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The Story Behind This Haunted Alabama Chapel Is Seriously Spooky

Because Auburn, Alabama has such a rich history, it’s not surprising that several ghost stories have become local legends. The following is a ghost story you may or may not be familiar with.

During the Civil War, Auburn University Chapel served as a hospital. Many soldiers traveled to Auburn to seek medical treatment for their wounds. One of these soldiers, known as Sydney Grimlett, never left after receiving treatment.

Here’s how the story goes:

In 1864, according to legend, Sydney Grimlett wounded his leg and it had to be amputated. Sadly, he died during the procedure and is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.

During the 1920s, the Auburn Theatre Troupe took over the chapel. Soon after, the troupe members reported seeing ghosts. For example, during several performances, most of the audience members claimed to see glowing orbs near the actors. Props were also disappearing from the sets. If those two occurrences aren’t enough to spook you, theatre rehearsals were usually interrupted by strange noises coming from the attic. Because they were terrified, the troupe members used a Ouija Board to contact Mr. Grimlett. And to satisfy his spirit, they left candy for him before each performance.

It’s unclear exactly where this story came from, or if Sydney Grimlett is a real person. According to most witnesses, Sydney has always been a pleasant ghost.

In 1973, the troupe members relocated to Telfair Peet Theatre. They invited Sydney to come along with them and he followed. For Sydney to be happy, he must be given candy every night, preferably Reese’s Pieces and Peanut M&Ms. And if he’s not fed before a show, he tends to act out.

Today, Sydney Grimlett spends his time at the Telfair Peet Theatre, and the troupe members still leave candy out for him.

For the complete story of Sydney Grimlett, be sure to check out this short video:

Are you familiar with the story of Sydney Grimlett? Do you believe he was a real person? Let us know what you think!

Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.