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Availability: Closed to the Public
Filed Under: Movie Locations
Paranormal Hot Spots > Haunted Jails/Prisons
Personalities > Music > Johnny Cash
Television Locations > Celebrity Paranormal Project
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Added On: June 03, 2007 - 08:30 PM UTC
Last Modified: July 10, 2007 - 09:52 PM UTC
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
 
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Ghosts of the Tennessee State Prison
This gothic structure was the home of the Tennessee State Prison from 1898 to 1992.  As years passed, overcrowding, prison break attempts, and riots gave the penitentiary a somewhat notorious reputation.  The years took its toll on the structure as well, until it was ultimately decommissioned and a new facility was opened that could handle a larger population of inmates.  Not everyone has left though, since there are reports of a various paranormal phenomena reported at the facility.  Cell doors are said to open and slam, disembodied voices are heard, and apparitions have been sighted.

In Television and Film
The prison was the setting of a couple episodes of VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project, which is similar to MTV's Fear with the exception that celebrities are used as the "investigators."  In 1977, country musician Johnny Cash performed the televised concert, A Concert: Behind Prison Walls, in the prison with Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark, Foster Brooks and Carl Perkins.  The prison was also the setting for Frank Darabont's 1999 adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Green Mile.  It was most recently used as the setting for the 2006 horror film, Furnace.  Other films shot there include The Last Castle, A Letter From Death Row, Last Dance, Ernest Goes to Jail, Nashville, and Marie.

The Prison Today
The facility is very unstable in certain sections and is closed to the general public.  There are no signs pointing to the prison from the roads in the area.  Even if you find the road in, there is a checkpoint a good distance away from the facility that visitors are not allowed to cross.  In short, you can't even get very close to the outside of the prison.  If you still wish to visit the facility, you should contact the State of Tennessee to inquire about the possibility.
 
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Old Nashville Prison - From: grnpnd7 (07/05/10, 09:34 PM UTC)
I just returned from a trip to Nashville Tennessee where after much searching we located the old prison on the West side of Nashville. There are no si...More
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Old Tennessee State Prison
The Old Tennessee State Prison in June 2007.
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Old Tennessee State Prison from a Distance
The Old Tennessee State Prison looms in the distance in this June 2007 photo.
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The Old Tennessee State Prison behind the trees in June 2007.
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The entrance of the Old Tennessee State Prison behind the trees in June 2007.
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The above content is for informational purposes only. Before making any travel arrangements, it is highly recommended that you contact those in charge of the property to check for updated availability and hours of operation. While we do our best to keep this information updated, we cannot guarantee that it is completely valid and up to date. Any destination marked "Closed to the Public" is marked that for a reason and we discourage any visits or attempts to gain access to that facility. Similarly, take note of any "Travel Advisory" that may be associated with a destination. Finally, treat any location and its local residents with respect. Any vandalism and/or unruly behavior is completely despicable and only ruins the experience for future visitors.

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2012-07-01 12:38:59 Jul 01 2012, 12:38 PM UTC
The Tennessee State Prison was a great backdrop last year for the Kentucky group Sleeper Agent's music. Here are some links:

http://www.wbru.com/2011/12/27/sleeper-agent-at-the-tennessee-state-prison/

http://www.theconcertcreep.com/2012/01/sleeper
Edited on: Jul 01 2012, 12:42 PM UTC
 
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