My name is Harry; I am a self-employed carpenter from Aberdeen, New Jersey. I am and have been fascinated by ghosts since I was a kid, but in the last few years I have been experiencing some strange occurrences while at work and wanted to join a local group I could share them with without getting looked at like I'm crazy.
Being a home remodeler, I often find myself working in a lot of older homes. Sometimes I have had strange feelings and other times I have heard and seen things that I can't explain. I'm sure that some of my experiences are self-induced, but there are those I know are not. A perfect example happened in the house that lies at the top of the hill in Huber woods and a local park that once belonged to the Huber family during the Revolutionary war.
It was about 9 am on a brisk, sunny day last winter. We were in the middle of remodelling a bathroom on the second floor in the newer end of the house. I was alone and ripping out an old window while waiting for my co-workers to arrive with the new one. My mind was on my work and not ghosts at this particular time. As was our arrangement with the homeowner, we were not to knock on the door when we arrived in the mornings, we were told to just come in and do what we needed to do because she was unable to hear us knocking from her room (there was no doorbell). Typically I was the first to arrive and would quietly go up and get ready for the day's work and eventually the lady of the house (I'll call her Mrs. Wilson to keep her identity private) would peek her head in and say hi.
So, this particular day I was tearing out the old window as I said. While I was pulling out the lower sash, I distinctly heard the door behind me open and a woman's voice exclaim "Oh!" I assumed it was the homeowner and she was surprised to see me taking out the window. I turned around to say hi and found there was no one there and the door was closed! A chill ran up my spine and the hair on my arm stood up. I got pretty creeped out. I continued working but felt as if someone was in the room with me until my co-workers arrived about an hour later.
Over the next few weeks, I tried working with my iPod on to try and ignore the uneasy feelings I would get every day working alone in there. Eventually, I figured that I had to confront my fear and face whatever it was that was hanging around me every day while I was alone in the house. So one morning I spoke out loud saying something to the effect of "I'm only here to fix your house, if you leave me be I will finish up and leave so I don't bother you anymore." From that moment on, I was left alone. I never felt anything in the few additional weeks it took us to complete the bathroom. That was one of the creepiest experiences I have had, but I have had others in different homes.
I have a cousin in Kansas who is an amateur paranormal investigator herself and she tells me that our family is sensitive to this kind of thing; I am beginning to believe her!
I have has several other experiences in other homes that I cannot explain, but I will add them another day. Thanks for reading my account!