With Native American burial grounds, a Civil War battle site and legends of dead students turned ghosts, it seems that UT is a hotbed for the paranormal.
Possibly the most well-known legend is about Sophronia Strong of Strong Hall, who is said to be a motherly apparition that would appear during arguments and turmoil when the hall was in use. According to legend, every year on Sophronia's birthday, Feb. 17, she would appear in a large mirror that was once in the main lobby of the hall, which led students to begin throwing her a birthday party every year.
"I have never had a first hand experience with paranormal life, but I believe that it's out there and know that there are people that have had experience with them," Emily Pribus, freshman in educational interpreting, said.
The Hill also has a haunted history, which starts with the Battle of Fort Sanders. Graves of Civil War soldiers were found when the foundation for Blount Hall was being dug in 1900. They were reburied at the National Cemetery, but their spirits were said to roam the corridors of Blount Hall. When the building was razed, the soldiers supposedly relocated to Perkins Hall.
There is also the legend of the black dog, or barghest, that guards the Hill. The dog is said to have glowing red eyes and long fangs and to howl mournfully in the night. Supposedly, it may be the pet of Mr. and Mrs Lawrence Tyson, and prowls the campus searching for its owners.
The Tysons are also the feature in another legend. The Tyson House is said to be haunted by General Lawrence Tyson and Isabella Tyson Gilpin, daughter of Lawrence and Bettie Tyson.
Gravesites continue as a feature of stories concerning McClung Museum, Reese Hall and the Agricultural Campus.
The Frank D. McClung Museum is said to be built atop Native American burial mounds, whose spirits now roam the building.
The Agricultural Campus is also home to a Native American burial mound.
Reese Hall is said to be built upon both Native American burial grounds and an old cemetery, which were found on early maps of Knoxville. There are no records of the graves being moved. According to legend, their spirits wander the halls, scaring students.
Hess Hall, Alumni Memorial Building and Hoskins Library are also among the list of haunted legends.
Hess Hall is said to be haunted by a student who committed suicide in the 1970s.
David Wilkey, freshman in materials science and engineering, has doubts about the traditional idea of ghosts on campus.
"People could get possessed, but I don't know about ghosts. Spirits probably exist more than ghosts," said Wilkey.
Alumni Memorial Building is said to be haunted by a ghost named "Fanny." Legend has it that Fanny was an amateur actress at the university on her way to Hollywood. Before she made it over, though, she died of tuberculosis. She is said to have originally haunted the auditorium of the old Science Hall. After it was razed, she moved to Alumni Memorial Building.
Hoskins Library is said to be haunted by a graduate student, Evening Primrose. Legend states that she stationed herself in the library to work on her doctoral dissertation, and was found dead under a stack of books. It is now believed that she roams the halls of Hoskins.
Despite the widespread spooky tales, some students are still skeptics.
"Maybe these places aren't haunted, but they do hold a spiritual something," said Leeda Roshanfar, sophomore in kinesiology.