Hollins University appears today on a list of America’s Most Haunted College Campuses:
10. Hollins University
Students reportedly find themselves temporarily locked in practice rooms in Presser Hall, home to the Hollins music department. Chairs supposedly roll themselves violently across the floor, too. And late at night, when no one is inside, music is said to emanate from the building. Legend blames a long-dead girl with an unconsummated crush on her piano teacher. The Hollins Theatre also has a ghost, “Elizabeth.” And a spectral nurse was said to check the foreheads of students at Swannanoa Hall when it was a dorm. The building houses the English department now, though. So, it’s hard to know what that ghost is doing now.
A personal note of amusement: when I was a graduate student there, discussion of these stories in any sort of public forum like this was discouraged. It’s kind of cool to see Hollins embrace its urban legends. (If, in fact, they are urban legends…)