Freaky Friday: University of Mississippi

Having grown up in New Jersey a mere 20 minutes from where the New York Giants play, it is safe to say that I have Super Bowl fever. As I count down the hours until game time, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to explore the ghosts of my beloved quarterback, Eli Manning’s, alma mater. Without further ado, I bring you the tales of ghosts at Ole Miss.

The Lyceum

The University of Mississippi opened its doors in 1844, not long before the start of the Civil War. Consequently, the school’s early history is defined by its students’ participation in the war and the campus’ involvement. Those who were wounded or near death as a result of local battles were housed in the Lyceum, one of the school’s original buildings. It was also where students who served in the war took their classes. To this day, unexplained sounds in the building are attributed to its agonizing past and believed to be caused by “traumatized soldiers returning to the comfort of a happier place.”

William Faulkner

Faulkner and Ole Miss shared Oxford, Mississippi as their home for more than 30 years. Though Faulkner did not receive a degree from the university, he took a few classes there and the school later purchased his home, which is now a destination for literature and history-buffs alike. Visitors to the grounds have said a man’s cries can be heard along with unidentified footsteps and mysterious banging. The spookiest part of all is the claim that his writing has appeared on the walls, which is believed to have been written by Faulkner’s ghost. Creepy!

Have you heard of these stories at Ole Miss? Do you know of more freaky tales we should cover? Tell us in the comments below and your story could be featured here!

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