According to my landlord, the house I live in was constructed around the time of the Civil War. At the time it served as barracks, and later as a hotel, and today it is split into four separate apartments. We live in the top left one, if you are facing the house.
I have tried researching this house as there are many historic houses in this old town, but I couldn't find anything in the library about it, which is quite unusual as I found just about every other house in Oxford there. I even found houses that aren't that old!
The closest I got was the next door neighbors, and I could see a portion of our front porch. I think something happened here or on the property, that Oxford wants to be kept secret. I know me and some sensitive friends of mine have the distinct feeling that there is a very large tree missing from the yard. It is the south, and I wonder if it was a hanging tree that could have been burned down during the race riots here.
We moved in Sept. 11, 2001. That in itself should have been a sign this is an extraordinary place. Considering the age of the place, I figured it would have its haunts.
It wasn't until well after we had settled in, I'd say the following spring, was the first evidence that there was something else living here. I was home alone, completely alone, as in nobody was in the whole building, and relaxing on the sofa in the living room reading. Suddenly I heard the sound of footsteps walking toward me in the hall. (The hall runs past all the bedrooms railroad style, and ends in the living room. The kitchen, laundry room, and back door is at the other end.) I sat up in preparation thinking my sweetie was off work early.
Then as they neared something struck me odd. I realized what I was hearing was the sound of men's dress shoes, or even boots on hard wood, and the hall is carpeted. The sound carried the whole way to the end, stopped and then turned around and went to the kitchen and stopped. I took a look and of course nobody was there, but I still heard it as I looked. That phenomenon happened a few times here and there and then ceased. And it would happen differently every time. Sometimes it would stop at the living room, sometimes it would stop halfway down the hall.
Something that happened recently involving that same hallway happened in August. It happened while my cat Muffin was still alive. I was once again laying on the couch reading, Jeff was behind me at his computer as usual. Suddenly, all three of my cats came tearing into the living room like their tails were on fire! They all three jumped to the back of the couch, where sometimes they would sleep in a line, and I laughed at them. I asked "What are you doing silly kitties?!" At the same time, all three of them looked into the hallway. I looked and I distinctly saw a shadow person. It was the upper left part of him, and he was reaching out to the wall as if to stop himself from running, and then he ducked back out of my view. My hair stood on end! Jeff went to the back of the house to check for me as I was a little freaked, and the back door was still locked.
Another phenomenon that happened after some now ex-friends moved out of the apartment across the hall, (they were bad tenants and friends) and a new set of friends moved in, Jamie and Robert. After they moved in, we would each have our doorbells ring at the same time, and sometimes separately, but no one was ever there. There was one time, that scared the crap out of me, the doorbell rang, and Jamie was there! I had opened the door expecting to see nobody, and there she was, asking if I had just banged on her door. Sometimes you expect the paranormal and it is the normal that ends up scaring ya'! This door activity would occur anywhere form midnight to three in the morning. There came a point when I just took my doorbell down because of the annoyance. But when I did that I would hear knocking at the same time every night.
One night, I was a little tipsy, and the knocking came, three times as usual. Well the verse in the bible about Jesus knocking three times came to mind, and I opened the door and said, "Come on in Jesus!" The knocking ceased for a month. Then it started again, but when it did I was sleeping. I ran to the door thinking it was my sister and there was something wrong, for some reason. As usual there was an empty hall. I yelled into the hall, "Stop it already! It isn't cute anymore!" I slammed the door shut. It hasn't again happened since.
After that, everyone who comes to visit mentions having a really bad feeling in the hall. One of my friends makes me escort her halfway down the stairs when she comes to visit me. I don't always get the feeling, but I do feel the tension sometimes.
A month or so later something wicked happened. I was headed out the door, I can't remember where I was going. I got a really bad feeling. I looked into the open door of my landlord's apartment, and thought the bad vibe had something to do with him. But in retrospect I think it was whatever is in that hall! As I was slowly going down the stairs, and holding onto the railing, looking into the apartment, I felt a hand shove me down the four remaining steps. It shoved me hard enough for me to lose my grasp on the railing! I uncontrollably stumbled to the bottom and my hand went through the window at the end of the steps. I got a nasty cut that needed stitches on the base of my hand onto my wrist. The cut is ironically in the shape of an S, and conveniently dodged a major vein and artery! It was deep enough to sever these!
I yelled at the spirit in the hall that if it ever pulled a stunt like that again I would have it exorcised so fast it would make its head spin! Nothing like that happened again, but sometimes going down those steps I feel like someone is behind me wanting to push me down! It is a really nasty feeling when you can feel that spirit. I don't blame anyone who would want an escort out of the building with that thing there!
I still live in this old apartment, and have had a couple other experiences in it, as well as in my friends' apartment across the hall. But I will post it later!
I hope you all enjoyed!