Spooky stories at Sweet Briar

| October 25, 2012

Members of the Chung Mungs and Tau Phi will entertain listeners with “Ghost Stories of Sweet Briar” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2, at Sweet Briar Museum. The reading includes poems and stories from the College’s early days and will be followed by a brief tour of the museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Daisy Williams

Even before Sweet Briar’s recent appearance on the SyFy Channel’s “School Spirits,” the College was known for its rich history of alleged ghostly encounters. The tap clubs Chung Mungs and Tau Phi have been hosting ghost tours and readings for some time, but this year’s event features stories that may not be familiar to past audiences. The program includes fictional and non-fictional accounts, such as “The Shadow Child,” which appeared in the very first Sweet Briar Magazine in 1909, “A Mid Summer Night’s Vision of Daisy’s Garden” from 1915, and a news story from 1928 titled “Novel Ghost Flits Far Ahead.”

After the reading, attendees are invited to tour the museum and learn more about Sweet Briar founder, Indiana Fletcher Williams, and her daughter, Daisy Williams, who died at the age of 16. The exhibition features a variety of historical artifacts, such as family portraits, jewelry and toys, as well as a lock of Daisy’s hair. Many of Sweet Briar’s ghost stories revolve around Daisy and the idea that she still “haunts” the College today. Synopses of some of these stories can be found on the College’s interactive campus map under the layer “Ghost.”

For more information about the event, please contact Sweet Briar galleries director Karol Lawson at (434) 381-6248 or klawson@sbc.edu.

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