OPERATION TIME: 1921 to present
The Auburn University Chapel was built in 1851 as a Presbyterian church. During the Civil War, the building was a Confederate hospital used for healing wounded soldiers. Later, the building was temporarily divided into classrooms when the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College burned down in 1887.
The church was renovated sometime around 1900. It was eventually sold to the college in 1921, and it became the YMCA/YWCA center for a few years. Auburn Players Theater, the college’s acting troupe, was housed there from 1927 to 1973. The structure received additional renovations between 1973 and 1976 to convert it into the Auburn University Chapel.
A legend about Sydney Grimlett, the ghost of a Confederate soldier who died in the temporary war hospital, says that a man haunts the school. When the building became a theater, Grimlett began to haunt the acting troupe, and when the group moved to another part of the campus, he followed them. He is now reported to haunt the Telfair Peet Theatre. Students often leave Skittles candies to Sydney before performing in shows.
- Alabama Ghost Hunters. “University Chapel,” www.AlabamaGhostHunters.com
- Forgotten USA. “University Chapel,” www.ForgottenUSA.com
- Wikipedia. “Auburn University Chapel,” www.Wikipedia.org
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