Some spirits just find it hard to leave Lawrence. Who can blame them?
With a pre-Civil War history as fiery and volatile as ours, Lawrence has more than a few ghosts and haunts. For example, Quantrill’s Raid of 1863, that left 200 dead and the town in flames. Pioneer Cemetery was the repository of a mass grave on that fateful day. A few ghosts still linger there.
The Eldridge Hotel has its share of paranormal activity, as do Haskell Indian Nations University, The Lynch House, the Sandbar and more. And don’t forget the Sigma Nu fraternity, originally home to Governor Walter Stubbs. His housemaid/mistress was found hanged; her ashes buried behind a plaque on the fireplace; his wife sent to a sanitarium. But the young girl’s ghost is occasionally sighted by fraternity brothers who live there now. Some spirits just find it hard to leave Lawrence. Who can blame them?
For a more pastoral view, pick up a copy of our self-guided tour “Historic Cemeteries Tour of Lawrence” at the Lawrence Visitors Information Center, 402 N. 2nd Street.