Bowne Hall - Dutchess Community College

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Bowne Hall at Dutchess Community College was built around 1913 as the Nettie Bowne TB Hospital. It is rumored to be haunted by what staff and students have called “strange presences.”

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53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
United States

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41.72359666319628, -73.90526461602349
Dutchess County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Fairview, NY (0.8 mi.)
Poughkeepsie, NY (1.8 mi.)
Arlington, NY (2.0 mi.)
Highland, NY (2.8 mi.)
Haviland, NY (3.0 mi.)
Titusville, NY (4.2 mi.)
Hyde Park, NY (4.5 mi.)
Pleasant Valley, NY (4.6 mi.)
Spackenkill, NY (4.7 mi.)
Red Oaks Mill, NY (4.9 mi.)


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  1. I worked as a night shift guard at Dutchess Community College in the latter part of the ’80s and the early ’90s. I have walked alone through Bowne Hall hundreds of times at night. I have been in the basement checking meter readings in the boiler room. It is a creepy place to be; because the age of the building, and the boiler is very old and has been re-patched with plaster several times. I have never felt the presence of any one but myself there.

    I will admit that the first time I went to the basement I felt a chill when I opened the door. I started down the stairs and there was nothing to be concerned about. Other buildings are said to be haunted at DCC as well. However I have no proof to those claims.

  2. Hey Vince
    Back in the 80’s I worked at DCC for a company called Gleason Security. Twice a night I would have to go into the basement of Bowne hall to punch a small metal key into a clock I carried around my shoulder. The only light down there was the red glow of the exit signs. I am not a superstitious person but every time I went down there the hairs on the back of my neck would stand on end. I always felt uneasy and like I was being watched. It was the only building on campus I used to dread going into. Over 30 years later and I can still see the dark image of the boilers and the red glow of those exit signs.

  3. Back in the late 90’s, I was a member of a small paranormal group called Dutchess Paranormal Investigations (DPI). We had a friend that worked at the college and got us in to the famed Bowne Hall. We did EVP sessions and photos. We had a ton of EVP’s and orb photos. My friend Erin and I also experienced the lights go off and a door shut behind us. I doubt I have any of that evidence left. I don’t know what happened to DPI but I know that there is now Poughkeepsie Paranormal that is local to the college.

  4. I used to work in Bowne Hall for Dean Virginia Stoffel back in 2012 as an Admin Asst. I had frequently been tasked with taking documents up to the 2nd floor, so I used the stairwell/elevator every day. In May of 2012 a few days prior to when my work-study position was coming to an end, I decided to take the stairwell closest to the elevator which was near the front entrance as opposed to the stairwell down the hall by the Office of Community Services. As I placed my hand on the door to open it and enter the stairwell, I saw a young woman dressed in a hospital gown with her back turned towards the door. Needless to say, that was my last day. When I went back into the office to gather my things, I told the office manager Ms. Barbara Mosher what I had seen and at that point she let me know that downstairs used to be the morgue and it was common to see ghosts/apparitions in the bldg. I used to take the elevator down to the vending machine in the basement during my breaks and had no clue about the history.

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