Hey ya there.
This week’s blog is about something I’ve been wanting to write about for a while but never got around to. So, ya know how you hear about haunted buildings and college’s often have myths of haunted dormitories? Well guess what? UC does too. Some of you may have even heard of our Gillespie Ghost already. But if you haven’t, you’re in luck because I happen to live in Gillespie Hall.
Now I should give you some back story first, Gillespie Hall is a girls dormitory that houses freshmen girls, with the exception of the RA’s and RD (Resident assistants and Resident Director), other than that it’s all freshmen. The building itself is one of the oldest buildings on campus – I believe it’s the second oldest one. The only one older than it is Moss Hall, which was orginally the college itself back when it was called the Williamsburg Institute. Gillespie was built in 1894 and was a originally a mansion! It has been renovated many times in the past years and used to be called Johnson Hall.
During my summer orientation insights session, a student told us about the supposed ghost that lives on the 3rd floor of the dorm. The story has it that back in the sixties a girl named Henrietta got pregnant and was dumped by her boyfriend so she hung herself in her room. They say her spirit lingers to cause trouble for the girls of Gillespie and she has been known to throw away gifts from from boyfriends or hide engagement/promise rings because she is bitter. Even if you believe this story is phony, the unmarked , door-knob-less , padlocked door on the third floor doesn’t help rumors.
Now the response I’ve noticed from my fellow freshmen classmates is a mixed. I know some girls who live on the 3rd floor, beside or right underneath her room say they haven’t had any weird events happen to them to give them any reason to believe the dorm is haunted.
But then you have people living on the second floor, such as myself who have had a number of strange things happen to them over the school year.I personally have seen my fan turn off then back on for no reason what so ever, my closet dorm has opened several time with neither me or my roommates opening it, my fan was sitting on the chest beside my desk and somehow fell over onto me one day, music coming from nowhere playing in the middle of the night that gets louder and quieter but is definitely coming from somewhere inside our room. The creepiest of my personal experiences have to be the night I had a dream that somebody kept writing the same scribble on my notebook, I couldn’t see the face but I keep erasing and trying to make them stop to which they never did. The next morning both of my roommates and I found the same scribble written on our marker board and once again none of us had put it on there. There have been other stories from people living on the second floor, the girls that live down the hall from us came back one weekend to a broken mirror that was laying in a completely different way than it should have been, had it fallen off the wall. That has actually happened several times.
Believe what you want – I moved into Gillespie knowing the story, but not really believing it and honestly after living here, I can’t deny that some strange things happen in these halls! If you want more information, a few years back some students made a documentary on the ghost, Henrietta. Check it out if you want to know. Don’t let any of this scare you, though! I’ve never been spooked out enough for it to really bother me, but it sure does give me some good stories to tell when I go home !