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One of the Most haunted Places in Garrard County DO NOT go

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Scared the crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#1 Oct 28, 2010
This weekend is fast approaching. I am begging for everyone to please be careful and do not seek out some the most haunted places in Garrard County. There was a fellow by the name of Gen. Thomas Kennedy who lived in Paint Lick, on the Garrard County Side, and came to Kentucky in 1780's. Here is a picture of Gen Kennedy. http://millennium.fortunecity.com/sherwood/55...

Harriet Beecher Stowe is said to have visited the Kennedy home in Garrard County while gathering some of the material for her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The legendary cabin of Uncle Tom was located behind the Kennedy mansion near Paint Lick in Garrard County. The book inflamed anti-slavery sentiment throughout the North and deep resentment in the South with its publication in 1851 and was credited by President Lincoln as having started the Civil War. Efforts are underway to rebuild a replica of the cabin on the grounds of the historic Gov. Owsley Home in Lancaster.
I promise this is fact and here is the source to prove it: http://www.garrardcounty.ky.gov/tourism/

The jury is still out if Stowe really based her novel on the Kennedy home but she did visit there. This was the old Riley Home place. Kennedy was a very mean cruel man. The mansion where he lived, that has been torn down, is located just off Highway 52 on the Garrard Side of Paint Lick. At the time of Kennedys death he owned 7,000 acres and over 200 slaves.
Source: http://garrardcountytourism.blogspot.com/2009...

Some referred to him as a "bully", a term often given to his younger brother, David as well. Forrest Calico, local historian, and privy to all court record while a judge, referred to him as "a turbulent man, tyrannical and harsh, a gambler, a man whom legend and tradition do not favor." But apparently not in all cases. He was one of Kentucky's early duelist. A William Gillespie, cattleman, lost his life in such a duel in Kennedy's front yard. The circumstances of the cause of the duel differs in accounts, thus adding to the legend. Whether it was over a business deal or over gambling will never be known for sure. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry....
Scared the crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#2 Oct 28, 2010
There are so many tales and facts concerning this man Kennedy that only a well researched biography would do justice, and not the short notes given here. He is called a benevolent slave master, and he had many slaves. But, you would wonder when one of his slaves named his child, Liberty.

In the early 1790's or earlier, Thomas Kennedy built his large brick home on the waters of Kennedy Branch of Paint Lick Creek, known as Walker’s Branch today and the road as Walker Pike. After Thomas died, the house became the homes of many people at different times until it fell into ruin. In 1929 there was a plea to restore the old mansion. The newly formed Garrard County Historical Society had this as a goal. Lancaster’s mayor Champ and others believed that it would take $15,000 to do the job. No doubt, the depression years were instrumental in the failure to achieve the goal. As a result, the old brick mansion, then in deplorable condition, no longer exists, except for an occasional brick and a remnant of its furnishings that might be found from time to time, such as one of the interior doors and a stairway railing that adorns a home in the village of Paint Lick. We are left with an Historical Marker on near-by highway 52, significant to the reader as it alleges a connection to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" as I mentioned before.

This statement was found in the unpublished notes of Forrest Calico, late local historian, "History of Garrard County and its Churches". Robert and Polly Ross Carpenter had inherited a slave named Harvey who had been beaten so cruelly by Thomas Kennedy, Jr. and others, that he died and the court gave damages to Polly in the sum of $195 in 1837.(Circuit Court Clerk Book 18 page 304).
Scared the crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#3 Oct 28, 2010
Gen Kennedy is said to still roam the plantation that he ran with such a steel fist. If one goes out on Walker Branch Road at 3:00am and pulls in front of where the old mansion stood it is said that you can still see old man Kennedy in the distance.

Not only can one experience the haunting s of Kennedy the slaves still room as well. The mansion stood on the East side of Walker branch road toward Paint Lick.

General Kennedy is buried in Manse Cemetery in Paint Lick. http://www.interment.net/data/us/ky/garrard/p... his grave is surrounded by chains. Lightening continually struck Kennedys grave. The old times installed Rod-iron poles with chains attached around his grave.
Scared the crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#4 Oct 28, 2010
Myself and some friends decided to visit the grave of Gen Kennedy a few years ago on Halloween. Manse Cemetery is one the creepiest places I have ever been to in my life. The oldest graves are in the front of the cometary and dated back to the 1700's.

It was around 2:00am. We pulled into the cemetery. It was a warm night for October but a chill was in the air. Pitch black darkness covered the cemetery. We all got out of the car with flashlights in hand. As we proceeded to look at each old head stone and read the names: Champ, Beasley, Patterson, Adams, and many more. These were old tombstones and some tall and majestic. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck raise. My friend Ken said that this must be a huge joke and that old [email protected] man Kennedy wasn't there. It was at that very moment a noise caught our attention. It was not a voice, yet not an animal either. I turned my flashlight in the direction of the noise. There in front of me was a crypt on top of the ground encircled by iron post with chains attached.

