Attending the first public university in the nation has its perks (besides the lead-ridden pipes). For example, admission to UNC comes with access to over 200 years of campus lore. From haunted buildings – yes, "buildings" is plural – to zany characters.
Come along with the Editorial Board as we share our favorite myths, legends and rumors surrounding UNC.
The Legend of Gimghoul
Sitting on the far east side of campus, Gimghoul Castle stands tall.
Built in the early 1920s, the building is said to be home to one of campus’ most secret societies, the Order of Gimghoul. This organization inspired the legend of Peter Dromgoole, a student who is said to have mysteriously disappeared from UNC's campus in 1833.
While the legend is eerie, the organization is probably even more so. More recent archival records are closed off to the public, but by looking at older records, one begins to recognize the names of deceased members: Wilson, Kenan, Carmichael, Ehringhaus, Craige. The list goes on.
Some of the university’s most prominent alumni were part of this elite, secret society. Well, here’s where this tale takes a sharp turn. While this society seems to be reminiscent of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, their quest for honor is tainted by an unsightly symbol seen in photos, icons and even their original emblem:
The personification of sin himself shows up repeatedly throughout photos and paintings of the society. What does this mean? Could the secrets lie inside Gimghoul Castle?