Illinois College, founded in 1829, is rumored to have several haunted buildings. Among them are Sturtevant Hall and Beecher Hall, where folks have reported apparitions, footsteps, and other noises. Beecher Hall, according to campus talk, was formerly a medical building and the top floor was a space for storing cadavers. Williams Jenning Bryan is thought to be one of the spirits haunting Beecher. The Smith House is purported to be haunted by original owner’s daughter Effie, around whom many campus legends have been spun, and Whipple Hall is home to a Gray Ghost who has no face. Ellis Hall is haunted by a mischievous ghost called Gail, who died while living here, and Fayerweather House is visited by Susie, who hanged herself in Room 5’s closet. Crampton Hall, the McGaw building and the Rammelkamp Chapel are also on the long list of Illinois College’s haunted places.
If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!
What do you think? Is this place really haunted? Voice your opinion here! Click "thumbs up" if you think its haunted, or "thumbs down" if you think its all just a tall tale.
- 1101 W College Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Get Directions »
- 39.73219144703613, -90.24758827712498
- Morgan County, Illinois
- Nearest Towns:
- Jacksonville, IL (1.0 mi.)
South Jacksonville, IL (1.9 mi.)
Lynnville, IL (6.1 mi.)
Woodson, IL (7.3 mi.)
Chapin, IL (8.4 mi.)
Concord, IL (8.9 mi.)
Murrayville, IL (10.1 mi.)
Arenzville, IL (12.0 mi.)
Winchester, IL (13.2 mi.)
Exeter, IL (13.3 mi.)
Please note: It is your responsibility to acquire appropriate permissions before investigating any location listed on this site. Private property should be respected at all times, as should all posted signs concerning trespassing, hours of operation and other local regulations. Many "ghost hunters" have been arrested because they failed to contact property owners and/or local authorities ahead of time.
Disclaimer: The stories posted here are user-submitted and are, in the nature of "ghost stories," largely unverifiable. HauntedPlaces.org makes no claims that any of the statements posted here are factually accurate. The vast majority of information provided on this web site is anecdotal, and as such, should be viewed in the same light as local folklore and urban legends.