legends and folklore say it is the “gateway to hell”. One of the nightclub’s resident spirits is Pearl Bryan, whose body was found in a field several miles away from the club. Rumor has it that Bryan’s murderers were Satanists who cursed the location and vowed to haunt everyone involved in the prosecution of the case.
Another ghost is that of Johanna, a 1930s dancer who got pregnant when she wasn’t married. She committed suicide in her dressing room in the Latin Quarter Club (now Bobby Mackey’s). Although there is no record of it, it is believed that she killed herself after her father murdered her lover, who was a singer at the club.
While both tales are merely rumors, there are some who believe in the connection to the place while others don’t. According to Bobby Mackey, the site was a slaughterhouse in the early 19th century that was later demolished to build a roadhouse. He purchased it in 1978.