Evansville, Indiana: Haunted LibraryThe Grey Lady has haunted the aisles of Willard Library, even during the daytime, since she was first spotted by a custodian in the 1930s.
- 21 N. 1st Ave., Evansville, IN
- Willard Library. At the corner of 1st Ave. and the (west) Lloyd Expressway.
- M-Tu 9 am - 8 pm, W-F 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sa 9 am - 5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Haunted Library
Around Halloween, they offer a haunted, after-dark library tour. It's also offered during the day, for the kids. Though I didn't experience a visit from the Grey Lady herself, there was a permeating air of creepiness about the old place at night. The tour includes a pleasant medley of haunted recollections and historical highlights of the building.[Faye Travis, 08/31/2006]
A little more information on the Gray Lady at Willard Library: The story is that she is the daughter of the man who built the library - Willard Carpenter. The library was the first public library in the city and it was originally open only to men. Interesting item - the Carpenter House, just a couple of blocks away from Willard Library, is now inhabited by the local PBS television and radio station and is reportedly haunted as well. People who work there have experienced some very strange things and ghost hunters/paranormal experts have visited both places and been very intrigued by the results they got with their equipment.[K. Williams, 06/24/2005]
Willard Library, one of the oldest libraries in the area seems like just another old library other than it's nostalgic beauty and excellent Geneaology Center.
But if you look closely between the aisles of books you may chance upon The Grey Lady. She is the Libraries resident phantom who roams the isles for eternity. No one seems to know her story, was she a librarian there at one time who passed with unfinished business? Who knows?[Jeff Sherretz, 06/16/2002]