Virginia Military Institute

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Virginia Military Institute, which originally opened in 1839 and has boasted famous professors of the likes of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including an apparition of a hanged man.
Jackson’s possessions and the skeleton of his horse are displayed in the chapel. Students have reported a blue light that drifts through the halls and enters Jackson’s classroom. A ghost called the Yellow Peril with a bony yellow face shows up in the third floor of the barracks, sometimes accompanied by strange wails. The statue of Virginia Mourning Her Dead by Moses Ezekiel is said to emit moans and cries and even weeps real tears. And another ghost is said to knock on the dorm doors just in time to wake up cadets for sentry duty. Cadet-guided tours are offered every day, according to reports.

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Institute Hill
Lexington, VA
United States

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37.789819, -79.43522559999997
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