My husband works as a maintenance manager in an old mill building. The building was constructed in 1890. It has had many uses over the years from the textile industry to the production of fire engines and rifles. It is currently an educational facility. Just the age of the building makes it interesting but if you add the history, it is even more so. My husband had told me from the beginning that the building was haunted. Stories abound from others that work in the building.
The first experience my husband had was hearing the laughter of small girls. This was according to him at about 3am on a Monday morning. The building was empty except for my husband. He was in covering for a janitor that was on vacation. He was on the third floor of the building and was feeling uncomfortable for some reason. He had cleaned a set of bathrooms and was making his way to the nearby offices when he heard a giggle. He said his blood ran cold and he just stopped where he was. He paused and listened but heard nothing. He started to move again and once again he heard laughter. This time there were two distinct voices laughing. Both sounding like small children. At this point he decided to go to another part of the building until the sun came up.
Later that morning he returned to the area that seemed so frightening a short time earlier. Now in the warm early morning light it wasn't scary at all. He did notice that there were pictures along the wall near where he had heard the laughter. Two of these pictures caught his eye. The pictures, each 8x10 showed sister in victorian dress. While they were adults, the coincidence sent a shiver down his spine.
The next week when the janitor he was covering for returned to work, my husband asked if he had ever heard anything while working up there. "You mean my girls?" was the reply. The janitor said the building was really creepy at night but that nothing bad ever happened, so he didn't worry about it. He said that along with the laughter of little girls, there were certain doors that would slam even though they were already closed. Also there were seats in the auditorium which he would always find down, even though they should spring back like theater seats. It was always the same seats and it didn't matter if the room was used at all during the previous day or not. He showed me the seats and to this day I will find them down in the morning.
On and off over the years he has had to work third shift for different reasons. Each time he does there is an experience. He has himself heard doors he recently closed slam shut. He has heard muffled conversations only to find the area empty when he investigates. He has also discussed this with other employees and anyone who has spent time in the building alone off hours has something to share.
The first time I was with him at night when the building was empty we experienced something together. He had stopped because I needed to go to the bathroom and we were nearby so it was ideal. He also wanted to check an office for a leak as it was a rainy evening and he had had problems earlier with the space. We were inside this particular lab and while it was dry, there was something more upsetting going on. We stood in the space and he checked for a leak, we turned to leave and he paused. I followed his gaze to the bottom of the door. We could plainly see shadows moving outside the door by looking at the gap between the door and the floor. It wasn't just one or two, it was nearly constant. As if an large group of people were walking by. It subsided in just a few moments. We walked outside the lab and checked the entire floor. We were alone. We checked each floor and found no one else in the building, the parking lot was empty too.
Since then, nearly each time we are alone in the building we have some strange encounter. I will post more as time allows.