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‘In the Wild’: Explores the haunted history of Summerville Campus

Unveiling the eerie tales of the past, the latest episode of In the Wild podcast delves into the haunted history surrounding Augusta University’s Summerville Campus. Courtney Berge and Maranda Christy, from Special Collections and Archives in the Universities Libraries, reveal spine-chilling stories about the renowned Benet House and the mysterious Bellevue Hall, leaving listeners captivated by the possibility of ghostly encounters within the campus’s historic structures.

In addition to the exploration of the paranormal, the podcast features an insightful conversation with two esteemed professors from the Department of English and World Languages, Rhonda Armstrong, PhD, and Valerie Cato. The professors provide valuable insights into the allure of folklore and its enduring appeal in contemporary culture. Their expertise sheds light on the reasons behind society’s enduring fascination with ghost stories and the paranormal, offering a deeper understanding of the human psyche’s affinity for the mysterious and unknown.

“We wanted to share some narratives that have been woven into the fabric of the Summerville campus,” said Raysean Ricks, podcast’s host. “I hope everyone goes to visit these spaces on campus.”

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Raysean Ricks is a writer for Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact him to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-6144 or email him at

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