Mary Baldwin College

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Mary Baldwin College is a four-year liberal arts women’s college based in Staunton, VA. It was founded in 1842, and was originally called the Augusta Female Seminary.

There are several reported ghosts at the college:

A ghost known as “Richard” haunts the several areas, including the Administration Building, Wenger Hall and Grafton Library. At least one worker reports seeing him as a a blue-uniformed soldier, with gold buttons on his jacket. In general he is believed to be a playful spirit, hiding items and moving them around.

McClung dormitory is said to be haunted as well. A pale white figure has been seen floating above certain beds in that building, and a child’s handprint mysterious appears from time to time in the room where Mary Julia Baldwin once lived. Items are moved, inexplicably.

A security guard swears that he distinctly heard the sound of someone jumping off the diving board and splash into the pool in the King Building, but when he went to the pool to investigate there was no one there, and not a single ripple in the water.

There is even a “celebrity ghost” at MBC – that of actress Tallulah Bankhead, who attended the school in the early 1900s. She allegedly plays with the lights in the Collins Theatre, and moves objects around.

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318 Prospect St
Staunton, VA 24401
United States

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38.1546524, -79.06944050000004
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  1. I used to live in the room next to Mary Baldwin’s room in McClung Dormitory (room 111) and then on several occasions I felt something in my room and at the time of the occurances I was the only one in the room. It was really weird because I was the only one in the room, my roommate Shoko hadn’t moved in yet and there was a presence in the room besides myself.

    • That’s so creepy but interesting. I am a senior at JMU this year and the only incidents I have had were in Rockingham Hall (now a parking lot) where I found a large handprint on the mirror after I showered. And last year I lived in Weaver Hall and heard odd banging sounds most nights and could never find anything that caused the noise. My roommate and I named the “ghost” Jerry. 🙂

  2. Hi! I an an Alumn of MBC (2013) and I came across this site because of reoccurring memories from a haunting that happened to me and my roommate in Tullidge dorm in 2011 that still appears in my dreams every now and then and I’d like to share one specific incident.

    Me and my roommate lived in the basement of tullidge for our sophomore year. Of my 4 years at MBC,my time in Tullidge wasn’t the most memorable due to the paranormal events I’ve experienced. Anyways. My roommate And I were sleeping in our room one night, and we both woke up with sleep paralysis. I wanted to scream but my body was in a shocked-state that I couldn’t move. I had no idea my roommate was going through the same experience at the same time. After my sleep paralysis went away I lied in bed relieved that it was over however I felt a strong presence next to my bed and I was so scared I didn’t want to turn my head. I close down my eyes and starting praying. As I prayed, my books on my bookshelf were knocked out of the shelf. I know they were secured tightly that there was no way my books could have fell unless something moved them.

    A minute after my books fell, my roommate was talking in her sleep saying “Lucy…is that you??” She repeated it out loud a couple more times and then I responded by telling her name to wake her up. We were both wide awake and she told me how she had sleep paralysis and She thought I was standing at the foot of her bed when she woke up but I never left my bed. This all happened around 3:30am. We didn’t go back to sleep after that.

    After she’s transferred to another college, I had the room to myself enduring further paranormal activities throughout the restaurant of sophomore year. To this day, I still have dreams of that in Tullidge that randomly occur.

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