Author Joe Tennis writes about the ghostly bride waiting on the banks of the Holston River outside the Rotherwood Mansion in his latest book, “Haunted Highlands: Ghosts & Legends of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia” (Backyard Books, $6.99).
The author from Bristol, Virginia, is signing copies of “Haunted Highlands” on Friday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m., and, Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium during the Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Fair, located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School.
He will also sign copies of his book at the Christmas Craft Show in Abingdon, Virginia, held on Nov. 18-19 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Nov. 20 (noon-5 p.m.) at the Community Center of Abingdon, 300 Senior Drive.
“Haunted Highlands” features a fiddler who could make snakes dance on Stone Mountain at Trade, Tennessee; a ghostly figure at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee; and a redhaired angel at Beech Mountain, North Carolina. The cover features the Major Graham Mansion in Wythe County, near Graham’s Forge, Virginia.
Tennis, 47, also writes about how a dog was afraid of “The Ghost Room” at a home in Castlewood, Virginia. More tales from Southwest Virginia include stories of a herb-hunting soldier in Pound; the ghostly veterans of a Civil War battlefield in Saltville; and blood stains that will not disappear at the Martha Washington Inn of Abingdon.
Across Northeast Tennessee, the author recounts the legend of “The Marble Boy” at East Tennessee State University; phantom telephones at Tusculum College; and how “God’s Halo” appears atop Roan Mountain.
In North Carolina, he writes about a ghostly minister at the “Horn in the West” outdoor drama of Boone and of the Brown Mountain Lights.
Tennis is also the author of the recently released “Along Virginia’s Route 58: True Tales from Beach to Bluegrass,” which features tales of Rye Cove, Clinchport, Wheeler, Natural Tunnel, Hiltons, Bristol and Abingdon. For more, call, 276-466-0654.