This story is actually one of my family member's stories. He told me I could go ahead and post it for him. He owns a pest control service in Placerville CA (Also known as Hang town because of the many public hangings there where). He did the pest control for a historic house called The Vineyard House in Coloma (where gold was discovered, the house has been on many ghost hunting shows). This house is famous for the history and its spirits. At one time it was used to be a house, hotel, bar, jail, and it was always a winery. But someone bought it and it has been closed to the public for about 2 years now.
The original family built it in the mid 1800s and the family experienced many tragedies. The husband ended up with syphilis, which over time caused blindness and mental illness. Because he became violent from being mentally ill, his wife had him chained to a wall in the basement of the house, where he reportedly died. Then the winery ended up being destroyed. Then their children died of an illness. Then the wife died also. I have also heard that there where some executions that took place on the property. They are all buried in the cemetery across the street. The cemetery is also famous for its spirits but that is a whole other story.
Anyways, I have heard SO MANY ghost stories about that place and I have always wanted to go in! Well when my uncle was doing the pest control there a few years back it was closed and owned by the bank. But there was a serious rat/mice problem in the basement. Because it had been owned by the bank for about a year the power was shut off. So he would go in the basement (where the husband was chained up and died) in pitch black. He said "going down the stairs into the basement felt like walking down into the pits of hell only without the fire ". He said just walking down there made his skin crawl because he could feel such a strong presence.
He said one day he was down there setting up rat/mice traps and he heard a voice. He said, "I turned around with my flashlight to find no one was there. I thought maybe someone was down there hiding and just messing with me so I said 'If there is anyone in here you need to leave the room because I am spraying for bugs and it's not good to breathe.' But no one responded. So I kept spraying and putting out traps. I heard another whisper and I realized I was NOT alone. I continued spraying trying to pretend I wasn't scared and all of the sudden I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around expecting someone behind me and once again there was no one. After that I told whatever was with me in the room to leave me alone and it did. That basement felt so evil and nasty I had to get out of there!"
He said he still did the pest control until the house was sold. He said every time he would go into the house, no matter which part of the house, he would always feel a spirit with him or hear whispers. He said he also heard what sounded like men walking around in boots and children laughing. He also said that he eventually got used to it and just ignored them, did his job, and left. But he said he will never forget everything that happened in the Vineyard House.
I myself have never been in the house. If it was still open to the public I would go in there for sure! Not just for the spirits but for its history. I have been across the street in the cemetery MANY times and have experienced paranormal activity there (without seeking it). I know exactly where the original owner's family plot is and you can see the Vineyard House from their plot. Just thought I'd share it with you. Thanks for reading! Leave a comment if you want.