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Cole Hall at the est.-1880 Bridgewater College is rumored to be haunted by its namesake, Dr. Charles Knox Cole. Built in 1929 by Cole’s daughter, Mrs. Virginia Garber Cole Strickler, the hall is an auditorium, and Mr. Cole’s ghost is said to attend the plays shown there. The ghost sits in the balcony, and in lieu of applause, once flickered the lights rapidly when he enjoyed a play. At this time, a cold spot appeared on the balcony.

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Geographic Information

402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812
United States

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38.37892601016702, -78.96695852279663
Rockingham County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Bridgewater, VA (0.6 mi.)
Mount Crawford, VA (2.1 mi.)
Dayton, VA (2.9 mi.)
Weyers Cave, VA (6.9 mi.)
Harrisonburg, VA (7.2 mi.)
Massanetta Springs, VA (7.3 mi.)
Mount Sidney, VA (8.4 mi.)
Grottoes, VA (10.9 mi.)
Verona, VA (12.4 mi.)
Massanutten, VA (12.6 mi.)


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