St. Michael’s College is located in Colchester, VT. It’s one of those colleges you drive by all the time and admire the beauty of the historic buildings. Seemingly, a picture perfect campus with a typical Vermont look and appeal. But are there strange things going on behind locked doors?
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St Michael’s (or St. Mikes, as it is known locally) campus may have ghostly inhabitants
The theater supposedly is haunted by a long dead nun who assists (or more likely frightens) actors. Incidents have been reported of props mysteriously disappearing, during performances, with no explanation. Some claim that the men’s first year dormitory also houses an evil presence. In fact there are many paranormal stories about St Michael’s College including curses, ghosts, a disembodied arm and even an ax massacre alert in the area.
Ghost Stories Abound at St Michael’s College
Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, just outside of Burlington, St. Michael’s College has developed a reputation over time for paranormal occurrences and haunted spots around its campus. From abandoned buildings to dormitories still in use today, students and alumni have shared chilling tales of spectral encounters.
On North Campus stands the deteriorating Herrouet Theatre, where plays and performances were once held. According to accounts, the ghost of a former nun named Sister Sarah haunts the site, having been spotted smiling in the audience and moving props. When the theater was closed and productions moved to the McCarthy Center, Sister Sarah’s spirit allegedly followed. Students have reported seeing her wander the backstage area before vanishing.
The Empty Chapel Occurrences
Beside the theater lies an empty chapel, locked up for years. Passersby frequently feel an unnerving sense of being watched around the chapel, even in daylight. In 1978, students were awoken by the chapel bell ringing to find the Herrouet Theatre on fire. But investigators never found any bell or alarm that could have sounded.
Founders Hall, the oldest building on campus, also has its share of paranormal tales. Students report doors mysteriously locking and unlocking, toilets flushing, and electronics turning on and off. These occurrences are attributed to unsettled spirits of those who died within the dorm over the years.
Within Sloane Hall, the former darkroom of a late art professor emits an eerie presence. Objects vanish and reappear, and some claim to see an unsettling visage still lurking in the shadows. While none of these ghostly legends have been proven definitively, students continue to whisper of supernatural mysteries hidden within the beautiful but haunting grounds of St. Michael’s College.
A rumor persists that in the 60s or 70s, young men were taking part in some sort of occult rituals within the walls of St Mikes
Over in Joyce Hall, legend tells of occult rituals being held in the attic during the 1960s. One interrupted ceremony supposedly left a portal open, leading to modern reports of ghostly footsteps and flickering lights from the attic. Two students in 1979 heard the noises over holiday break and discovered a hidden pentagram.
During one such covert meeting, a participant claims that he needed to close the “portal” before everyone involved in the ritual left, but by that time security had arrived and the group was escorted off campus. The door to the attic is padlocked shut. However, eerie lights have been seen in the attic. Footsteps have been heard in the middle of the night by residents sleeping on the top floor.
Joe Citro confirmed in his book Vermont Haunts, that the pentagram does indeed exist. As of 2011, the image of the pentagram still appears on the floor despite attempts to remove it. For more (much more) stories about St Michael’s College, read Joe Citro’s wonderfully eerie book Vermont Haunts.
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