|A contemporary drawing |
of Betsy Bell.
|One of the Bell cabins has been restored |
and is part of the tourist attractions
availiable in Adams, Tennessee.
Although not nearly as famous as the Bell Witch legend in Tennessee, there are some accounts of supernatural occurrences in Mississippi associated with the Bell family. One such account, published in 1928, involves the sufferings of a girl named Mary at the hands of the Bell Witch (now a male entity, interestingly), who wants to marry her. None of the Mississippi legends seem to match up with the Bell Witch story in Tennessee very well, but no matter. A good story is still a good story, and whatever one believes about the Bell Witch, the tragic life of Elizabeth Bell bears repeating. There are several great websites devoted to the Bell Witch, the most comprehensive of which is www.bellwitch.org. In addition, there are a couple of recent film adaptations of the story, all on the heels of the very successful "Blair Witch Project," believed to be based in part on the Bell Witch.
|The original gravestone of Elizabeth Bell at Long Branch Cemetery.|