The college has a beautiful and small campus, but what lies beneath the surface is chilling. Many have heard whispers and seen entities playing the back room of the library where the books and archives are located. The elevator has also taken its riders to their destination without the pushing of any buttons (including the buttons outside the elevator on the separate floors). No one knows who these entities are or why they are there, but they become active in the early hours of the morning.
The Castle, the college’s trademark, has many lost souls that still roam the halls. Originally, the castle was home to Mr. Whitelaw Reid, a millionaire. His three children died in the castle during a terrible fire, and still roam the hallways of the west room right where the painting of them is. Other strange occurrences include the temporary immobilization of tour guides while giving tours to students, cold spots and sensations of being watched while roaming the halls. There are several accounts of doors opening and closing by themselves.
Just behind the Castle, you can find the graveyard, final resting place of the founders of Manhattanville College and the nuns that once worked there. During the night, you can go see the three statues, if flash pictures are taken, they may come out blurry or have orbs surrounding the statues.
A quick walk down the path from the cemetery is the Old Chapel, complete with an underground catacomb system that acted as the final resting place to the nuns who passed away while working at the college. It wasn’t until the chapel was abandoned that the bodies were moved to the cemetery. Dark shadows can be seen when exploring while footsteps in the gravel outside can be heard in the early morning.
Unfortunately, the residence halls have no shortage of paranormal activity either. Residents have experienced odd scratches down their feet as well as locked doors swinging open in the middle of the night. Spellman Hall, the freshman dormitory building, is most famous for the Ghost of 118. It is said that back when the school was of a Catholic persuasion and the faculty of nuns lived on campus, one nun hung herself in her room, Spellman 118. Since then, the room has been renovated and combined with a surrounding room to accommodate to the Resident Advisor. The door was covered in bricks and the number 118 was removed, but was the ghost? Her spirit has been felt roaming the halls, opening doors probably to check on the children that used to be in her care.
Manhattanville College is absolutely haunted throughout its campus.
If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!
What do you think? Is this place really haunted? Voice your opinion here! Click "thumbs up" if you think its haunted, or "thumbs down" if you think its all just a tall tale.
- 2900 Purchase St
Purchase, NY 10577
Get Directions »
- 41.03086617050972, -73.71482563023164
- Westchester County, New York
- Nearest Towns:
- Purchase, NY (0.7 mi.)
Rye Brook, NY (1.8 mi.)
White Plains, NY (2.5 mi.)
Pemberwick, CT (2.8 mi.)
Glenville, CT (2.9 mi.)
Port Chester, NY (3.3 mi.)
Byram, CT (3.7 mi.)
Rye, NY (3.8 mi.)
Scarsdale, NY (4.0 mi.)
Harrison, NY (4.3 mi.)
Please note: It is your responsibility to acquire appropriate permissions before investigating any location listed on this site. Private property should be respected at all times, as should all posted signs concerning trespassing, hours of operation and other local regulations. Many "ghost hunters" have been arrested because they failed to contact property owners and/or local authorities ahead of time.
Disclaimer: The stories posted here are user-submitted and are, in the nature of "ghost stories," largely unverifiable. HauntedPlaces.org makes no claims that any of the statements posted here are factually accurate. The vast majority of information provided on this web site is anecdotal, and as such, should be viewed in the same light as local folklore and urban legends.