By Fiona McElrath
Every town has its ghost stories, and Georgetown is no different.
If you are a fan of frightening fantasies, here are the top five stories that may entertain you.
5)You may (or may not) have heard of Tent Girl, buried in the Georgetown cemetery.
In the 60s, a young woman was found wrapped in a tent on the side of the road, dead.
Without all of the technology of today, the local police had no way of identifying her, and thus were forced to bury her under a gravestone that merely read, “Tent Girl.”
While someone did eventually find out who she was, her original gravestone is still in the cemetery. Visitors are welcome.
4) Did you know about the crow on campus? Pete, the legendary talking crow, is said to have been the reason a bell is used to start horses in horse races after he caused numerous false starts by yelling “Go!”
Unfortunately, this fine-talking fowl was shot down by a visiting boy. He was buried somewhere on campus, but his grave is unmarked, so you would have a rather difficult time finding him.
3) Everybody knows Pawling is haunted; what not everybody knows is why.
What you might not know is that Pawling was the first permanent dorm to students before it became a home to professors. The building also has a history of fires.
The possible reason for its haunting, however, is not necessarily as well known. During a flu epidemic in 1918, it was used as a hospital. Perhaps some of the poor souls who went in never came out. As they say, “He’s dead, Jim.”
2) Back in the day, when Giddings was still being built, a little girl would come to play at the construction site everyday.
When she stopped showing up, the workers became so concerned that they asked around, only find out she had died of pneumonia.
Her spirit now is said to roam the completed play place, pranking and laughing; her footsteps can be heard through the main hallway on occasion.
Accounts differ on why exactly she remains—some say she left her toys at the construction site and is forever searching for them; others, say she simply loved playing there so much that she never left.
1) While we are discussing things on campus that are no more—there is a sign on south campus that marks where the old Rucker Hall used to be.
Before this residence hall was torn down, a girl hung herself in her closet.
Now, a corner of the Phi Mu house overlaps where this girl’s room was, and her ghost has taken a liking to this new residence. She can be heard pounding on the walls in a certain corner room.
There you have it—five spooky (or, not-so-spooky) stories to tell your friends, siblings, dog, cat, hamster or bird.
Whatever you do this Halloween, be it trick-or-treating, dressing up, partying, door-decorating, watching a movie, hanging out with friends or nothing at all, have fun and stay safe.