The noise began again. We ever so carefully walked closer to the tombstone. Just as we approached my friend John said "Hey man don't grab me like that"....but we all were in front of him and he was about 10 steps behind us!
Scared the crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#5 Oct 28, 2010
It was then that we heard a voice! It said "Get!" We ran like Hell!!!!! My heart was pounding my in chest and I could not breath! We all heard a what sounded like a gunshot behind us.(This was scary at the time but we later learned that Kennedy was known for his dueling and gun fighting!) Finally after what felt like an eternity we reached the car. Kennedys grave is located in the front part of the cemetery in the middle of 2 entrances it is a good hump to a parked car. You will find out if you go there! We all jumped in scared to death. I mashed on the gas and left the cemetery as fast as I could. As we passed a large old white house on the road out from the cemetery there was a man standing on the side of the road! I still to this day do not know if he was real or not, but I wasn't stopping to find out!

What happened ay the Kennedy plantation site up the road on another night, well, I had rather not talk about it....you'll just have to go out there yourself around 3am and find out...just PLEASE don't go on Halloween.
ghost hunter

Richmond, KY

#6 Oct 29, 2010
might want to go and take a few pics and evps thanks for the tip
Bologna

Pflugerville, TX

#7 Oct 29, 2010
The supernatural reputation or haunting of a place is not determined by its history or who expired or is interred there, but by the gullibility, susceptibility, and over-active imaginations of its visitors; if you expect to see these phenomenon, and are of a mind that such things are in fact real, then you just might believe yourself to experience something in such a place. If you're instead a rational thinker with a firm grip on reality, you'll be disappointed as always.

Save me your history lessons and instead provide some non-niche, objective peer-reviewed scientific proof published in something other than an enthusiast's website, pulp paperbacks or grocery store tabloids. Show me one reputable shred of evidence scrutinized by the academc and scientific communities at large that holds up beyond the most cursory examination or replication attempts.

Then strap this proof to a flying pig and air-mail it to Santa, who I'm sure wil drop it down all our chimneys in a couple of months, if you post it with a cookie or two.

Please.

I've a mind to stake this place out in a guilly suit and a hopper full of chilled paintballs, and pepper the first idiot I see trying to perpituate this latest hoax by wandering around in the night playing ghost... who would likely be the same shmuck trying to attract dim-witted visitors with this so-called warning.

Wake up and smell the new millenium, people! The days of cavemen hooting at the wind in the trees or praying to swamp gas clouds are long behind us. Don't be a slave to such superstitious drivel. Force its proprietors and perpetuators to seek gainful employment in a legitimate field, and to stop wasting everyone's time, including their own.
Scared the Crap out of

Nicholasville, KY

#8 Oct 29, 2010
Let me know what you find out. Paint Lick is an excellent place to go because it has such a rich history. I myself will never go back to Manse Cemetery at night. The site of the plantation was has scared me to the point of I don't think I will ever go hant hunting again as my grandmother used to say. I'll leave it to people who know what they are doing.
ghost hunter wrote:
might want to go and take a few pics and evps thanks for the tip
Touchy

Nicholasville, KY

#9 Oct 29, 2010
Wow is all that I can say. To you Bologna the person who started this thread has the right to share their experiences. They also shared some really interesting facts. I find their experience to be very interesting. Not everyone shares your opinion. You are entitled to your as they are to theirs.

To scared the crap out of thanks for sharing. I hope the person with the EVP shares what they have found.
Bologna wrote:
The supernatural reputation or haunting of a place is not determined by its history or who expired or is interred there, but by the gullibility, susceptibility, and over-active imaginations of its visitors; if you expect to see these phenomenon, and are of a mind that such things are in fact real, then you just might believe yourself to experience something in such a place. If you're instead a rational thinker with a firm grip on reality, you'll be disappointed as always.
Save me your history lessons and instead provide some non-niche, objective peer-reviewed scientific proof published in something other than an enthusiast's website, pulp paperbacks or grocery store tabloids. Show me one reputable shred of evidence scrutinized by the academc and scientific communities at large that holds up beyond the most cursory examination or replication attempts.
Then strap this proof to a flying pig and air-mail it to Santa, who I'm sure wil drop it down all our chimneys in a couple of months, if you post it with a cookie or two.
Please.
I've a mind to stake this place out in a guilly suit and a hopper full of chilled paintballs, and pepper the first idiot I see trying to perpituate this latest hoax by wandering around in the night playing ghost... who would likely be the same shmuck trying to attract dim-witted visitors with this so-called warning.
Wake up and smell the new millenium, people! The days of cavemen hooting at the wind in the trees or praying to swamp gas clouds are long behind us. Don't be a slave to such superstitious drivel. Force its proprietors and perpetuators to seek gainful employment in a legitimate field, and to stop wasting everyone's time, including their own.
I believe

