Western Carolina University - The Moore Building

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As rumor has it, in the mid-1960s a student was murdered after she refused a man’s amorous advances. She now is said to haunt the third floor, crying, screaming and pacing. The man was caught and served a few years in a mental hospital, but then was released. He passed away in the 1980s, and folks say the hauntings in the dorm, now turned into classrooms, has all but stopped. Students still claim to get the willies in the building, however.

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Circle Dr
Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States

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35.31137887751661, -83.17799609892973
Jackson County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Cullowhee, NC (0.2 mi.)
Forest Hills, NC (1.3 mi.)
Webster, NC (3.3 mi.)
Sylva, NC (5.1 mi.)
Dillsboro, NC (5.8 mi.)
Glenville, NC (9.9 mi.)
Cherokee, NC (13.6 mi.)
Franklin, NC (14.5 mi.)
Hazelwood, NC (14.6 mi.)
Cashiers, NC (14.9 mi.)


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  1. My sister lived in Moore for awhile during her time at WCU. She is as skeptical about ghosts and hauntings as they come. That said, she did remark that strange things happened at times. Lights flickering. The sounds of voices and footsteps when nobody else was around.

  2. Went to WCU in the late 80s and early 90s, and I can say for sure that the Moore building is haunted. The third floor was closed for a great deal of my time there as a student and was eventually re-opened for the College of Health Sciences. I worked as Student Security for work-study and we had to do building checks on all of the doors. Let me tell you, it is one creepy building. The negative energy that you feel is phenomenal. The rumor is that is was a guy named “Cooney” that committed the crime and he did end up in the State Mental Hospital (Broughton). Now, I am not sure that he would have been the one to do something like that, as he seemed pretty harmless. He used to ride around campus on a John Deere riding mower and just bum cigarettes off of the students. He eventually died in the mid 90s. The story of the murdered girl is legendary there at WCU and there have definitely been some weird things associated with Moore Hall. There was a group of us that would investigate some of these haunted places in Western North Carolina (Helen’s Bridge, Balsam Mountain Inn, The Road to Nowhere, Moore Hall, Grove Park Inn, etc) and they all have a certain energy about them. I can certainly say there is a lot of paranormal activity in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

  3. cimmfr2@bellsouth.net  |  

    I had classes in Moore Hall and years later I went back to Moore to pick up some papers. I wanted to go inside the 3rd floor but they would not open the door. The people who worked there told me “Don’t do it; we’ve heard things being moved about on the floor up there”. I went to the door, looked through the glass panel, didn’t see or hear anything but couldn’t help but think about what had happened here years ago.

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