Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Many spooky tales are told about Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a couple of them originating in Hirshson Hall. In Room 304, for example, objects are said to fly off shelves, the blinds pull down by themselves, mysterious sounds of scratching and tapping are heard and apparitions have been seen in mirrors. At Smith Hall, folks say a ghost takes his stroll along the roof at around 3 a.m. And in the quad area, some say a ghost walks his dog between 1 and 3 a.m.

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300 Pulteney St
Geneva, NY 14456
United States

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42.85594385146537, -76.98784160631476
Ontario County, New York
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  1. Along the East side of the back road while driving South towards the old gallery and art studio, is a rectangular cut out grove/ drop/ assembly area for outdoor gatherings and meetings. Tales of cult orgies, séances, hazings, and initiation rites were and probably still are practiced here…

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