Address: 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085
There are said to be three haunted sites on the campus of Villanova University: Alumni Hall, St. Mary’s Hall and The Dundale Mansion
THE DUNDALE MANSION
Is probably the tamest of the 3. It is said that, friendly ghosts are there. There are some who like to turn lights on and off. Or call residents and faculty by name. Staff and faculty have reported hearing a woman’s voice call them between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m.
The college housed patients at Alumni Hall during the Civil War and World War I The ghosts of former patients who were treated are said to roam the rooms there Besides the abnormal creaks in the floors and walls when no one is nearby. In addition footsteps can be heard at all times of the night when there is no one in the vicinity.
At least four known students have complained about waking up in the middle of the night and being ‘held’ by some force. Although this can be explained away as a form of Sleep Paralysis, it adds to the legend. This is said to have lasted a period of roughly 5 minutes when, abruptly it stopped and everyone was free to move again.
There is also an instance where three counselors and a teenage camper all claim to have heard a woman’s voice call their respective names at around between 3:15 and 3:30 AM. This is strange compared to the one at Dundale Mansion that is heard at 5:15 and 5:30 AM.
A good deal of the instances happened when there was no one there, during the off season or breaks. Counselors have been threatened that they would be fired if they tell any of the students.
ST. MARY’S HALL
Like Alumni Hall, St. Mary’s Hall is rumored to be haunted. However, the story behind the haunting of St. Mary’s is more of a Shakespearean Tragedy.
He was a priest and she was a nun. Their love was doomed before it could have even blossomed. Both had taken the vow of celibacy, but the heart wants what the heart wants, right?
The affair was short-lived. The Nun was so overwhelmed by the shame of her sin, that she took her own life. They say she hanged herself somewhere in St. Mary’s Hall. Some say she killed herself in the basement, while others insist it was in the chapel. In my opinion, the Chapel would make the most sense. This would Spiritually explain why her spirit is not at rest. Being that both a Suicide and a broken vow are Mortal Sins.
Several janitors also have reported hearing what sounds of water splashing from someone swimming in the St. Mary’s pool at all hours of the night. Of course when they have entered the Pool area, the water is still and no one is there. This has happened on more than one occasion.
Security Guards have heard the sounds of a piano being played. Also, they have heard banging and noise coming from the kitchen. Again, these all happen when it is Off Season and no students are present.
Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Department Head
AAD of Division 8