Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Updated: Saturday, March 14, 2009 17:03
Olin also mentioned an encounter her friend had with Henry while completely alone in her room.
Olin's friend claimed to have felt strongly that there was another person in the room with her although she was completely alone. She believed it was Henry and kindly asked him to leave. After doing so she no longer felt a presence in her room.
Plenty of the residential halls around campus have their own chilling tales, but some of the most haunted buildings are the much older administrative ones such as Grasse Mount.
Grasse Mount, purchased by UVM in 1895, was once a residence hall for women. Now it is home to the department of UVM Development and Alumni Relations. It has a long history of paranormal activity.
Both VAPOR and Citro reference the unexplainable activity that has occurred in Grasse Mount such as voices, door slamming and window rattling coming from the second floor when no one is there.
Citro references one notable moment in Grasse Mount's haunted past. Former director of Continuing Education Lynne Ballard was alone one night in the building when she began to hear loud noises coming from upstairs.
Ballard heard doors slamming, footsteps pounding and windows rattling. She called her husband as well as Police Services. When both parties arrived there was nothing and no one to be found besides Ballard.
Deb Bryan, a UVM employee working in Grasse Mount, has experienced a much more recent encounter with paranormal activity. Bryan stated she was walking down the hall when she was overcome with the feeling someone was right behind her.
"I could feel someone behind me … the hair stood up on the back of my neck," stated Bryan. She turned slightly to look behind her and saw the form of a woman with light coming from behind her, an odd sight because there was no window or lighting at the other end of the hall.
According to Bryan, she turned her back in confusion and when she turned to look again, the figure was gone. She looked throughout the hallway and up and down the stairs but could find no trace of the figure.
There have been other instances of activity just like this at Grasse Mount and other buildings all over campus. VAPOR claims Coolidge Hall has a ghost that wakes students up by staring at them and students from Simpson Hall have reported waking up freezing with the feeling someone is in bed with them.
Whether you're a believer, skeptical or just plain curious, the idea of ghosts and hauntings on campus is intriguing. If you're feeling particularly adventurous on a dark, chilly night, go check it out. Who knows what, or who, you might find.