Bradford College, Bradford, Massachusetts – 11 March 2000
After hearing about haunted Bradford College for months, on March 11th, 2000, a small group of ghost hunters explored the legends–and buildings–of Bradford College.
Bradford College closed. The site is now Zion Bible College. Do not attempt to visit it without permission.
This is a summary of our findings, with links to our reports.
Summary of the ghosts we knew about before our visit:
This building is the main building on campus, with offices and dormitories. The Academy Building is also the site of numerous manifestations, mostly focused on the “Amy and the priest” story. According to one tale, when the college had been a girls’ school, a student (Amy) had become pregnant by a priest. He tried to keep her quiet, and she eventually killed herself–or was killed by the priest. There are several variations of this story.
- Ghosts of the Academy Building, first & second floors
- Ghosts of the Academy Building, third & fourth floors.
We visited the underground tunnels linking several Bradford buildings. The tunnels are eerie, and troubling to explore. Our reports:
The stories from Denworth are more recent, but some are almost identical to the Amy-and-the-priest tale from Academy:
A student had an affair with a drama professor, or perhaps she was raped. He threatened her when she said she was pregnant and would tell the administration. He killed her and the baby, or he killed her when she was pregnant, or some variation of this sordid ending.
The student is generally mischievous, playing pranks on people in the theatre. She does not like to be talked about. She has been heard singing “Hush, Little Baby,” in the upstairs part of the building.
Our visit to Denworth was easily the most dramatic encounter with an actual ghost on the Bradford campus. It was one of our last stops when touring Bradford College.
According to legend, a boy drowned in the pond and it is haunted. There is a second, more colorful legend about haunted ducks or other wildlife. The eerie events at the pond are attributed to the text mentioned in H. P. Lovecraft’s famous account of the Necronomicon.
According to local stories, the Necronomicon was buried in a secret tunnel that goes underneath the pond. The tunnel was sealed and its exact location is unknown.
Our report: Bradford College – Tupelo Pond.
TUPELO EAST AND TUPELO WEST DORMS
These are the sites of a variety of stories, mostly about the ghost of the little boy who drowned in the pond. He’s heard playing, particularly in the upstairs rooms of these two dorms. Tupelo West was the last stop on our tour of Bradford. Nothing dramatic happened there.
Our report: Tupelo West
One of the most recent stories, where a foreign student (perhaps Japanese) checked into the dorm early. While alone in the building, he left his room, and upon returning, he saw bloody footprints outside his door. In his room, he found an old woman, covered with blood. Variations of this story place the woman in a bathroom, or a reflection in the mirror only, and she’s young and in a black dress or a white gown, covered in blood.
We did not visit Greenleaf House.
Other locations – There are several other, less famous stories of ghosts on the campus. We did not investigate them.
I revisited Denworth Hall in April 2000. I confirmed the anomalous, high EMF readings in the stairwell approaching the dance studio, upstairs. The fuse box is responsible for elevated readings approximately 8 inches from the box. The other high EMF readings on 11 March 2000 and April 2000 are still unexplained. The girl was still in the area, but I was deliberately blocking communications from her. My purpose in visiting that area was to check the EMF readings in a “non-haunted” context.
I also visited the actual upstairs theatre in the building. There is a male ghost, or perhaps his residual energy, on the right side of the stage as you are facing it from the audience. He’s tempermental but not malicious. I think he’s from around 1930 or so, but he could be earlier or later. He’s tall, lanky, wears casual clothing, but he’s not in a tee-shirt from the current era. His “territory” covers an area of floorspace about 5 feet, square, in the wings but not in the rest of the backstage. I lean towards his presence being residual energy.
There is an entity above the stage, around the metal grid (“catwalk”) far above the stage. I did not like it. It “looked” black and human-sized. At the time, I did not think that it was, or ever had been, human. It seemed malicious to me.
Since then, people have told me another story, this one involving a young woman who hung herself from the catwalk.
To read about the entire investigation, start with our Preparations for Bradford College Ghost Investigation