Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
By Robin Wright

Violence. Death. Destruction. When you walk onto the campus of the University of Alabama, you are walking into a place where gunfights, riots, and war have left a number of phantoms behind to haunt the hallways and grounds of the U of A.

The U of A opened its doors to the public in 1831, having about 100 students. Since its inception, the university had disciplinary problems, with gunfights on the grounds not being all that uncommon. After 29 years of trouble, the school was transformed into a military academy, and just in time to train soldiers for the Civil War. Some say that in April of 1865, a Union soldier came onto campus to sign a treaty. When he entered the cadet guardhouse, now known as Jason’s Shrine or as The Little Round House, he was beaten, tortured and murdered. Another version of the story is that when Union troops were marching to the university–specifically to burn it down–two confederate soldiers stayed behind to kill a few Yankees. When three Federal soldiers asked one of the young cadets where to find some whiskey, he told them to go into the small structure. Lying in wait was the second southern cadet who shot the three soldiers when they entered the building. If you put your ear up to the door, you can sometimes hear soldiers prowling for whiskey. On a foggy night, some say the spirits of soldiers can be seen marching through the quad to an unknown spectral destination.

Smith Hall has also had some spooky incidents reported from within. Some say that they have heard Dr. Smith’s carriage, which is exhibited on the main floor, careen through the building, the sound of wheels and horses coming out of nowhere. Footsteps also have been heard entering the upstairs classrooms and the sounds of a ghostly lecture coming from a classroom at night. One night, a few students tried to catch what they thought was an intruder in the building. They followed the voices to a classroom, and when they entered the room, the once lined-up rows of desks were scattered. They later discovered that a boiler explosion had killed a number of students who were in the room years before. In the basement, students have complained of feeling watched while working in the lab. An assistant was pushed into a closet one night and locked in. When he tried to open the closet door, it would not release him until morning. From then on, he ignored any out of the ordinary sounds, all interest in investigation had been sucked out of him.

The most common complaint students have is microwaves starting, stopping and making strange noises, even when the microwave is unplugged. Photos are developed showing light orbs floating through them, and footsteps are heard at night. Some say that a girl committed suicide by lighting herself on fire on the 13th floor of Tutwiler Hall. Shadowy forms of people have been spotted speeding through the halls.

Gorgas Library still entertains the ghost of its namesake, Amelia Gayle Gorgas and the Music Library is haunted by a man in black who wanders the stacks, sometimes touching people looking through materials. Hoole Special Collections Library has an elevator that will still occasionally drop off ghostly riders when the power has been turned off.

Even Tennessee Williams has a part of the hauntings at the University. Marian Gallaway, the theater director during the mid-twentieth century, has been sighted in white on the stage in her theater in Rowand-Johnson Hall. Marian’s husband had left her to pursue a romance with Tennessee Williams, and Williams supposedly used Marian as the inspiration for Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The students of the University of Alabama have a lot more â??school spiritâ? than they may have bargained for.

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P. says:

September 28, 2005, 1:27 pm

I bet the Union boy was an Auburn fan….

Roll Tide Roll.

Chris says:

October 4, 2005, 1:19 pm

Hey P., you knows nuttin’. You is just a simple hick from Alabama. This is not a sports page you dumb f**k!

Deidra & Rylee says:

October 26, 2005, 12:56 pm

Yeah when I was at Alabama I heard moaning and screaming and scratching and then i came to realize it was just my roomate big nasty. And you is just a stupid hick. Fantastic grammar.

anonymous says:

October 27, 2005, 6:38 pm

go broncos!!! and no one wants to hear about that you sicko nasty! you guys dont know anything about these ghost pages! and Deidra and Rylee have been to like every state! how did you manage to do that you freak…s!

Erin says:

October 31, 2005, 7:09 pm

I agree with P. ROLL TIDE!!!!

