One night in 1914, Abigail Lylia Burns, a promising opera student at Athens State College, life came to an end in McCandless Hall. Now many people at the school have claimed to see her in a white formal dress, the same dress she was wearing the night she died. Hundreds of people each year attend the Memorial Concert at the Huntsville Opera Theater just to see if her ghost will appear. Supposedly, there are other ghosts that walk the halls of Athens State College at night, but Abigail is still the most famous. Another well-known ghost is that of a very strict proctor named Madam Childs. She is said to walk the halls of the women’s dormitories haunting the young girls who stay up past curfew. Regardless of these ghost sightings and hauntings, Athens State College is still known as a quiet little campus.
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