University of North Alabama - Real Florence Haunt
Wesleyan Hall, which was built in 1856, has a haunted history dating back to the Civil War. At different points during the war, the building was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces, including Confederate General John Bell and the Union's General Sherman. At one point during the occupations the son of an officer, who had been traveling with his father a drummer boy, drowned in a nearby lake; conflicting accounts claim that he either simply fell in and drowned or that he had been kidnapped for ransom, then tossed in by his captors. Whatever the case, the boy's spirit has been seen wandering the halls of Wesleyan Hall ever since. Some have seen his spirit late at night, while others have heard footsteps and the sound of rhythmic banging.
Locals have also reported seeing the spirit of a young girl looking down from the upstairs window of the Off Campus Book Store. The girl, named Molly, allegedly lived in the building during the 1930s or '40s, but died of rabies shortly after being bit by her puppy.
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Haunted house tour
A local author takes groups on a haunted house tour just before Halloween in the downtown/University of N AL area of Florence where there are a bunch of nice old homes. A friend and I went on one of her tours several years ago. On that tour, while we were standing behind Pope's Tavern (very surprised it's not on your list - it was used as a hospital during the Civil War.) She told a story about an occurrence that happened on a prior tour. She had her then-young daughter with her. While she was speaking to the attendees, her daughter disappeared for a short time. When she showed back up, her mother, who had realized she wasn't with the group, asked where she'd been. Her daughter told her that she had seen a young girl wandering around by herself, apparently looking for something. The daughter approached her and asked what she was doing, since it was after sundown and she was by herself. The little girl told her she was looking for her missing puppy so the daughter helped her look for a short while. The daughter described the little girl as being dressed "funny". She described her clothes in such a way that told her mother she was wearing an old fashioned dress. This piqued her mother's interest, so they looked for the little girl where the daughter said she'd found her. No little girl or puppy was ever found. I was reminded of this event when I read your mention of the little girl, Molly, that died of rabies after being bitten by her puppy. Coincidence, much?Posted 8/24/19