Chris says:

November 8, 2005, 8:24 pm


CHRIS says:

November 11, 2005, 4:06 pm


P. says:

November 11, 2005, 4:07 pm


P. says:

November 15, 2005, 1:05 am


K. says:

November 28, 2005, 6:31 pm

Why r yall so absent minded
have you realized that this stuff could be true
Things do acure like that
I’m only 15 and i understand that there are spirits and souls in homes and other places. Think outside the bun U IDIOTS

Elizabeth Justus says:

December 9, 2005, 1:00 pm

I wonder if anyone’s ever stayed in the University alone. I think I’m going to try it once. Do I have any takers to join me?

taylor says:

December 30, 2005, 3:24 pm

yea so cool but
in huntsville their is a railroad tracks that at late at night you can go to a railroad .park your car get out, put power on roof and inside if you have thing that are value take them out and wait at 12:00 eactly the car well turn flip but no train what until it stoops go to the car you will see foot prints and hand prints. and some things well not be be there like keys or money ect.
Because long a go 5 kids for a gang were go to a friends house at 12:00 and got killed from the train there are more like some say it is a van full of kids coming home for a football game late at night no one knows for sure .


Sarah says:

January 7, 2006, 6:34 pm

P,Jake,anonymous,Erin,and Chris you guys are as stupid as rocks.You should be talking about ghost not sports.

melanie says:

January 8, 2006, 12:57 pm

Is this suppose to be a comment zone or sports channel?
hello the person who made this website didn’t want people to act like freaking retards on the comments page.

melanie says:

January 8, 2006, 12:58 pm

Is this suppose to be a comment zone or sports channel?
hello the person who made this website didn’t want people to act like freaking retards on the comments page. here’s a comment for all of you stop jacking off and get serious

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 1:49 pm

Amen to that, miz Melanie, but think positive: You don’t have to live with those retards.

And now to the bussines!

Taylor, if that, what You are speaking of is true, I AM SO THERE! Okay, I can’t beacause I live in Finland..

About the poor soldier, I can not see why his soul couldn’t be in there, trapped in the horrible play of history. But even if his fate was cruel, I would like to see it. Poor boy. Well, if I lived in Alabama I would come with You, miz Elisabeth, but the cruel truth is, that I live accros the sea as I mentioned before.

Alexandra says:

January 13, 2006, 11:27 am

I Think max has a crush ;]

Max says:

January 14, 2006, 11:12 am

Not so likely, miz Alexandra, even thought who could not fall in a crush in the sight of Your eyes. (bows and smiles lightly and apoligez for bad grammar)

angel says:

January 15, 2006, 3:51 pm

u all are freaken weird beleiving in this stuff

Max says:

January 16, 2006, 11:20 am

Why, how nice of You to notice!;)

Ali says:

January 23, 2006, 7:21 pm

OMG…WTF? Y’all are idiots! No…anyone who could believe this stuff…now that is an idiot. And what is up with all of the repetitve phrases that are used in EVERY F’N STORY? “It is said”, and “You may see”…come on you retards…go back to high school!

Max says:

January 25, 2006, 1:54 pm

Of course, my friend, not all stories are true. It may be that none of this is true, but who can tell. You may say,that You can, but who are we to belive You, with all respect.

I, myself do not belive even 87 per cent of this sites stories, because as I think of it, they can be rationally explained. Still there are sometimes some things that You can not explaine in ratinal sense. And if some people want to belive that there are ghost or even UFO’s behind thouse phenomenons, let them belive. What harm will they make by beliveing at something.

I do not belive in God, for instanse, but I do not shout “How stupid You are, you f*****g morans!?” to thouse who want to belive. You may now say “what about thouse who shoot others because they then think that they get to go to heaven?!” I am not talking about them, you know.

My point is, if someone stranger in this site says that he belives in ghosts, do not call them idiots. Mind Your manners, pelase! You have a point with the phrases, but You can say it in a polite way without makeing a fuzz about it. Thank You.

Jackie says:

January 26, 2006, 7:01 pm

stop saying bad things and gods name badly

Jackie says:

January 26, 2006, 7:02 pm

stop saying bad things and gods name badly.

Max says:

January 27, 2006, 10:32 am

Okay.. to whom was that message to?

kayla says:

February 10, 2006, 3:27 pm

to elizabeth justice ~~!!!!! ALONE IS ALONE!!!! YOU TRY IT

kayla says:

February 10, 2006, 3:28 pm

to elizabeth justice ~~!!!!! ALONE ,why ask others to join you, scared are we?????


Alana says:

February 16, 2006, 10:26 am

i believe in paranormal things wud be selfish 2 believe that there is just us in the world! why is it so hard 2 believe that there are ghosts its not like everything else in the world that has happened is humans 4 instance how did they get here were did it start there is no exact yea i do believe in ghosts..

