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The crew team at George Mason University has reported seeing the ghost of an old man near the docks or dam. Legend has it that he’s Old Man Johnson, a deceased area rower who, in the 1970s, found his wife having an affair. The distraught man went out rowing and was never seen again. Some say he went off the Occoquan River dam.

The gazebo near the campus pond also is said to be haunted, by the ghost of a young man who drowned in the lake. His body was discovered by two young women in the gazebo, and his ghost is said to appear, beckoning young women to come sit with him. Some staff maintain that this is just a made-up story.

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4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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38.8329383, -77.30837700000001
Fairfax County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Fairfax, VA (0.9 mi.)
Fairfax Station, VA (2.4 mi.)
Mantua, VA (3.0 mi.)
Oakton, VA (3.3 mi.)
Burke, VA (3.4 mi.)
Kings Park, VA (4.0 mi.)
Ravensworth, VA (5.1 mi.)
Merrifield, VA (5.2 mi.)
Vienna, VA (5.3 mi.)
Clifton, VA (5.6 mi.)


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    • My ex best friend and I also saw a ghost when we stayed at the Presidents Park dorm for orientation. He left when we freaked out. Not sure who he was but may have been my deceased grandfather.

  1. hi my name is tina I have been living with a ghost in the aptand it been moving picture knocking on the bedroom door please need help with this ghost and find out what it went

  2. I am an art major at George Mason University. I often have to work late into the night in the studios and computer labs, which are free for student use all night. I routinely hear footsteps coming from the roof, knocking on the walls coming from studios that are empty, and see shadows move past the door, but when i i open it and look out there I find that the hallway is totally empty. one time i brought some friends to investigate and one of our friends disappeared for an hour without a trace and then claimed he “was just looking at this weird drawing” but couldn’t find it when he tried to show us. That may have been a prank on his part, but the campus police that have to patrol the building agree that there is definitely something very wrong with the fine arts building at night, especially the lowest floor, and often argue over who has to do the walk-through. I always bring crystals and a baseball bat and work with my back to the wall when i can. i always feel like I’m being watched from the hallway when I’m working at the art building, including right now.

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