A lot of stories like this come out at Halloween. It’s usually pretty entertaining, especially when there’s history behind it.

The student paper, The Flat Hat reports:

The College of William and Scary: Exploring Williamsburg’s haunted history before Halloween

It’s hard to believe that spooky season is already upon us. While traditional Halloween activities like Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream and costume parties are not possible due to COVID-19, ghost stories are still an option. The College of William and Mary, according to campus lore, is home to many ghosts — some even consider the College one of the most haunted schools in the nation.

Of all of the College’s buildings, the Sir Christopher Wren Building is perhaps most consistently cited as haunted — which makes sense given its age and history. Not only is the Wren Building the College’s oldest building, but it’s also the oldest surviving college building in the United States. Many have traced the building’s haunting all the way back to the American Revolution when it was converted into a hospital for wounded French soldiers. Later, during the Civil War, it would again be converted into a makeshift hospital. As is the case during times of war, many soldiers who came to the Wren Building for treatment never made it out, having died of painful wounds or infections.

Some claim the ghosts of these men still roam the building, particularly at night. Spooky figures, some in uniform, have been seen wandering the corridors. Those who report seeing these spectres say the ghostly figures vanish without a trace, before any identifying information can be gathered. Others have heard mysterious footsteps when no one else is around. To add a second layer of spookiness, there may be another source of haunting — in the crypts below the chapel, where many notable Virginians, including Peyton Randolph and Lord Botetourt, were buried.

Perhaps the spirits of these early colonists are no longer at rest, having been awakened by fraternity pledges who supposedly used the underground steam tunnels decades ago to access the crypts and stole bones as part of an initiation rite. Some have theorized that the often-heard mysterious footsteps could be those of Sir Christopher Wren himself, the building’s namesake, walking around and admiring the restoration of his legacy.

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