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Villanova University’s 1963 gothic-style St. Mary’s Hall is rumored to be haunted. A ghostly light has been seen (and heard) playing the organ, electrical anomalies have occurred in many rooms, and splashes have come from the empty pool. Campus legend says the ghost is a pregnant nun who had had an affair with a priest and committed suicide. Other campus legends abound regarding some underground tunnels, but reports say these are actually only utility and maintenance passageways.

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800 E Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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40.0366557, -75.3445825
Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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Broomall, PA (3.9 mi.)
King of Prussia, PA (4.5 mi.)
Devon, PA (4.6 mi.)
Bridgeport, PA (4.7 mi.)


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  1. In August 2014, I moved into my dorm in St. Mary’s Hall before any of the other students because I had to attend orientation. On my first night in the building, I decided to go exploring and get acquainted with my surroundings. Now, the building is in the shape of an “L” and I lived at the far end of the shorter leg. I walked to end of the shorter leg, passed the chapel, and turned right to go down the longer leg. I was about half way down the longer leg of the of the “L” when out of nowhere, a loud bang right where I was just walking. Needless to say I sprinted back to my room. Not really a confirmed paranormal experience, but nonetheless, it is something to be considered given the history of the building.

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