Donna says:

March 3, 2006, 8:22 am

Amen Alana!! Spot on – the voice of reason!!

Amanda says:

March 8, 2006, 8:03 pm

ppl believe in wat they want 2 believe so if some1 wants 2 believe in god then thats their choice. if some1 wants 2 believe in santa clause then thats their choice n if some1 wants 2 believe in the paranormal THEN THATS THEIR F’N CHOICE.

Vivo says:

March 23, 2006, 6:50 pm

Well, I was doing a summer program @ the university and weird things were happening in my room. Our microwave kept on making this banging noise, even when we unplugged it!!! And the pictures my roommate & I took in the room came out freaky, with white splotches! We used a disposible camera, and we even used a digital camera and the pictures still came out messed up and spoltchy and stuff. (and believe me that’s a nice camera, its not messed up).
It was a strange experience…

B says:

March 28, 2006, 5:47 pm

Hey, why does noone ever have anything for Gadsden, Hokes Bluff or Ballplay?? Gadsden is plenty haunted as is Ballplay. I’ve only been to a few things in Gadsden and I know there’s got to be more around. If anyone knows anymore haunted places in or around Gadsden Alabama, e-mail me at You can also IM me on AOL as crazychica013 and on Yahoo as crazychica174

brandon barksdale says:

April 6, 2006, 10:07 am

I do not beileave this s— and you can stink it up you a–

Joseph Clark says:

May 23, 2006, 11:41 am

I find it hard to believe that they actually have colleges in Alabama.

Big Bill says:

June 6, 2006, 5:32 am

Joseph Clark,

They just don’t allow **** like you to attend. Take the bottle out of your *** and walk straight!

Bob says:

June 20, 2006, 8:38 pm

hi, my name is chicken, and i like to eat myself because im so tasty, i can be found at KFC and other chicken places if u wanna take a bite u can call me at IMTASTY.COM. oh and bt the way GOD IS EVERYWHERE! for MAX who doesnt believe in god~ u should start believing.

ps- how bout dem Bears?

dont trust france i na nuclear war (that was for henry)

joanna says:

June 21, 2006, 7:09 pm

I think that people that have made comments on this website so far must not have finished high school because none of them can spell worth a sh**! Everyone sucks a**!

Claire says:

July 13, 2006, 4:44 am

I think ghosts r real…

Taylor your storey is interesting but please correct you’r grammer, it’s toooooooooo hard to understand.

Nara says:

July 19, 2006, 8:01 pm

I really wish there was more to this story. There’s not much I can say about such a short passage. Does anyone know if there is a link on this website where it explains more? Well, if not, then I might as well make the most of this comment. I can’t explain the alleged moaning and screaming, but scratching and other such noises could easily be caused by small creatures such as mice. Not that I don’t believe in ghosts mind you, but like I said, there isn’t a lot to this story that could make me belive a word it says.

b-dog says:

August 22, 2006, 6:36 pm

listen to jackie!

Mattthew says:

August 23, 2006, 5:15 am

I beleive you

Wesley says:

September 14, 2006, 1:55 pm

What building is this you are talking about? I’d like to know and do yall have any info on anywere else someone can visit. I’m half and half. i’m half open mined and still half sceptic but thats only cause my parents raised me that way.

angel says:

September 16, 2006, 8:28 am

alana the parana

jerry says:

September 28, 2006, 8:14 am

if you believe in ghost and you live in alabama,we’ll i’ve got your ghost fix. visit my website at or search the web for neaps ghost.

jerry says:

September 28, 2006, 2:16 pm

sorry that’s (well) on thata last post

jerry says:

September 28, 2006, 2:16 pm

lol, did it again sry

concerned20 year old says:

October 8, 2006, 2:06 pm

these are interesting stories and bad mouth ppl

sierra says:

October 15, 2006, 7:00 pm

thats cute.;P

Gwinda says:

October 20, 2006, 10:45 pm

The building this occurred in is called Jason’s Shrine. It is a small round building that is located near Gargus Library on the quad. It used to be the gatehouse when the University was an Academy during the Civil War. There are several other places of interest. Smith Hall is supposedly haunted by the professor it is named after. Dr. Smith’s carriage is exhibited on the main floor of the building and it has been reported you can hear the wheels and horses’ hooves pulling it. Also, you can hear footsteps entering the large classooms upstairs and lecturing coming from the room at night when the building is only opened to doctoral students. Several students reported they felt someone overlooking their work when they were in the basement lab. Another place on campus is a fraternity house haunted by a young girl named Bella Donna that was murdered by her father and buried in the wall. When the fraternity built a new house on fraternity row they took a brick from the old house and she has been seen by several frat boys in the new house. She woke several boys covering them up in the middle of the night and has been seen on the stairs numerous times. If anyone knows of any other stories, please post comments. Thanks and…Roll Tide!!!!

