SUNY Plattsburgh - Macdonough Hall

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Macdonough Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh is reportedly very haunted, say witnesses who have heard toilets flush and radios and fire alarms turn on, seen strange apparitions and bathroom lights that come on and off, and found locked doors unlocked. The hauntings are believed to stem from before the hall was built on the marshland that once stood here. In 1949, construction workers turned up the bones and headstone of “wife of Benj. Vaughn and daughter of Nathan and Rosann Averill. Died Dec. 12, 1812, age 47 years.” Another grisly tale about the hall says it was built by a wealthy family who intended to sell it to the college. The family’s old butler, Mortimer, had some mental health issues and killed a young girl in the house, hiding her body in the attic. This is how students explain the ghostly sounds of a screaming girl or a man laughing heard here on occasion. However… Michael Duane of the class of ’80, now a tax attorney in Pennsylvania, admits to making up and telling this story to freshman, who have perpetuated the rumors. Still, many swear that there are ghosts that are not works of Duane’s imagination in Macdonough Hall.

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Geographic Information

Address:
101 Broad St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
United States

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GPS:
44.69380411224177, -73.46258533005312
County:
Clinton County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Plattsburgh, NY (0.6 mi.)
Parc, NY (1.9 mi.)
Plattsburgh West, NY (2.1 mi.)
Cumberland Head, NY (3.3 mi.)
Morrisonville, NY (4.9 mi.)
Peru, NY (8.6 mi.)
West Chazy, NY (9.0 mi.)
North Hero, VT (12.1 mi.)
Dannemora, NY (13.0 mi.)
Keeseville, NY (13.1 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.plattsburgh.edu/studentlife/housing/macdonough.php

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  1. two good friends of mine went here in the late 80’s and there were no gohost sotries or hauntings going on. they told me about parties and the like and knew of my interest in ghosts so it would have come up if the stories had any validation if only as a way to get me to visit.

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