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Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theater is said to be haunted by Margaret, a ghost who haunts the third floor and the stage. Margaret is said to tinker with elevators and electricity, lock doors, bang on lockers and call the names of students.

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601 College St
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
United States

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36.535039, -87.3540979
Montgomery County, Tennessee
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Clarksville, TN (0.5 mi.)
Fort Campbell North, KY (10.1 mi.)
Oak Grove, KY (10.2 mi.)
Guthrie, KY (13.0 mi.)
Trenton, KY (14.0 mi.)
Adams, TN (16.3 mi.)
Pembroke, KY (16.6 mi.)
Slayden, TN (17.8 mi.)
LaFayette, KY (17.9 mi.)
Cumberland City, TN (18.5 mi.)

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  1. Ok, first off, it is so difficult to get to the third floor (where the ‘ghost’ is most active). secondly, Margaret Trahern was who the building was named after, but she did die there, she died in her mansion a few block down by the river.
    The elevators are the mainly freaky part of that cursed building. Was trapped in there, at night I might add, for a good 15 minutes before it miraculously started up again as I pulled my cellphone out to call for help. Campus is a defiantly frightening place to be at night already but now I stick to the stairway. But even then, can’t stand them, doors slam even when you know there’s a stopper, noises are amplified, and for some reason, how do I put this…. Oh ya, Flippin footsteps follow you, windows are strangely open and then close, and the stage area, where she’s also supposedly active, you can literally be suffocated in there if the air vents shit off.
    Haunted? Wouldn’t be surprised

  2. So I’m not having any problems in trahern, but in my dorm. In hand village my apartment door has been shaking and the door handle jiggling like someone is trying to get in. And the occasional bang of frustration. I need help on this. Please.

  3. Patrick Ramsey  |  

    I am Patrick Ramsey and I used to be a student and also used to work at APSU. Yes, folks APSU is very haunted. The Clements Building, 3rd floor, at night or during the weekend, you get an uneasy feeling in the hallway. Also, in the Music/Communication Building, at night, you will hear footsteps coming towards you on the other side, around the corner; however, no one comes around the corner, even though you still hear footsteps. At time, in the theater, you hear the piano playing, but no one is around. The campus library is also haunted. Lower level.Night time.Also, the kitchen cooking area, at night.pots and pans moving on their own.Downstairs below the kitchen where the student P.O. Boxes and other officer are at, at night, you feel as though there’s someone/thing following you. I can go on and on.

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