United States

#10 Oct 29, 2010
Ok I read about this earlier today when i was checking out Topix. I thought no way. So I told my boyfriend that we should drive out to Paint Lick and check this out. We went to Manse Cemetery and it is rather spooky even in the daylight. It is like you dropped Richmond Cemetery out in the middle of now where. This isnt some little country family Cemetery it is huge and well kept. What made it so spooky was all the really old graves in the front area of the cemetery. The people buried there must have been of great importance because their tombstones are huge and statue like. My boyfriend and I wondered around looking for Gen Kennedys grave. We saw a lot of the names the other guy talked about. Then oh my goodness we found the cyrpt of Gen Kennedy! and it is surroundee by a metal poles with chains on them! This goes all around his grave just like the other guy said! We left and we were on highway 52 heading back to Richmond. I saw an older man outside doing something in his yard. I told my boyfriend to stop the car. We stopped and the older man was real nice. I asked him about the Kennedys and Uncle Toms cabin. He said he was 92 years old and had lived in Paint Lick all his life. He said he had ancestors that " came in that country" back before the civil war. He said he always heard Kennedy was a mean old man. He went on to tell me that "when they buried him lighting kept striking his grave and they had to put those chains around it to draw the lighting to keep it from busting it open"I almost fell backwards! I told him I had read something like this and I just couldnt believe it to be true. He said "it is as true as the gospel of John". I am now so hooked. I just dont know if I have ghe guts to go into Manse Cemetery at night. It is creepyeven in the daylight. My boyfriend is determined to go back at night.....
True

Lexington, KY

#11 Oct 30, 2010
I am originally from an area not far from the Paint Lick area. Thanks for posting this. It is true that Kennedy was a mean old scrapper according to my grandfather. Keep us posted.
just wondering

Lexington, KY

#12 Apr 14, 2011
Has anyone else gone there lately? Any new stories?
wow

United States

#13 Apr 14, 2011
well this might sound dumb but how great of a scooby doo show would this story be?
Curious

Flatwoods, KY

#14 Apr 15, 2011
Read under Thomas Kennedy:

http://books.google.com/books...
WOW

Mount Sterling, KY

#15 Apr 17, 2011
Sorry but all this talk makes me desperate to go up there.
Been there

Lexington, KY

#16 Mar 18, 2013
he cemetary is a lovely visit. I have many family members there. For my family it is tradition to visit each memorial day and lay flowers over those loved and lost. My mother passed the stories of the legendary grave to me, as was told to her. More so to spook us, and when I was little it worked. I loved roaming the cemetary to see the photos attached to the grave stones. Last time we visited, as my daughter (about 3 or 4 at the time) walked around viewing the names - it was very sad when I realized there were so many younger children, about her age,buried there. Aside from that it is a lovely, well kept up place to rest, worth a visit.
Tenn

Johnson City, TN

#17 Apr 24, 2013
I have family buried there.....manse cemetery is beautiful.....
Pam Bolton

Hillsboro, OR

#18 Nov 20, 2013
wow wrote:
well this might sound dumb but how great of a scooby doo show would this story be?
Colonel Thomas Kennedy was the brother of my 4th great grandfather, John Kennedy Jr. John was killed by Indians 4 months before his only child (Nancy - my 3rd great grandmother) was born. After she was born, she and her mother lived with Thomas Kennedy's family for 5 years, until Nancy's mother remarried. Thomas Kennedy has had a LOT of misrepresentation, probably because he was the wealthiest man in Kentucky. His children were the cause of most of the issues -- I haven't seen one shred of evidence that Thomas himself was mean or evil... He was, indeed, a shrewd businessman, gambler, and slave-owner. But as far as we know, his slaves were cared for while he was alive. I'd love to travel back to Kentucky and visit!!!
dont go up there

La Vergne, TN

#20 Oct 30, 2015
Went up there tonight. It felt like people was staring @ me and a few other people that was with us. We went to Thomas Kennedy grave and talked to him and all we know is that we got cold chills and a big white mist cloud went passed us real quick. We went back to the truck and lefted drove around the cemetery and taking pictures then whenever we was leaving to go home we took 1 more picture and then the big white mist cloud came back threw the phone while we tooked the picture.
Curious

San Diego, CA

#21 Oct 31, 2015
Is or was Lilliam Baines Karnes not from around there? Or close to there?

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