Judge Josephus Conn Guild built Rose Mont in the mid-1800s, and the Guild family lived there until 2005. The original 500-acre property was a horse farm where Judge Guild raised thoroughbreds for wealthy clients. Judge Guild was also friends with President Andrew Jackson, who often visited Rose Mont.
In the 1850s, Rose Mont was sold to John A. McCalla, a wealthy businessman. McCalla made several changes to the house, including adding a third story and ballroom. He also planted many trees that still stand on the property today.
After the Civil War, Rose Mont was used as a hospital for Union soldiers. It was later sold to several different owners and fell into disrepair. Finally, in the 1970s, the Tennessee Historical Society purchased the house, restoring it to its original condition.
Today, Rose Mont is a museum that is open to the public. It is a popular destination for history buffs and tourists alike.
And it has a dark side too.
Geery described people walking in and out of rooms, doors opening and closing, footsteps up and down the stairs, and occasional voices. He said he can usually tell who is in the house by their personality traits, but he tries to talk to his family members as often as possible through a flashlight.
Paranormal investigators investigated the area; they used tools to communicate with the dead. They will ask questions, and the flash from the flashlights will indicate either yes or no.
Visitors who take tours of Rose Mont will also see the spirits of the family members still lingering in the house.
There was one room where one tour guide wanted to avoid going or even talking about the lady in the room. But visitors will see it, and the tour guide will eventually know who it is.
Betty, Judge Guild’s daughter-in-law, is the most frequently reported ghost by visitors. Women, in particular, report seeing her looking out of the windows in the upstairs bedrooms.
Betty’s son, Walter Jr., is often seen by visitors. However, he frequently causes the Rose Mont alarm company to be alarmed.
It’s four o’clock in the morning, and the internal office is closed. And the door will pop and trigger all those motion sensors.