All around the world, visions of “white ladies,” or “ladies in white” can be found haunting old homes, cemeteries, forests, mountains, etc.
The universal thread is that they are always women dressed in white, and usually have had some form of tragedy surrounding their own legendary death. The old folks say that they are bad omens and when they appear it is a sign that someone will die. Some draw parallels from the Woman in White to the Banshee in Irish oral tradition; a wailing woman who was a harbinger of death. Many of the settlers in Appalachia and the Southeast in general share roots with the Scotch/Irish people and have kept with them many of the same traditions and stories that their families migrated with long ago. This is not the first story with probable roots in the Old Country.
Tennessee has it’s own White Lady, named the White Bluff Screamer. In rural White Bluff, Tennessee down Trace Creek Road lies a hollow where stood an old country house. The owner of the house is now lost in time, but the story goes that he was being kept up each night by howling and screams from somewhere in the woods. One night, he couldn’t take it anymore and he headed out with his gun to hunt whatever was making such a racket. He searched and searched but then heard screams from back inside his house. When he ran back to his house he found his children and wife ripped to shreds and saw a woman in a white mist.
It is said that she still haunts that area, and burns the grass anywhere she appears from the white mist.