Friday, October 20, 2017

Scary October: University of Montevallo

It's October, which means every Friday, I bring you a new spooky story!

The University of Montevallo is a four-year university located in Alabama.



Established in 1896, the university is highly respected, ranking as one of the top higher education institutions in the South. But the college also boasts a spooky side, with students having passed around stories for decades.



The university has a long and interesting history. The above building, Reynolds Hall, served as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, where it was overseen by Captain Henry Clay Reynolds. Hearing troops were about to attack a nearby ironworks facility, he left the building unattended, at which point troops descended, killing the wounded soldiers inside. Today, Captain Reynolds is one of the most interesting spirits haunting the campus. A portrait of him is often moved without explanation and a breeze can sometimes be felt across a stage in the building with no known source.


Captain Reynolds

But there's an even spookier story haunting the university. In 1908, a 17-year-old student named Condie Cunningham and her roommate were in their room in the main dormitory when an alcohol lamp caught Condie's clothing on fire. Desperate to extinguish the fire, she ran into the hallway, but by the time the fire was out, her burns were too severe. She died soon after. Below is a picture of the sophomore class, but names weren't labeled at that time. many believe Condie is one of the women pictured.



Today, there are reports of an apparition seen running down the hall. But the biggest legend comes from her image being seen in a door. The door was replaced numerous times, but the face always appeared. Finally they removed the wooden door and replaced it with a metal one. One of the doors is on display in the campus library.



Whether or not the University of Montevallo is actually haunted, the legends surrounding its history are certainly interesting. Do you know of a haunted campus?

Check out last week's post on the Hermitage Hotel. And be sure to come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour:


14 comments:

  1. That's a face in the door but it looks more like a devil to me.

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  2. What a horrible way to go and it reminds me of a silent film actress, Martha Mansfield, whose costume caught on fire. She also died of her wounds and was also very young. I would say that is spooky and that door is cool to look at. It does look like a woman but with her hair going into horns, she looks like a mischievous imp.

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  3. That is one weird image in the door. I've often found images in was and other parts of the house that look like faces, but have never seen one like this!

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  4. Hi Stephanie ... what a strange place of a University ... Captain Reynolds didn't do his job, while the burnt student - could I guess have been the other dorm member ... just not sure - cheers Hilary

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  5. I can tell that's a face on the door, and the history tied to the school is really interesting! Happy Friday!

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  6. Spooky! Missed last week. Off to read it. Keep them coming. I love your October Blogs!

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  7. I attended the UNC at Chapel Hill, which is a pretty old campus. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a ghost or two roaming about.

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  8. The lady in the top row, third from the left is pretty creepy looking too. The door is very creepy.

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  9. Elizabeth's comment led me to look at the photos again. Something is wrong with the photo that she pointed out.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. Oh, haunted houses and buildings are some of my favorite stories. This one is sad and mysterious. Thanks.

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  11. I like the face in the door story.

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  12. This is spooky! That door is creepy!

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  13. Keep them coming. I love your October Blogs!


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  14. Very eerie door. These posts are too much fun. :-)

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