Tyler Richards says:

October 24, 2006, 7:35 pm

Ok ok let me be the first to despell this myth. The building that you are talking about is called “The Little Round House” and it sits next to Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library right off of the quad on the University of Alabama Campus. This House served as a sentry station for the cadets that used to be stationed at The Univerisity when it was still a military academy. So far as i know, and i’ve been in Tuscaloosa a while this area is not haunted, or at least i haven’t heard anything about it. I have been on campus late at night and have never experienced anything at the little White house, so i have to say that at least for myself, this place is not haunted, as far as the Frat house goes, i dunno, i try to stay as far away from Fraternities as i can get. :)

adam says:

October 30, 2006, 11:11 am

It’s called both the Jason’s Shrine and the Little Roundhouse. It’s where a secret society now meets that only allows 20 people per year. You have to put your ear to the door at night to hear the noises according to the guy who lead my tour around campus. I’d reccommend doing it at 3:00 AM because that’s the “witching hour.”

melissa says:

October 31, 2006, 4:39 pm

im 13 and really really upset all yall are actin a fool ghosts do exist and stop talking about them like that ill be sure to get ya 1 day

bama4life says:

November 14, 2006, 9:36 am

Heck yeah, I didn’t know that place was haunted, that is my favorite university. Roll Tide Roll.

bama4life says:

November 14, 2006, 9:42 am

Oh yeah and for all of you that call us hicks you just need to shut your damn mouth. You are all just preppy wigger homos who will burn in hell. Have a nice day.

katie says:

November 22, 2006, 12:50 pm

well i never knew the school was so haunted, guess iam a loser like that .
roll tide roll…. john you are the best qb i know .

katie says:

November 22, 2006, 12:53 pm

wow i nevr knew our school was so haunted, guess i am a loser like that. roll tide roll…. john your the best qb i know .

Carolynn says:

December 21, 2006, 10:11 pm

My dog likes to eat my underwear…and I’m properly cleaned down there, too, so it’s not like I’m dirty and she likes the taste…she may be a lesbian…yes, my dog is a lesbian…and even worse, an incest lesbain because I am her mother…

Grace says:

January 4, 2007, 5:11 pm

Hey that was a okay story but could you actually make it into a get-chils kind of story

winston says:

January 8, 2007, 12:46 pm

how like an alabama fan to lie

Vanessa says:

January 10, 2007, 3:53 pm

To Winston…War Eagle!!!!!But they are right this is not a sports page…Even though Auburn kicks Alabamas butt every year…..Back to the comments–to you who think this is all bull,Why in the H*** are you looking at this anyway.If you don’t believe don’t bother to be on this web page..

emma says:

January 15, 2007, 6:16 pm

welll i have read thru all these comments quickly and as to the non believers what do u think happens after we die do we just poof dissapear and there is no more to us i highly doubt that i mean i couldnt imagine no after life, but u know everyone has their own personal opinions and beliefs, those who do believe in ghosts arent iddiots otherwise ure just as much of an iddiot for not believing sound fair i think so… ive had something happen to me where i was standing in the bathroom at my old house and a white shadowy thing flashed past as i was looking in the big mirror we have in our bathroom and u can see out the door and into our hallway, i duno if it was or wasnt real or if there was sum explaination for it but i guess for all u non believers youll have to mayb head on up to a haunted place stay there by ureself the night and see what happens 😉 if ure not too scared that is and if u are then mayb u do believe

simon wilde smells says:

January 30, 2007, 11:24 am

Simon wilde is G A Y

Hilary says:

February 11, 2007, 2:28 am

WOW!!!! This can get pretty interesting…..ROLL TIDE!!

aaliyah says:

February 24, 2007, 3:44 pm

i think that is stupid because the people that live there will sending reports about noises in the school {duh} all about the AUBURN WAR EAGLES ALABAMA SUCKS

Katie says:

March 7, 2007, 1:21 pm

Nick Saban is a tool i think Joe Kines should be head coach. Love you Jp .
Oh yah Auburn Sucks .

