Pam Richter – Class of 2011
October 27, 2010
A swinging chandelier; lights flickering on and off. These are just a few examples of some rumored ghost stories that have taken place around Elon University’s campus.
One of the biggest stories is that West Dormitory is haunted. According to the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index website, in the fire of 1923, a young student named Mary tried to escape the fire and jumped from a third story window and died. Stories surrounding Mary include her swinging the chandelier in the parlor, flickering the lights, and even making occasional appearances in students’ dorm rooms.
West isn’t the only place that is said to be haunted on Elon’s campus. On Oct. 26, 1989, The Pendulum ran a story about the different tales from students and security guards. According to the article, there are three different stories as to why the auditorium is haunted:
1. Some who tell these tales report that Whitley was built upon the foundation of a private residence that burned before the college was built. Supposedly the spirits of the family that lived in the house now occupy Whitley.
2. Other stories suggest the son of one of the school’s benefactors was killed in either a fire in Whitley or the great blaze of 1923. The ghost of his young sister now searches for her sibling, scurrying across the stage and calling his name.
3. Another legend claims that a music professor dies of a heart attack and his spirit returns to Whitley to search for music.