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Evansville, Indiana: Haunted Library

The Grey Lady has haunted the aisles of Willard Library, even during the daytime, since she was first spotted by a custodian in the 1930s.

Willard Library

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) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Haunted Library

Mention the ghost at the front desk and they will give you a flyer about her. They also have livestreams of the library on their website, so you can watch for yourself, and maybe see the ghost....

[Dave, 07/03/2023]

Willard Library.

Haunted Library

This building is incredible! We did feel the chill of The Grey Lady when we were there!

[Debra, 01/26/2020]
Willard Library's Lady in Grey Ghost

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]
Willard Library's Lady in Grey Ghost

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's Lady in Grey Ghost

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

World War II Navy LSTWorld War II Navy LST, Evansville, IN - < 1 mi.
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