Chris H says:

March 8, 2007, 4:57 am

Hey guys,
I’m a paranormal investigator from Troy. My paranormal investigation team will be up at Alabama in a few months to investigate some of what you guys are saying and some other reported activity there. If possible, I’d like to know more about what you guys are saying and also, Elizabeth Justice, we’ll go with you :)

-Chris H
Lower Alabama Paranormal Investigators

austin says:

March 8, 2007, 11:10 am

it is true the man was my great great great great great grandfather and he does haunt alabama university waiting for the people who killed him waiting 2 get his revenge

shiann says:

March 12, 2007, 5:24 pm

Did You Know That Almost To Me Before.But I Was Lucey.

bobetr says:

March 26, 2007, 2:55 pm

I died when i heard it !!!!!!!

Brett says:

July 6, 2007, 7:04 pm

Wow, all I can say is, wow. So you’re telling me, that a ghost haunts a university building? Not like it’s news to me or anything, because I live in Tuscaloosa after all, but this is the first I’ve heard of there being the ghost of a Union soldier haunting one of our campus buildings. I’ll need to investigate that for myself.

Kim says:

July 25, 2007, 11:39 pm

Years ago, I had classes in Smith Hall & that place used to definitely give me the creeps at times. One of my grad assistants had many experiences in the building late at night…hearing noises, footsteps walking through the exhibition hall, always feeling like you were being watched. But this was the spookiest thing he experienced…in the wee hours of the morning, he was alone in Smith Hall doing some work & he heard noises coming from a closet. He went over & opened the door but nothing was in there however he was suddenly pushed from behind into the closet & was locked in! He tried repeatedly to get the door open with no success & there was no one else around to let him out. So he spent the rest of the night in closet & the next morning, he woke up & tried the door & it opened with no problem! He said it really freaked him out to have to be there alone late at night & from that point on, he ignored any sounds he heard & tried to concentrate on his work! He’s braver than I would have been. It would difficult to go back in there after that kind of experience. So, yes…I do think that Smith Hall is haunted & I’ve also heard the stories of the Little Roundhouse being haunted.

Samantha says:

August 10, 2007, 1:02 am

I read through all of these comments thinking I would find pertinent information. And I did from some of you, but I must say I didn’t expect a teenage chat room. Also I got to the bottom and read the “Please use correct grammar, cpitalization, and punctuation” message, and I find it rather ironic. Maybe it should be posted at the top.

loco says:

August 24, 2007, 4:40 pm

Sam- I’m for real on pertinent information. What’s your question?

Leigh says:

September 29, 2007, 3:37 pm

There are many ghost stories on the UA campus – most are probably rumors. Places to check out:

Tutwiler Hall and Rose Towers: There is a 13th floor in each building. A girl was rumored to have drenched herself in gasoline and set herself on fire in a bathtub in Tutwiler Hall. A student felt her apartment was haunted in Rose Towers and woke up feeling that she was being strangled one night. She lived on the 13th floor.

Gorgas Library, The Little Round House and The Quad: The Little Roundhouse is directly next to the Gorgas Library. Gorgas was burned to the ground during the civil war and was rebuilt sometime later. Students have claimed to have seen Amelia Gayle Gorgas (for whom the building was named.) Students in the Music Library on the wing next to the roundhouse have had strange sightings of an unknown man in a black suit and one girl felt a hand on her shoulder while she was on a step stool in the stacks. Some people report strange sounds such as cracking, popping and wispering that have no explanation. Some people say that they have seen soldiers on the Quad on foggy nights.

Rowand-Johnson Hall: In this building are the Gallaway and Allen-Bales Theatres. Marian Gallaway was a theatre director in the 40’s or 50’s – rumored to have had a relationship with Tennessee Williams – she has been sighted in white on the stage, in the light-booth and balls of light have been seen in the attic. Allen-Bales died recently and an actor saw him in the audience after his death – another group of students have seen balls of light in the lighting grid above the stage after the power has been shut off.

Smith Hall: Mentioned in previous comments.

