Smart See, Smart Do: Mississippi University for Women

Callaway Hall is hauntingly beautiful.

Mississippi University for Women Calloway Hall

Mississippi University for Women is home to several beautiful landmarks, but perhaps none so well known as Callaway Hall. Built in 1860, it is part of the university’s original structure and was named for Mary J.S. Callaway, professor of mathematics from 1885 to 1900 and two-time acting president.  Callaway Hall is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it has rich historic value: During the Civil War the building was utilized to house and treat wounded soldiers. Rumor has it that a nurse named Mary fell in love with a wounded soldier during her service at Callaway Hall.  She successfully restored him to health, but after he returned to battle she never heard from him again. In a fit of distress, she plunged from the colossal height of the Clock Tower. Students report that the fourth floor of the building is still haunted by Mary’s ghost — but don’t let that scare you away; the Clock Tower was built after the Civil War, so the story is more historical fiction than hard fact.

The legend of Callaway Hall is just one example among many of tradition and community throughout the W. Others include the legend of the Orr Chapel owl, which says that if you hit the owl perched atop the building the night before an exam, you’ll be granted sufficient wisdom to ace the test. Freshman Serenade is a tradition in which the freshman class gathers to sing to the upperclassmen from across campus, then to the university president at her home.

Learn more about MUW’s rich history and tradition by scheduling a campus visit. Walk-in visitors are always welcome, but to take full advantage of campus tours, class schedules, and admissions counselors, schedule a trip at least a week ahead of time by calling the admissions office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (662) 329-7106. You can also schedule a visit by browsing the visitor's page and chatting with an online counselor. 

Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street MUW-1605
105 Welty Hall
Columbus, MS 39701-5800

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McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University.  Val
will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart
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