Session House: Smith College

October 25th, 2008

photo taken from smith.edu

The Session House is a dormitory on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is believed to be haunted by the spirits of two college students, two small children who were accidentally killed by their mother, and a young boy and girl who’s romance tragically ended one day.  In 1700, John Hunt built a house for his family outside of the military complex in Northampton. To protect his family against attack, he built a secret passageway under his house that led to a nearby river.

During the Revolutionary War, General Burgoyne of the British Army was held prisoner in the house. He fell in love with Lucy Hunt. Obviously, they were not allowed to see each other, but they would meet in the secret passage. The General was sent back home to England and he promised Lucy that he would return to marry her but he never did. Their ghosts are said to haunt this passageway searching for each other’s love. Every Halloween as tradition at the college, the young woman who lives in the dormitory searches for the hidden passageway for twenty minutes.

Another horror story from this house is that one night, a mother and her two children were alone in the house telling scaring stories to each other. The mother heard a noise from outside and grabbed an axe for protection. She went to go investigate but couldn’t find anything. She went back to the room where her children were in and initially thought they were intruders and she killed them with an axe. When she realized what she had done, she killed herself immediately after.

The last horror story of this house deals with two college student girls who were taking place in the search for the passage. They found it, but they fell through a hole and broke their necks. They then starved to death because no one could find them. It is believed you can still hear the moans and shrieks of these girls. When anyone walks up the staircase, they are likely to hear these sounds only then.

(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)

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