Strange feelings at Arcadia U.

March 7, 2008 12:28:34 AM PST
One of the handymen at Arcadia University took us to where few are allowed to go: the roof of the Grey Towers Castle.Much of the Glenside university's campus is visible from up here. For obvious reasons, roof access is restricted.

But it is what goes on within the walls of this national historic landmark that has become so mysterious.

Construction of the grey stone structure began in 1893. William Welsh Harrison was its first resident. Arcadia officials say he is depicted in one of the gargoyle sculptures in the front.

There are numerous gargoyles - some human-like, some not so human-like.

Today, the castle serves as offices and a residence hall for Arcadia. Some students swear strange things happen not only in Grey Towers, but in buildings throughout the campus.

"Sometimes when you walk around late at night through the campus, you definitely feel like you are not alone," says Jade Mostyn, the senior class president at Arcadia. Last year she was preparing for a senior party in one of the castle's rooms and "when you're up there by yourself, you definitely get scared. And I don't usually feel scared."

Jason Ford says during his freshman year he saw a figure standing in his dorm room in the middle of the night. "It really freaked me out, but I was half asleep and half awake."

"I definitely saw something, but I don't really know what it was."

However, Benjamin Brennan, also a student at Arcadia, says it's all hogwash.

"I've actually never had any ghost experiences on campus," he says. "I don't think they're real at all. I think it's just sleep paralysis."

"It's a castle. Of course people are going to think it's haunted."

Harrison, the first resident, died in 1927. Arcadia, which was then known as Beaver College, bought the castle two years later. Sale price was $712,000.

Even in this real estate market, that seems like a bargain, doesn't it?

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