“The Haunted Nunnery”
Place item was collected
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Dallas Cook is a student at Utah State University. He has attended Utah State since Spring of 2018 after he returned from serving an LDS mission in Spain. He is one of the many people I’ve met in Logan during my first semester, but I’d categorize him as a mutual friend since we are not incredibly close.
The legend of the “Haunted Nunnery” is something I’ve frequently heard about since moving to Logan in August, from both students and teachers. It tells the story of a young nun who became pregnant and then was separated from her child before it was drowned in a pool on the nunnery grounds. The legend states that if you enter the nunnery at night and stand in the deep end of the pool, you’ll be able to hear the soft cries of the mother and baby. The property has since been bought by owners who are wary of trespassers, making it extremely difficult to take part in legend tripping.
I don’t know if I’m gonna remember all the details, but the nunnery story goes as follows… Um… [long pause]... Um, there was this girl that was put into this nunnery that’s found up Logan Canyon, and things were going fine until the nuns found out that the girl had been foolin’ around and she was pregnant. So, when she had the baby, the nuns took it away from her and drowned it in the pool to get rid of the evidence, or whatever. Uh, the mother freaked out naturally because her baby was killed. And… I can’t remember what happens after that. She runs away to like, a river… Something happens in a river. I can’t remember. Either way, she did something really important after that, but I’m not sure. Basically, if you go to the pool at night you’ll hear the baby crying and you’ll see the mom… yeah. Anyway… [trails off].
This interview took place in the basement of our friend Camille’s home. Several of us had gathered to do homework, but our focus was interrupted when we began to discuss the pros and cons of living in Logan. Dallas mentioned that there’s a lot of “freaky stuff” up Logan Canyon. When he began to recite the legend, I paused him and asked if I could record him for my Collections Project. I noticed that after I hit the record button, his tone became less excited and more focused on getting every detail correct. This was the first one-on-one conversation Dallas and I had ever had, but he happily obliged when I asked him to be part of my project.
Semester and year
Rivera, Josephine, "“The Haunted Nunnery”" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 313.