Hoole Special Collections Library: There is an elaborate stained glass window that has special significance to a benefactor of the library. There is some story about the windown being covered in locusts or some other bug that had meaning for Hoole. Also, in the evenings a while back the building would remain open on the first floor but the Library on the upper floors would close so the elevator service would be shut down. Despite there being no power to lift the elevator – the elevator would run of its own accord and open at the library lobby.

RTS says:

September 30, 2007, 6:33 pm

I stayed in the mens freshamn residence hall in 91 and 92. My roomate and i had a couple wierd experiences. 2nd floor, the room with the private bathroom next to the study hall. We had door slamming with no one in the hall and no windows open. We also had baning on the walls of the study room with no one in there.

George Cook says:

October 2, 2007, 5:24 pm

Which building on the campus are they talking about? Could it be around the mound on the Quad?

Lillian Pugh says:

October 10, 2007, 11:10 pm

this is so stupid.
i stayed at the University for a dance camp and i didnt hear anything except for my coach yelling at some of my teammates. yall are idiots.

Christina says:

October 18, 2007, 1:52 pm

This sounds cool to me cause i like hearing about anykind of haunted places even if its made up its still cool.

Spencer says:

October 24, 2007, 12:38 pm

Um, I live in Tuscaloosa Alabama and I saw this whole “University of Alabama haunt” ****…you can’t just say “During the Civil War, a treaty was signed in this building” because there are many buildings. Anyone know WHICH building? And, a lot of buildings that are on campus now have been built since the civil war. (A few examples of buildings would be the Ferguson, Gorgas, etc.)

wes says:

October 24, 2007, 10:14 pm

What building are they talking about? I am born raised in t=town Roll Tide. I am only familuar with the round house art studio. So Please tell me whch building this is

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Kristin says:

January 19, 2008, 1:06 pm

I am currently a student at the University. I live in a new dorm, but I have classes in Rowand Johnson and I have gone to the library on several occasions. As far as I know no one is even allowed to enter the little round house, it has windows on all sides so that one can easily see into it, and it is used as a little museum. As for a secret society that only allows twenty people, I think that is bullshit. Leigh seemed very well informed on the buildings and history, and I have never been to Smith Hall so I don’t know about that, but I have never experienced any peculiar occurences here.

allauna says:

January 21, 2008, 12:58 pm

thats pretty crazy! i like that story about the railroad thing with a car and that gang of kids. thats pretty kool.

allauna says:

January 21, 2008, 12:59 pm

thats pretty crazy! i like that story about the railroad thing with a car and that gang of kids. thats pretty kool. i love hearing about haunted houses and places

Elizabeth Turner says:

February 12, 2008, 4:28 pm

Hey Elizabeth,
My name is elizabeth to and i would live to go in the university alone with you I’m 13 and i thinks it’s cool i’m interested in all ghost stories i’v been trying to get all my family to go to the brice hospital with me in tuscaloosa……!! Holla

aaiaysia says:

April 21, 2008, 12:43 pm

i no that theses places was not hunted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slim96 says:

June 1, 2008, 10:49 pm

I just got back from a summer camp at UA this week. I stayed in the dorms at Julia Tutwiler, my roommate and myself experienced several odd occurences. Our microwave would beep and ding, even after we unplugged it. My closet door, would come open by itself; even after I made sure it was secure before I would lay down for bed. Also at night my roommate and I heard soft foot steps outside of our door, with my roommate hearing whispers of her name being called all through the night. When we would get up to open the door to see if anyone was there (the hallways would be completely silent and empty). The final straw that had me a believer was at night the lights were very dim, and I looked back towards the full length mirror that is attached to both doors, and I clearly saw a black figure run past. **** If anyone else has experienced the same or something like this, from staying at this dorm please let me know; by posting any comments or knowledge you may have about what may have occured at Tutwiler…….Thanks

danielle says:

July 1, 2008, 1:16 am

my cheer squad stayed at tutweiler hall about two years ago. me and two other friends belive it is haunted also. first one of the dorms lost total power. then our microwave blew up and wouldnt work. the electric outlet electrcuted one of my friends. we also heard the footsteps… and sounds of stuff that sounded like stuff was coming through the building

slim96 says:

July 6, 2008, 10:31 pm

at least somebody believes! thx danielle!i think u should take these matters seriously and not make stupid jokes i believe in hauntings and since i stayed at the tuckwiler dorms when i went 2 cheer camp last year i believe the dorms really r haunted!!!
there is an after life and sometimes spirits stay when they’re not supposed 2 so who says they’re not in the dorm???!!!!my microwave would turn off and on by itself when we un-plugged it my room mate and i heard footsteps out side our door and my room mate heard her name in whispers we were both really freaked out!!!!!!!!

