Salem College

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Salem College began in 1772 as a primary school, then a high school and now a college. It is the oldest women’s college in the Southern U.S., and it has the abundance of haunts fitting to such an old institution. For example, the Clewell Dorm is haunted by a little girl who fell down an elevator shaft (now boarded up), and in the Gramley Library, the spirits of two girls electrocuted in 1907 manifest as apparitions and screams on the third floor. Gramley Dorm has a spirit of a girl who hanged herself in the attic; she makes dragging sounds in the attic as if moving furniture. The Fine Arts Center has a pianist ghost who walks down the halls and plays the pianos and organs, and the ghost of a man who died in Theatre #2 is said to haunt that building. At Babcock Dormitory, the lobby portrait of Mary Reynolds Babcock, daughter of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, is said to have eyes that follow you.

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601 S Church St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
United States

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36.0875173, -80.24120719999996
Forsyth County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Winston-Salem, NC (0.9 mi.)
Wallburg, NC (7.8 mi.)
Walkertown, NC (7.8 mi.)
Bethania, NC (8.5 mi.)
Clemmons, NC (9.1 mi.)
Midway, NC (9.4 mi.)
Kernersville, NC (9.6 mi.)
Lewisville, NC (10.0 mi.)
Rural Hall, NC (11.0 mi.)
Bermuda Run, NC (11.6 mi.)

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  1. I was in the Fine Arts building taking an exam. We were graduate students and the professor left and the students were doing the tests themselves, as it was all essays and had to be original. I am a slow writer and I left very late, it was a little after 11 p.m. I thought I would be locked in the building by security, so when I heard someone playing the very loud pipe organ in one of the theaters there, I was relieved. I wanted to see if there was a class in there, and who was playing. I opened the door and walked to the inner door. I was in shock when I walked in and the lights were on, but no one was there and I saw the keyboard and the pedals moving. I thought it might be some type of player organ, or a software program that was doing this playing. I ran out, since I felt very alone and it was very cold in the theater. I went out to my car, and I was the only car there, there was no one else around, and all was very, very quiet. I ran to my car and left to go home very quickly. I called up the fine arts dept. the next day and inquired about the “player” organ. They told me there was no such thing, it was a traditional old pipe organ only operated by a human. There was no human there when I looked in that night when it was playing. This really spooked me. This happened during the end of the Fall 2010 semester.

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