Freaky Friday: William & Mary

As the 4th of July approaches, I went hunting for ghosts on college campuses known to have strong ties to the Revolutionary War. Having had a spooky encounter of my own in nearby Colonial Williamsburg, I was not surprised to find The College of William & Mary’s abundance of ghostly rumors. Keep reading for more about my experience and those of others’.

A Mysterious Melody

I visited The College of William & Mary when I first starting looking at colleges and on our trip, my family took a ghost tour. Though we didn’t come across anything unusual on the tour, when walking through Colonial Williamsburg one night, we heard an organ being played in a church – yet all the lights were off and there was no one around. We immediately thought someone must be practicing, though the late hour made it seem highly unlikely. The longer we listened, the more spooked we became and to this day, our family is convinced that the music we heard was other-wordly.

The Wren Building is home to one of W&M’s alleged ghosts

The Wren Building

According to W&M’s website, the Wren Building is “the oldest college building in the United States.” Built in the late 1600s, Wren eventually found itself in the midst of the Revolutionary War, during which time author Daniel Barefoot claims the American & French troops utilized the building as a hospital. With this sort of reputation, it is no wonder students have reported hearing unaccounted for footsteps on the building’s upper floors. Some attribute the pitter-patter to Sir Christopher Wren himself, the English architect for whom the building was named. Others believe they belong to a French soldier that died in the building.

Have you had an encounter with the spirit in the Wren Building? Do you know of other rumored ghosts at William & Mary? Share your stories with us below!

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