Auburn, AL is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Auburn University Chapel. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The Chapel is the second-oldest building on the Auburn University campus. It was built in 1851 as a Presbyterian church. During the Civil War, it briefly served as a Confederate hospital for wounded soldiers.
In the late 1800s, it was used as classrooms when the nearby Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College burned in 1887. The building was sold to the university in 1921 and served as the YMCA/YWCA center for a few years. For nearly 50 years it housed the Auburn Players Theater, the college's acting troupe. It was converted to the Auburn University Chapel, an interdenominational, multipurpose building in 1973.
It is said that its use as a Civil War hospital may explain the ghostly activity in this property.
There are reports of folks seeing a ghost of a Confederate soldier. The theatre students have identified the spirit as that belonging to Sydney Grimlett. The tale of Grimlett is something of a legend on campus, but nevertheless known by all. It tells of Sydney was a British citizen that came to the United States to fight alongside Confederates in the Civil War. He joined the Sixth Virginia Cavalry. He was wounded during the Atlanta Campaign in the fall of 1864 and was sent to a Confederate hospital in Auburn. It is believed he died here.
There are incidents when drawers that open and close on a whim. Many hear rattling noises in an otherwise empty building. Sometimes lockers and doors shake for no apparent reason. Mechanical or electrical equipment sometimes becomes inoperable, temporarily, with no apparent reason. At times, props disappear with no explanation.
The students also claim he is pretty active during rehearsals. They hear him walking on the catwalks or from the attic, but upon investigating, they find nothing to cause these noises. Other unusual happenings include hearing a piano playing and the disappearance of a photograph of two students who had an unusual apparition in the background.
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