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The historic Sessions House dorm at Smith College campus was originally built in 1710 with a secret passageway inside which the owners could hide from attacking Native Americans. It’s haunted by original builder Captain Jonathan Hunt’s granddaughter Lucy and her lover, Johnny Burgoyne, a British general whom she met when he was held captive in the house during the Revolutionary War. The hidden passageway was their meeting place of choice. When he was sent back to England, he promised to return to Lucy, but never did; their spirits are said to live on together in this house. Other house legends include one of a woman who killed her children with an axe, mistaking them for burglars, and two students who fell to their deaths while searching for the hidden passageway.

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Smith College
Northampton, MA
United States

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42.320430735163725, -72.63949728014268
Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Nearest Towns:
Northampton, MA (0.3 mi.)
Hadley, MA (3.0 mi.)
Easthampton, MA (4.0 mi.)
Hatfield, MA (4.1 mi.)
South Hadley, MA (5.4 mi.)
Williamsburg, MA (6.8 mi.)
South Amherst, MA (7.0 mi.)
Westhampton, MA (7.0 mi.)
Amherst Center, MA (7.2 mi.)
Granby, MA (7.7 mi.)

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