Barb says:

July 13, 2008, 12:56 am

I just wanted to add some additional information related to Leigh’s post. I was born in Tuscaloosa and my father taught speech and theatre in the 60’s at the university. Our family knew both Marian Gallaway and Allen Bales; I remember them both well. I was not aware of the hauntings in the theaters and found that information fascinating! However, I would like to correct the rumor about Marian and Tennessee Williams – Marian knew Tennessee, but she never had a relationship with him. The relationship that Tennessee had was with Marian’s husband, and he left Marian to be with Tennessee. My parents told me about this when I was older and more mature to understand the implication of what they were telling me. My parents also told me that Dad on numerous occasions heard that the character of Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” was a veiled portrayal of Marian. My dad did see someone work up the nerve to ask Marion about this; she just gave a half-smile and said, “Ask Tennessee.” Years later, my parents saw a production of “Streetcar” at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and were astounded to see the actress playing Blanche become Marian Gallaway! After the play ended, they went backstage and spoke with the actress to ask her how she prepared for the role. She indicated that not much preparation was needed – Tennessee had provided everything in the script to develop her character. Their conclusion was that the rumors were indeed fact.

The idea that Marian’s spirit would still be felt and seen in the theater doesn’t surpriae me at all. That would be in keeping with her character, as I remember her.

a says:

July 31, 2008, 3:09 am

could this possibly be the presidents mansion the website is speaking of? the civil war was not the only possible explanation of these hauntings, the university is also very close to known indian burial grounds, as well as the home of several slave cemetaries.-just a thought. i have spent alot of time on the ua campus, and while i have no specific stories i can say that i have experienced the “willies” on more than one occasion.
tks, a

Marion says:

August 10, 2008, 12:27 pm

Barb, do you know where Marian Gallaway is buried? I know she is originally from Savannah. I was an acting student at UofA – graduated in 1963. Marian was quite a character, and had a brilliant mind. She also tended to intimidate raw students, but at her core she was passionate about the theatre, which rubbed off on all of us. The last time I had contact with her was when I began my acting career at Hartford Stage Co. and wrote to her telling her of my first professional job; she wrote back a very nice letter of encouragement and congratulations. I wish I could call her up and talk to her today. I miss her.

Dustin says:

September 1, 2008, 2:19 pm

I had a friend tell me about this one building down town that she couldnt go in because of some stuff like that,tuscaloosa has a very brutal past that not many know about,but ive been reasearching alot of them and im trying to put together some serious people to come and explore this places with me

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October 9, 2008, 4:17 pm

I want to find real ghosts in Tuscaloosa. If anybody is interrested, e-mail me

Nikky says:

October 11, 2008, 2:24 pm

Well, I personally have never seen a or felt a real ghost,nor do I believe in them. I’m sure there is a logically explaination to the Alabama University.

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October 17, 2008, 12:16 pm

redd says: people have experianced this, lived this and others just go about by what they’ve read and heard and add their own twist to it. but the real story is the indian graveyards are true and if you dont beleive it try my grave…. if you have the b@#*$ !!

kaleeb says:

October 25, 2008, 5:35 am

rooooolll tide, what building exactly is this supposed to have taken place in? I mean there’s only 200 buildings on our campus

BamaGirl says:

January 1, 2009, 7:05 pm

The “building” everyone is talking about is located towards the back of the quad near the library with the big stairs. A lot of people do not know names but they know what the buildings are and where they are. Me and a friend are talking about going tonight to see if we hear anything. As the 13 floors go I do not know which one it is but it no longer has 13 floors. Also the do a tour on Halloween night so if you are interested in knowing the background and wanting to see if you can see anything or hear anything…then go! I have been on the quad numerous of times and never have felt seen or heard anything. I also have lived in Tuscaloosa my whole like. Bryce Hospital is a pretty creepy place…it still has the electric chair in the basement and shackles all over the floor unless people have stolen them. I have never seen anything paranormal so I can’t say I believe but I find it very interesting, As far as the whole Auburn thing goes and Alabama football goes…..WE KICKED SOME *** THIS YEAR!!! ROLL TIDE

Nicole says:

April 3, 2009, 2:28 pm

I just got home from the movie theater of watching haunting in Connecticut it actually a good scary scary movie 5 stars rated,too.

horse says:

April 22, 2009, 8:40 pm

well i dont think this is true but werid maybe ill go there cause i need to catch up on my fairytales

Destiny Olsovksy says:

May 12, 2009, 1:07 pm

i bet that it would be fun to visit there one day.. OMG!! i wish i could go there..

