Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities

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If you're touring Flagler College in historic St. Augustine, look for an old man in a straw hat who wanders away from your group. He is Henry Flagler, railroad magnate, co-owner of Standard Oil, and perhaps the man most responsible for the Florida boom. He built the spectacular, 540-room, Moorish Revival palace that now houses his namesake college. And he died back in 1913. The glow around the door of the unoccupied room on the third floor is the spirit of Henry Flagler's second wife. The phantom footsteps on the...
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If you're touring Flagler College in historic St. Augustine, look for an old man in a straw hat who wanders away from your group. He is Henry Flagler, railroad magnate, co-owner of Standard Oil, and perhaps the man most responsible for the Florida boom. He built the spectacular, 540-room, Moorish Revival palace that now houses his namesake college. And he died back in 1913. The glow around the door of the unoccupied room on the third floor is the spirit of Henry Flagler's second wife. The phantom footsteps on the marble stairs to the mezzanine are the wraith of his third wife. The woman in black beckoning from the fourth floor is the ghost of his mistress, said to be imprisoned there. Haunted Halls of Ivy contains thirty-nine supernatural tales from colleges and universities throughout the South. Some of the region's oldest, largest, and most famous institutions are represented here, as are smaller, well-respected schools. This isn't the dull, archetypal stuff you had to learn in Professor Staff's Paranormal Events 101 class back at State Tech U.

At Virginia Military Institute, you'll see the statue of Stonewall Jackson that turns its bronze head in disgust every time a cadet is drummed out of the corps. sIn the shadow of the University of Texas Tower, you'll encounter the spectres of the victims killed on the day in 1966 when Charles Whitman went hunting for humans. At Transylvania University in Kentucky, you'll learn the curse of the mad professor known in his day as "the Daniel Boone of American science." At Belmont University in Tennessee, you'll visit the mansion haunted by the woman who could out-Scarlett any Southern belle, real or fictional. At the University of Virginia, you'll hear the footsteps of the professor shot dead back in the days when students openly assaulted their instructors, even at Thomas Jefferson's "Academical Village." Indeed, by the time you turn the final page of this book, you'll have had a grand time getting your graduate-level education in the haunts of Southern colleges from Virginia to Texas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895872876
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Alabama
Athens State University: "The Haunts of Old Athens" 3
Auburn University: "Sydney" 7
Huntingdon College: "The Red Lady" 11
University of Alabama: "Haints of War and Reconstruction" 17
Arkansas
Harding University: "The Spectral Ladies of Searcy" 23
Henderson State University: "The Lady in Black" 28
Florida
Flagler College: "Haunts of the Rich and Famous" 32
Florida Southern College: "Haunted Child of the Sun" 38
Florida State University: "Living with Ghosts" 43
Rollins College: "Annie at Play" 48
Georgia
Augusta State University: "Ghostly Visages of 'the Late Unpleasantness'" 52
Berry College: "Scary Berry" 57
Emory University: "Haunted Tales of Two Campuses" 62
University of Georgia: "Three Centuries of Haunts" 67
Kentucky
Transylvania University: "A Curse on Transylvania" 73
Western Kentucky University: "Here, There, and Everywhere--Ghosts!" 79
Louisiana
Northwestern State University: "Isabella" 87
Saint Charles Borromeo College: "The Miracle at Grand Coteau" 91
Mississippi
Mississippi University for Women: "Mary of Callaway" 95
University of Mississippi: "Rebel Haunts" 99
North Carolina
Chowan College: "The Pride of Chowan" 105
Lees-McRae College: "Emily" 110
University of North Carolina: "Of Ghosts Old and New" 115
South Carolina
University of South Carolina: "Terror Below" 120
Winthrop University: "Pitchfork Ben" 124
Tennessee
Belmont University: "The Life, the Loves, and the Ghost of a Southern Belle" 129
East Tennessee State University: "Spooks Galore" 135
Tennessee Wesleyan College: "A Spirited Romance" 140
University of Tennessee: "A Very Haunted Hill" 144
Texas
Texas Tech University: "Ghosts-in-Residence" 149
University of North Texas: "Of Brenda and Wanda" 153
University of Texas: "Texas Gothic" 158
Wayland Baptist University: "Waiting for a Second Chance" 163
Virginia
College of William and Mary: "Haunts of a Historic Kind" 166
Sweet Briar College: "For the Love of Daisy" 170
University of Virginia: "Jefferson's Haunted Academical Village" 175
Virginia Military Institute: "Ghosts of a Military Kind" 180
West Virginia
Davis and Elkins College: "Senators, Sisters, and Spectres" 185
West Virginia University: "Spooky Mountaineers" 190
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