Is Robie-Andrews Hall At The University of Southern Maine Really Haunted?
For years, stories have been passed through the campus of the University of Southern Maine about a haunted dorm, are they true?
In a corner of the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham, stands a rather large and impressive old building known as Robie-Andrews Hall. For years now, it has typically been the dormitory that’s housed art and music students…and if you believe some of the whispers on and off campus, USM’s ghosts.
Nothing is quite certain or clear when it comes to the actual ghosts haunting Robie-Andrews. According to Strange Maine, there’s a story of a young female, left by her boyfriend after she was found to be pregnant and rather than go through the pregnancy alone, hung herself on the 4th floor of the dormitory. Since then, her ghost has been roaming the hallways and leaving current-day students with strange experiences.
If that’s too far-fetched for your tastes, there’s the story of another young female left homesick. Back before we could telephone home, you had to write letters. According to an article from the USM Free Press, this young student sent several letters home to her parents without any response. She became homesick and began crawling into the Robie-Andrews belfry tower to call out to her parents. Somewhere along the line, she either fell out of the tower, or more disturbingly, was pushed, and her spirit continues to roam around the hallways on the old dormitory.
Students from the past at USM haven’t been falling all over themselves to deny the frightening stories. In the comments section on the Strange Maine post, some former students share stories of creepy encounters. Cold spots in the building, hearing footsteps or furniture being moved above the 4th floor (even though the attic has been closed off to students) and there was even a former student who claimed to see an apparition and attempt to interview it (it didn’t work out obviously).
If you’ve ever visited Robie-Andrews hall, you know that perhaps the creepiest happening in that building is the elevator that just opens and closes on its own. It could easily be chalked up to an old building with mechanical failures…or is it the ghost or ghosts moving from floor to floor?
Are these stories just an act of fiction? An opportunity to use the supernatural to scare the new and naive? Has there really ever been any proof? To this day, there’s been little, if any. Instead, any former or current USM students can look at Robie-Andrews, and that belfry tower and wonder…is it true?