Lynn says:

June 2, 2009, 11:23 pm

I know for a fact that there are places on the University of Alabama that are haunted. Just go to and there you can hear things that were caught at Smith Hall which is on the University of Alabama’s campus.

Lynn says:

June 2, 2009, 11:27 pm

I am sorry the website is

Thanks guys!!

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Nicole says:

October 31, 2009, 4:40 pm

I have heard the footsteps in Smith Hall. we were in the building around 3 am, before they put up the cameras and electronic locks. We walked from the left side wing of the building (if one is facing the front of the building from the outside, the left wing was often left unlocked) to the middle, above which is the museum. From there, we started into the right hand wing. We walked, and heard a very loud rythmic creaking that followed our footsteps. We thought it was our own walking causing the walls to creak, but this was directly above us. We signaled by hand to stop, and as we did, the footsteps continued walking above us, about 4 or 5 steps after we stopped. It could very well have been the building creaking, or it could have been a ghost. There were no lights on upstairs (you can see from the outside, and I’ve had classes up there, I know the layout) but one never knows.

brenda says:

December 16, 2009, 4:01 pm

is that true

Tiffany says:

March 1, 2010, 9:22 pm

I live about an hour away from UNA. I had hopes to attend this fall. I’ve visited once, but now hearing these stories, I want to go again and listen harder. PS, Don’t make fun of people from Alamabama. Not all of us are ‘hicks’… Thank you.

bamagyrl222 says:

April 8, 2010, 8:30 pm

Hey, we in Alabama can turn ANYTHING into a sports page. ROLL TIDE. As for the sightings, I am on campus nearly every day and have yet to see (or hear) anything. :-\ But I will be the first to say that a lot of the buildings are creepy as all get out. It’s easy to see how the stories originate. VERY easy.

ashley says:

April 17, 2010, 11:17 pm

I agree with bamagyrl222 all the way.Roll Tide!!!!!!!

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June 2, 2010, 1:57 pm


Becca says:

February 24, 2011, 7:17 pm

sigh…ok, first, Roll Tide. Second, can any some people please give a yay or nay about UA being haunted. I’m 19 and am wanting to go around the United States at haunted places. Starting with the south, hence I live in mobile. So, no twiddling thumbs here….is it haunted or not? And if so, what happens. Thanks for your help….and aubrun fans….yeah, Roll Tide.

KageOokami says:

June 4, 2011, 1:51 pm

Wow this kinda gives me chills. Last month we went on a trip there, a lot of people in the group wanted to go here for college. Hmm weird there was a student who was showing us around she didn’t tell us anything about hauntings…

karen says:

September 21, 2011, 3:44 am

Lived in Tuscaloosa for 15 years…never heard of any of this stuff.

smiff says:

December 31, 2011, 1:34 pm

i’m sorry…but this is….not realSPORTS.

anyone have stories about old bryce?
it’s the creepiest place i’ve ever seen..

Winston says:

July 10, 2013, 6:13 pm

whats with all the dumbass bama fans posting yall know auburn owns yalls *** on the gridiron and in recruiting yall think winning national championship by luck makes you great, yall are horrible basically the university of Alabama is a playtoy and we (auburn) are having our way with you WDE *******.

P.S. Alabama will have atleast three losses this year to A&M , Auburn and LSU and Auburn will win the national championship in 2014

jack bartley says:

November 14, 2013, 3:08 pm

interesting I lived in Alabama from January 1st 1960 until I moved to Colorado on April 5th 1993 and I never once heard this story , me and my family lived right outside of Tuscaloosa very strange I never heard this story

kyle Mason says:

November 14, 2013, 3:11 pm

my dad attended the university in the 80s he remembers this story well, but according to him most of the facts are greatly exagerated

Winston says:

November 14, 2013, 3:14 pm

why no mention of the old schoolhouse in Titus, that burned down it was supposedly haunted

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