Corner of State Hwy 338 (Boyd’s Creek Hwy, Old Knoxville Hwy) and Cedar Springs Valley Road

Status: Former Residence; Battle Site; Former Museum; Air BNB; Private Property

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In 1780 John Sevier – one of the founding fathers of the State of Tennessee – while exploring this area destroyed a force of Cherokee on the spot where the plantation now stands in what is now known as the Battle of Boyd’s Creek; thus, opening this area to American colonization.

In 1791 a Revolutionary War veteran named Timothy Chandler moved his family to Boyd’s Creek from Virginia. In 1819 his son, John, built a farmhouse on this site but it burned down in 1823.

In 1825 the existing plantation house was built to replace that farmhouse.

In 1850 Wheatlands was one of the largest farms in Sevier County covering 4,600 acres (1,900 hectares) producing – among many crops – 6,000 gallons of whiskey a year.

When the US Civil War began the lands surrounding Wheatlands quickly fell to Union Forces and became the winter headquarters to the 10th Calvary out of Michigan.

When the Civil War ended and the slaves of the former Confederate States were freed Chandler paid his former slaves to remain working on the plantation. When he died, he willed a part of his lands to his former slaves. This land became known as Chandler’s Gap and was a primarily an African-American settlement until well into the 20th century.

Only the plantation house, a storage shed and a smokehouse survived to the 21st century and were used a heritage museum for a period but are now only visitable by booking as an Air BNB.

The link to book the Air BNB is above.

This is private property do not enter unless you have booked it.


Paranormal Activity

There is rumored to have been at least 70 murders and deaths within the walls of the plantation.

The house is also said to be built on top of a giant geode which provides both an endless source of energy and as well as a magnet for the dead.

There are also rumors of the grounds being battlegrounds in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as the Cherokee massacre. On that note, there is said to be a mass grave with the remains of at least 23 Cherokees on site.

There are also 50 slave graves on the property.

The apparitions of the former members of the Chandler family have been seen both in the plantation house and on the grounds.

The apparition of little girl in a blue dress is often seen running up and down the stairs.

Apparitions of former slaves are frequently seen on the grounds with most appearing very upset to the point of anger. One story is that a little slave boy who appeared soaking wet and very angry who ran through a living boy causing him to lose consciousness and suffer an intense emotional upheaval.

The ghosts of other slave children have been reported as happy and running around the property. They will even play hide and seek with the living once they notice any living person becoming aware of them.

The phantom yells of a man followed by a heavy thud and gurgling noises said to be quite disturbing to those who hear it. This said to be an etheric replay of man murdering his son. There are even said to be bloodstains on the parlor floor from this heinous event.

Other Reported Activity: shadow figures as well as shadow people; disembodied voices especially near the slave gravesites; light anomalies; electrical disturbances; unexplained mists; objects moving on their own; doors opening and closing on their own; phantom footsteps; phantom sounds of battle including screams, guns and canyons firing; empathic sensations of uneasiness and feelings of being watched and not being alone.