WATE-TV Studios in Greystone Mansion
1306 North Broadway Street, Northeast
The tagline for Knoxville’s ABC affiliate WATE is “On your side.” Perhaps they’re on the “other” side as well, at least in terms of ghosts. The large, rambling Victorian mansion near downtown Knoxville that the studios occupy has been known to be haunted for many years. I’ve covered the haunting of Greystone Mansion in a previous article, and I’d like to delve a bit more into the experiences of some of the station’s staff members.
Reviewing the articles I have collected on this location turns up next to no descriptions of actual encounters. An article published last Halloween, however, contains two encounters.
A longtime meteorologist with the staff smelled the odor of cooking bacon. “I could guarantee you, there was somebody frying bacon down in the kitchen. I walked around the kitchen, up and down and there was nobody else around. I know it was bacon. If not, some ghost has some mighty fine bacon.” The article suggested that this spirit was that of Eldad Cicero Camp, the man for whom the mansion was constructed, though I can’t imagine that this wealthy businessman would have cooked his own bacon. I would think this is residual activity from one of the home’s servants.
A former director with the news station recalls his own experience with the other side. He was working late at night and headed up to the third floor to warm up his lunch around 1:30 AM. “The hair on the back of my neck starts standing up. I felt a breeze come past me. Where did that come from? It’s the Major…He’s watching over his place. It’s still his spot. It always will be his spot.”
Appalachian Paranormal Investigators, the team that has primarily explored the TV studios, has stated that they believe that a woman, a child, and a man are the spirits that continue to reside here.
- Williams, Bo. “Greystone Mansion: Home of WATE 6 On Your Side…and ghosts?” WATE. 29 October 2020.