(Tahlequah, Okla.)--Are ghostly spirits the explanation for the strange happenings reported through the decades at Northeastern State University’s Seminary Hall?
Find out for yourself. In the spirit of Halloween, the Languages and Literature Graduate Student Association will offer its annual Haunted Seminary Hall tours every Friday and Saturday from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29. Tours are from dusk until 11 p.m.
The tour features ghost stories and legends which offer a window on the history of NSU’s renowned building.
Ghost hunters have allegedly photographed orbs around the structure – which they deem evidence of spiritual habitation. There are sometimes odd smells, and puzzling sounds are almost the norm. There have also been reports of an occasional ghost sighting, usually a woman in a black uniform or a wedding gown.
Many sightings and phenomena are attributed to the spirit of Florence Wilson, principal of the Cherokee National Female Seminary in the 19th Century.
Wilson’s fiance, Pleasant Buchanan, was believed to have died in the Civil War. However new information found in NSU’s archives and revealed in conversations with the Buchanan family has altered the story. Never marrying, Wilson devoted herself to her work – educating the young women at the Cherokee seminary.
Wilson served as principal of the seminary for 26 years. Some think she never left.
Tickets are $5 per person and children under 10 are admitted for $4. All proceeds from Haunted Seminary Hall support graduate students’ travel expenses to present research at academic conferences. T-shirts and hot cocoa will also be available.
For more information about the tours, contact Tiffany Biggers at (918) 444-3686 or (918) 444-3622. Reservations are not required, but parties of 10 or more may call ahead to ensure a slot.
Published: 9/29/2011 4:23:05 PM