Walking with ghosts

Highland Cavalier Editor in Chief Hannah Mullins isn’t the only entity haunting the halls of UVa-Wise this October, as the annual Ghost Walk highlights other phenomena.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will host its annual Ghost Walk on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. starting at the Jefferson Lounge.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Compliance Jewell Worley will spend the evening taking students on a tour of campus and telling ghost stories.

Worley said that around 75 to 100 students come out for the special event each year.  “If the weather is good and we can actually walk the campus, more students attend,” Worley said.

Worley also said that her favorite ghost on the ghost walk is the ghost that haunts McCraray.  “I tell a whole different version of the McCraray ghost,” Worley says.  Most people believe that Lady McCraray haunts McCraray Hall but Worley’s story is quite different.

“Louis Lowery lived in McCraray in the apartment just off the pool room, so I firmly believe that it’s Louis Lowery.”

Worley was also a student when Lowery lived in McCraray, so her story is not only accurate, but also intriguing.

Another story that always frightens students is the curse upon Zehmer Hall.  Worley says that students are always shocked by this story because the witch that cursed the hall did not know that there would be an airport close by when she predicted a plane falling out of the sky onto the hall.

There are several stories that encompass the entire campus and Worley encourages students to come out and get into the spooky spirit.

If there happens to be rain on the day of the event, the storytelling is moved to the chapel where the lights have been known to flicker and scare students more than the stories do.

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