By Lauren Jurgemeyer
Blog Content Contributor
Boo! It’s October, meaning it’s the spooky season.
It is that time of year filled with pumpkin spice, jack-o’-lanterns and ghosts. Though the existence of ghosts is highly debated there have been claims of supernatural sights in San Marcos. To get you into the spooky spirit, here is a list of some of some hauntings on and off campus.
The Thompson Island Bridge
The spot has a debatable history, but there is one similarity in all accounts: the bridge is haunted by a Confederate soldier. In one account, prior to going off to the Civil War two brothers lived at the other end of the bridge in a cabin. The brothers made a pact to return home from war no matter what.
The Gery Witches
Genevieve and Isabelle Gery are said to haunt a multitude of places in San Marcos. According to the San Marcos Witch Society, the mother-daughter duo were hanged by the Catholic church for worshiping Satan during the late 1700s. During the same time period, children began to disappear and many equated it to Genevieve’s spirit kidnapping them to fill the void of Isabelle and punish the townspeople. Multiple stories surround the pair; in most accounts the women are spotted in the woods or the by the river wailing for each other. Isabelle is also said to appear when children are being abused or murdered and exact revenge on the guilty party.
Their grave site is unknown.
According to US News Butler hall is one of the most haunted dorms in the nation. While there is no actual story that goes along with the hauntings, students have reported uneasy feelings, unexplained noises, and things falling from walls with no cause.
It is no secret that people think Sterry is haunted. It has even earned the name ‘Scary Sterry.’ It is said that a young woman wearing white haunts the dormitory. Many freshmen students have spotted or interacted with the specter.
Another familiar legend of the campus is the architect’s daughter of Tower Hall. She is said to be the reason for the size of the windows on the building. The lore concludes that while building Tower Hall, the architect’s daughter jumped from one of his other buildings and killed herself. Though she did not die at Tower, some have still seen what appears to be her spirit.
Old Main is the oldest building on the Texas State campus dating back to the early 20th century. According to the local lore, a young female student haunts the iconic building on campus. There are variations in the stories in one the student committed suicide after her significant other was killed fighting in World War I, and in others she was a student who committed suicide after failing out of school. The girl, in both accounts, passed away after jumping from a window on the third floor.
The Theatre Center Building
Another iconic building on the Texas State campus is the red theatre building surrounded by the moat. According to some it too is haunted. It is said that a man named Ramsey hanged himself in the building. According to legend, since the water surrounds the building it keeps his spirit there.
Hope you are not too scared! Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these are some interesting legends to share with your friends around a campfire. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a paranormal experience this semester!
Featured illustration by Lauren Jurgemeyer.