Texas State is home to many historic buildings, each containing their own unique—and sometimes spooky—history.
While many have heard ghostly tales at orientation, some students have also experienced supernatural sightings first hand.
Here is a list of five buildings on campus believed to have a haunted past.
Old Main is one of the supposedly haunted buildings on campus.
Old Main is one of the oldest buildings on campus, and has sparked numerous reports of supernatural activity.
While few stories circulate among students about this location, some faculty members with offices in the building say they have been put in some inexplicable situations.
Emmeline Aguirre, School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor, said she spends the majority of her time in Old Main.
Aguirre said she had a scary experience a few years ago in her office that has stuck with her ever since. She was in the middle of a conference call with a few of her students when she was interrupted by a strange noise.
“All of the sudden all this white noise started coming across on the phone,” Aguirre said.
After the white noise sound subsided, Aguirre said it began to sound like someone was talking gibberish.
She said the scariest part of the call occurred when she heard a voice whispering, “Help me,” on the other end of the line.
“I’m still scared to take any conference calls now,” Aguirre said.
Sterry Hall is one of the supposedly haunted buildings on campus.
Sterry Hall is the first place that comes to many students’ minds when haunted buildings at Texas State are discussed.
Channing Wan, communications studies junior and former Texas State Orientation Leader, said students have even nicknamed the dorm “Scary Sterry” based on experiences freshman residents have had.
Wan said he learned of many haunted stories during his time as an OL.
He said the leaders told a story about the ghost of a girl in a white dress who would roam the halls of Sterry at night
“One time, a girl with asthma that would sometimes have trouble breathing at night felt like she couldn’t breathe,” Wan said. “When she woke up, the girl in the dress was on top of her.”
According to The Austin American-Statesman, a resident assistant at Laurel Hall died in 2011 after jumping from a window while under the influence of alcohol.
Lizzie Brown, finance senior, said she was a resident in the hall during her freshman year, only a year after the incident happened.
“The ghost of Laurel led her to the edge,” Brown said. “That’s why she jumped. It wasn’t just because she was drunk.”
Tower Hall is one of the supposedly haunted buildings on campus.
When students discuss haunted buildings on campus, the windows on the top floors of Tower Hall always seem to come to mind as well.
John Zavala, criminal justice junior, said he was a resident at Tower Hall his freshman year.
Zavala said many students have heard the story about the daughter of the architect who built Tower Hall.
Zavala said the architect’s daughter allegedly jumped off of another building while he was working on the plans for the residence hall. It inspired him to gradually make the windows smaller as the floors progressed.
“It is said that on the ninth floor, which was the floor that I lived on, the elevators would open by themselves, and that was supposed to be her presence,” Zavala said. “ I have actually seen it happen.”
Butler Hall is one of the supposedly haunted buildings on campus.
According to USNews, Butler Hall was recently declared one of nine haunted dorms in the United States.
Charlie Rodriguez, theater sophomore, said he was a resident at Butler Hall last year.
Rodriguez said a few friends who lived down the hall from him experienced paranormal activity multiple times.
Rodriguez said the supernatural being was most active when the group tried to interact with it.
“I had two friends that lived in Room 222 that had some very interesting experiences, like things being thrown off of their shelves and things being moved on their desks,” Rodriguez said. “When they would talk to the being, it would reply by knocking and shifting stuff.”