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Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities

Daniel W. Barefoot

John F. Blair, Publisher
$13.95 hardcover
6 x 9     
193 pages
Published in 2004

If you’re touring Flagler College in historic St. Augustine, look for an old man in a straw hat who wanders away from your group. He is Henry Flagler, railroad magnate, co-owner of Stanford Oil, and perhaps the man most responsible for the Florida boom. He built the spectacular, 540-room, Moorish revival palace that now houses his namesake college. And he died back in 1913.

The glow around the door of the unoccupied room on the third floor is the spirit of Henry Flagler’s second wife. The phantom footsteps on the marble stairs to the mezzanine are the wraith of his third wife. The woman in black beckoning from the fourth floor is the ghost of his mistress, said to be imprisoned there.

Haunted Halls of Ivy contains 39 supernatural tales from colleges and universities throughout the South. Some of the region’s oldest, largest, and most famous institutions are represented here, as are smaller, well-respected schools.

This isn’t the dull, archetypal stuff you had to learn in Professor Staff’s Paranormal Events 101 class back at State Tech U.

At Virginia Military Institute, you’ll see the statue of Stonewall Jackson that turns its bronze head in disgust every time a cadet is drummed out of the corps.

In the shadow of the University of Texas Tower, you’ll encounter the specters of the victims killed on the day in 1966 when Charles Whitman went hunting for humans.

At Transylvania University in Kentucky, you’ll learn the curse of the mad professor known in his day as “the Daniel Boone of American science.”

At Belmont University in Tennessee, you’ll visit the mansion haunted by the woman who could out-Scarlett any Southern belle, real or fictional.

At the University of Virginia, you’ll hear the footsteps of the professor shot dead back in the days when students openly assaulted their instructors, even at Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village.”

Indeed, by the time you turn the final page of this book, you’ll have had a grand time getting your graduate-level education in the haunts of Southern colleges from Virginia to Texas.

Schools featured in Haunted Halls of Ivy:

  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
  • Athens State University (Athens)
  • Auburn University (Auburn)
  • Huntingdon College (Montgomery)
  • Harding University (Searcy)
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia)
  • Flagler College (St. Augustine)
  • Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee)
  • Rollins College (Winter Haven)
  • Augusta State University (Augusta)
  • Berry College (Mt. Berry)
  • Emory University (Atlanta and Oxford)
  • University of Georgia (Athens)
  • Transylvania University (Lexington)
  • Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green)
  • Northwestern State University (Natchitoches)
  • Saint Charles Borromeo College (Grand Couteau)
  • University of Mississippi (Oxford)
  • Mississippi University for Women (Columbus)Chowan College (Murfreesboro)
  • Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia)
  • Winthrop University (Rock Hill)
  • Belmont University (Nashville)
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City)
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College (Athens)
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
  • University of North Texas (Denton)
  • University of Texas (Austin)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock)
  • Wayland Baptist University (Plainview)
  • Sweet Briar College (Amherst)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
  • Virginia Military Institute (Lexington)
  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg)
  • Davis & Elkins College (Elkins)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown)



“As one reads this book the old sense of what it was like to be a college student comes rushing back, the joy and angst, the anticipation and dread, and the feeling of being on your own for the first time. It is little wonder that many of the young people who have had their college experience cut short by death have decided to hang around campus for a little while longer. It also came as no surprise that William Faulkner is still hanging around his home on the campus of Ole Miss. I think that Faulkner, who loved ghost stories, would thoroughly enjoy this book, just as I did.”
Amazon.com reviewer