Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Willard Library is a Real Scary Story

On this date in 2001, the Fox Family channel series Real Scary Stories probed into the history and legends of the infamous Grey Lady of the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. The show sent two teens in to investigate and record their experiences while inside. The "Grey Lady" had to share time in the half-hour show though, as a different group of teens explored the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Real Scary Stories only lasted one season but was something of a companion piece to their better-known show, Scariest Places on Earth. Today, repeats of Real Scary Stories still show up on the Sci-Fi Channel from time to time, but under the name Scary... But True.

As for the Willard Library, the stories of a "Grey Lady" haunting the 1885 building date back to 1937 when a reportedly surprised janitor encountered her. Countless sightings have followed and her notoriety grew. In 1999, the alleged spirit soon was the subject of a worldwide ghost hunt when special "ghost cams" were set up for computer users to try and spot the entity over the Internet. The "ghost cams" remain active to this day. The legends do too, as evidenced by the fact that Real Scary Stories is hardly the only show to probe the mysteries of the Willard Library. It has also been investigated by the likes of Ghost Hunters and Proof Positive.

Pay a visit to the Grey Lady of the Willard Library.

-Casey H.

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