Montevallo is a city in Shelby County, Alabama. It is the home of the University of Montevallo and is basically a college town. There are many places to visit in Montevallo like Orr Park, Hillsboro Trail, the Aldrich Coal Mine Museum, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, the Ozan Winery & Cellars, and a whole lot more.
A photo of downtown Montevallo, Alabama. (Link: https://www.newsbreak.com/alabama/montevallo/news/1512964618094/more-new-businesses-including-slice-pizza-coming-to-downtown-montevallo)
While there are a lot of places to visit in Shelby County, Alabama, one of the frequent places that people visit is the University of Montevallo. It is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a woman who died in an accident in the area.
An aerial shot of the University of Montevallo. (Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/profile/company/org_ch_d27e3250771deeaca76ee6c4581f60cf)
History of University of Montevallo
The University of Montevallo is a public university located in Alabama. It was founded in 1896 but the University of Montevallo Historic District was established only in 1979. By 1990, the campus expanded and it is now what people see as the university with 75 buildings.
The first building at the University of Montevallo was built in 1823. It is called the King House and is the oldest building on the campus. The university officially opened in 1896 and it was for Alabama Girls’ Industrial School (AGIS). It initially offered technical schooling and high-school level courses. Over the years, it became a degree-granting institution. In 1956, the college was opened to men.
The Ghost Of Condie Cunningham
Many students and staff at the University of Montevallo claimed to have seen the ghosts that haunt the area.
During one of the ghost walks at the university’s campus, Kathy Lowe, the director of University of Montevallo’s Carmichael Library, shared about the ghosts that make the living uncomfortable.
The first ghost is said to be usually seen at the King House Main Dorm and the King House Cemetery. It pertains to a then-sophomore Condie Cunningham. She lived at the Main Dorm in 1908. Accordingly, on February 4, 1908, Condie and her roommate melted chocolate in a chafing dish. Later, the siren could be heard signifying the 10 P.M. curfew. Because they were still melting chocolate during that time, they rushed to fix the items. Lowe continued to share, “Alcohol fell on the carpet, and the flame caught on the back of Condie’s nightgown. She became hysterical and ran screaming down the hall.”
Condie Cunningham is part of this sophomore class but she has not been identified in this photo. (Link: http://carmichaeldigitalprojects.org/archivingmontevallo/exhibits/show/ghosts-at-montevallo/the-ghost-of-main-hall)
A faculty member saw what happened and extinguished the fire. However, Condie suffered from serious injuries. She was taken to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries two days after.
After Condie passed away, that was when the ghost stories about her started to spread. Lowe noted that some girls at the Main Dorm hear screaming and moaning on the halls. Running on the hall could also be heard even if no one is living in the rooms. Some also claim to hear disembodied voices asking for help.
Some even said that they saw her face on the wooden door of her dorm room on the second floor. Allegedly, the face had flames in it and because people always wanted to see if it was true, the door was removed from the Main Dorm. The door remains in the basement and you can judge for yourself is you see a woman’s face as seen in the photo below.
A photo of the door allegedly showing Condie Cunningham’s face. (Link: https://www.noblemania.com/2018/04/inaugural-speaker-for-pat-scales.html)
The Ghost Of Captain Henry Clay Reynolds
Another ghost is said to belong to Captain Henry Clay Reynolds. He is said to frequent the Reynolds Hall, which is now a theatre building where the students of the University of Montevallo practice.
A photo showing the outside of Reynolds Hall. (Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyduke/2446926033/in/[email protected]/lightbox/)
Accordingly, Reynolds is haunting the Reynolds Hall because during the Civil war, he had the duty to provide security for those who were sick and injured. The Confederate hospital was at the Reynolds Hall during that time. However, he had to leave his post because he heard about the siege that was going to happen in town. When he returned to the Confederate hospital, he found all the rooms full of massacred people. Many say that he haunts Reynolds Hall because he felt guilty for not being able to save them because he left his post. After the murders, he allegedly vowed never to leave the building again. Many are saying he lingers in the Reynolds Hall because of the promise he made.
Captain Henry Reynolds in an undated photo. (Link: https://carmichaeldigitalprojects.org/archivingmontevallo/items/show/102)
As for the manifestations of Reynolds, his blue apparition is said to be seen most of the time and his voice could even be heard. If he cannot be spotted or heard, some say that they have surely felt his presence in and around the building. He is also reportedly known for following students late at night.
One spooky story about Reynolds is about a painting of him. Rumour has it that the painting of the captain was taken down in the lobby of the Reynolds Hall and another framed photo was placed in the area. Later, it was discovered that the painting of Reynolds was re-hung in the same area where it was removed. The framed photo that was hung in place of Reynolds’ painting was found on the first floor.
The Ghost Of Edmond King
At the Mansion House of University of Montevallo lived Edmond King. He loved his mansion so much and lived there until 1863. He allegedly buried all his money under a peach tree so that no one could get his prized possessions.
The King Mansion. (Link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_House,_University_of_Montevallo.jpg)
After he died, an apparition of an old man was seen walking around the yard. He reportedly has a shovel and a lantern with him. Some students saw a lantern at the window moving across the second floor one evening. No one lived there so they were positive it was the ghost of King.
An undated photo of Edmond King. (Link: http://carmichaeldigitalprojects.org/archivingmontevallo/exhibits/show/ghosts-at-montevallo/ghosts-at-king-house)
Some have also seen King inside the mansion sitting on the table and counting his money. He is said to be quite friendly because a couple of students were walking by one morning and saw him waving at them from the second floor window.
The Ghost Of W.H. Trumbauer
One of the designers of the Palmer Hall is named W.H. Trumbauer. He is said to haunt the Palmer Hall and loves to interact with students as much as he died when he was still alive.
A photo of Palmer Hall from the outside. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Waverly_Palmer_Hall.jpg)
One student was allegedly playing the organ in Palmer Hall but realized it was too late already so she decided to stop practicing and head home. She then heard a voice asking her not to stop playing. She was alone during that time.
Many believe that it was the ghost of Trumbauer. He reportedly loved the annual College Night, where a contest is held and plays are presented. Trumbauer is said to be seen at the backstage most of the time.
The Ghost Of A Former Housemother
A former strict housemother is said to be linger in the Hanson Hall Women’s Residence. Many female students who are up late while studying claim that they feel someone is watching them.
Aside from the feeling that someone is walking up and down the halls, some claimed they felt the entity go inside their room to check on them.
Hanson Hall in an undated photo. (Link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hanson_Hall.jpg)