Inside Endicott’s ‘haunted’ houses
Curiouser and curiouserOver in Tower Hall, many alumni have reported hearing strange sounds, including a basketball bouncing on the second floor—when no one else was in the building.
In the 1970s, one daring group of students held a séance, and one participant allegedly began speaking in another voice while recalling an accident involving … a bouncing ball.
Brindle Hall lore centers on a former student in the 1960s who’s supposedly still there.
Its residents have reported hearing footsteps, being shoved from behind, and some have seen a ghostly figure in their rooms at night. Handprints have appeared on the windows of the fourth floor—on the outside of the glass.
But perhaps the eeriest part of Brindle Hall lore is the trees outside the building, whose branches have been known to spell out the lingering student’s name: Julie.
Truth may be stranger than fiction, but the magic of ghost stories lies in the uncertainty, the lack of facts, the mystery, which spirals into something bigger and more enigmatic over time.
Just ask Fraser.
“I worked at Endicott one summer between freshman and sophomore year when the campus becomes a hotel through Misselwood,” she recalled. As part of the job, she’d audit empty dorm rooms and count the beds in each.
“I had already heard all the ghost stories, so you can imagine I wasn’t a fan of walking through the houses alone. One day I had to go to Winthrop and it was actually being renovated, which supposedly can boost activity,” she said.
The construction workers soon left for lunch, leaving Fraser alone.
“I zipped through the first floor as fast as possible, then I hit the second floor and it felt like I was in a horror movie—going through each room down one long hallway,” she said. “About halfway down the hall, one of the doors slammed shut and I panicked. Next thing you know, my master key stopped working.”
Fraser took that as a sign and fled. But later that day, she returned with a coworker. As soon as they reentered the building, a loud crash emanated from upstairs.
“We went up to find out what it was and found nothing wrong with any of the rooms,” she said. “We tried to determine which room the noise came from and we believe it was the room where construction workers had found wallpaper from the original house under the paint—so spooky!”
Baltrusis believes spirits stick around because they have unfinished business.
“I recommend digging for the historical backstory of the home so you can understand why the spirit is there,” he said.
“Oftentimes, people learn to peacefully coexist with spirits. If things start to turn negative, it’s usually something explainable like construction on your house or the spirits feel disrespected. I use sage and palo santo to cleanse the energy at my home and would recommend the same to those living in a home with residual spirit energy. The irony is that many of the techniques I use today would be considered witchcraft in 1692.”
Join English Professor Daniel Sklar for more spooky storytelling at the firepit by the Lodge on Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m.