Mary Baldwin College

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Mary Baldwin College is a four-year liberal arts women’s college based in Staunton, VA. It was founded in 1842, and was originally called the Augusta Female Seminary.

There are several reported ghosts at the college:

A ghost known as “Richard” haunts the several areas, including the Administration Building, Wenger Hall and Grafton Library. At least one worker reports seeing him as a a blue-uniformed soldier, with gold buttons on his jacket. In general he is believed to be a playful spirit, hiding items and moving them around.

McClung dormitory is said to be haunted as well. A pale white figure has been seen floating above certain beds in that building, and a child’s handprint mysterious appears from time to time in the room where Mary Julia Baldwin once lived. Items are moved, inexplicably.

A security guard swears that he distinctly heard the sound of someone jumping off the diving board and splash into the pool in the King Building, but when he went to the pool to investigate there was no one there, and not a single ripple in the water.

There is even a “celebrity ghost” at MBC – that of actress Tallulah Bankhead, who attended the school in the early 1900s. She allegedly plays with the lights in the Collins Theatre, and moves objects around.

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318 Prospect St
Staunton, VA 24401
United States

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38.1546524, -79.06944050000004
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  1. I used to live in the room next to Mary Baldwin’s room in McClung Dormitory (room 111) and then on several occasions I felt something in my room and at the time of the occurances I was the only one in the room. It was really weird because I was the only one in the room, my roommate Shoko hadn’t moved in yet and there was a presence in the room besides myself.

    • That’s so creepy but interesting. I am a senior at JMU this year and the only incidents I have had were in Rockingham Hall (now a parking lot) where I found a large handprint on the mirror after I showered. And last year I lived in Weaver Hall and heard odd banging sounds most nights and could never find anything that caused the noise. My roommate and I named the “ghost” Jerry. 🙂

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