Haunted Colleges of America
Manifestations: Eugene O'Neill, a playwright who lived in what became Shelton Hall, haunts the floor on which he died in 1953.
Manifestations: Since 1956 a female ghost has appeared in Butz Hall.
Manifestations: The library was once used as a field hospital during the Civil War. Once two administrators went into the library's basement as encountered a doctor in Civil War-era clothes and heard the screams of wounded soldiers. Apparitions of other soldiers have also been seen.
Manifestations: Spectres dressed in Victorian clothing go in and out of Thayer Hall's walls. This university is the oldest in the U.S., founded 16 years after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, and parts of it were once used as a textile mill.
Manifestations: The spirit of a suicide victim is said to haunt Aston Hall, which was built in 1907. She disappears through walls and is visible only from the waist up, surprising people so much that the hall was partially closed in the 1940's due to the sightings. Millikin Gym was built in 1911, and there have been stories of unexplainable noises and voices in the upstairs area of the building.
Manifestations: This college was founded in 1808 and remains the oldest Catholic college in the U.S. The ghost of Revered Simon Brute haunts Room 252 of the Residence Hall. In 1973 a priest who stayed in that room heard strange noises and stepped out of the room. When he returned his room was torn apart. Electrical appliances would flick on and off and his possesions were strewn about the once tify room. Later another priest who stayed in that room had a cat who acted strangely, hissing at the air and hiding under the bed. This behavior continued until he moved out.
Manifestations: The ghost of a student who fell from the rigging in the 1940's is said to haunt the theater. He died during a production of Macbeth, and is said to appear whenever this play is performed.
Manifestations: Rests in the Hocking Hills region, which is reputed to be haunted. Poltergeist activity occured in the Delta Tau Delta House after students stole a headstone from Simms Cemetery. Odd things happen in the bathrooms of Jefferson Hall, and at the top floor of the building occasionally one can hear the sound of hundreds of marbles dropping to the floor. A girls basketball team haunts Washington Hall (legend has it that they were killed in a bus accident). The main college green is haunted by a headless buffalo killed by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The buffalo's head hangs in Buffalo Wings and Rings in Athens.
Manifestations: Watts Hall is haunted by the spirit of a mule - a former school mascot. In the 1990's poltergeist activity was experienced in Runkle Hall.
Manifestations: Eerie sensations and shadowy forms have been felt and seen in Hawthorne Residence Hall and the Fine Arts Center.
Manifestations: St. John is a Catholic university that is haunted by the mother of a monk killed during the construction of the Abbey Church in the 1880's. She later drowned in a lake near the church when her buggy overturned. There is another haunting by the ghost of Brother Anselm Bartolome, who drowned in Sagatagon Lake. His wet footprints appear in the building in which he taught and he is seen at night by the lake.
Manifestations: Founded before the Civil War by Mother Seton, is buried on campus grounds. Her spirit has been seen in the hallways, accompanied by a ghostly doctor. This college was used as a hospital during the Civil War.
State: New York
Manifestations: Unknown, except a few buildings have reported some strange phenomena.
Manifestations: In 1940 the head of the music department, Miss Urania Clara Mills, was found dead in the C.C. White building at the age of 60. Twenty years later a Mrs. Coleen Buterbaugh, stepped into the offlices that once belonged to Miss Mills on an errand. All noise from the music room ceased and Buterbaugh smelled a powerful gas-like odor. In the doorway she saw an apparition of a woman reaching into a cabinet - a woman who matched the description of Miss Mills. In later years the sounds of a piano were heard in a basement theater - when investigated the theater was empty and the piano cover was closed.
Manifestations: Organ music has been heard in Woolsey Hall by both students and teachers, although no one is ever there.