The Legend of the Brown Lady Ghost of Chowan University… excerpt from Ghosthunting North Carolina by Kala Ambrose
Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina was founded in 1848 as the Chowan Baptist Female Institute, a four-year women’s college. Legend states that during the Civil War a female student at Chowan was engaged to her beloved who left to fight in the war. Reportedly he died in battle and she later died of a broken heart.
Since her death, her ghost has been seen walking through buildings and appearing in the halls around the university. She most often appears in a mist and is seen wearing a brown dress, which has earned her the nickname “The Brown Lady.” Reports of her appearance began shortly after her death and the legends state that staff noticed other strange occurrences such as piles of leaves gathered in the hallways after the building had been locked and secured in the evening.
The legend of the Brown Lady continued to grow, as did her appearances, which led to a yearly event at the college dubbed “The Brown Lady Festival” in the 1940’s and 50’s. During the festival a student would be nominated to dress up as the Brown Lady. The celebration culminated with party goers walking from the college campus to the nearby Wise Family Cemetery. No one knows the name of the Brown Lady or if she is buried in this nearby cemetery. Perhaps the students journey to the Wise Family Cemetery hoping to help the Brown Lady find a final resting place.
Chowan University is a Christian school with approximately one thousand students in attendance from over twenty states and foreign countries. The Brown Lady continues to make an appearance at Chowan University and the school acknowledges this fact. She is a well-known and recognized part of the university and its history. Chowan now states that she returned from the dead to “test the loyalty of the students.” Others feel that she visits to instill a sense of pride and eternal love.
Each week here in September on Kala’s Bohemian Blog, I’m sharing stories from my book, Ghosthunting North Carolina. If you are interested in more stories, please check out the Ghosthunting North Carolina book!
Noted wisdom teacher, author, intuitive, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose’s teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations.
Kala is the author of four books including the award-winning 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled, Ghosthunting North Carolina, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead.
A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Enrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce’s ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, and at her school, The Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.