It's finally October, so it's time for some good ghost stories. I never really believed in ghosts until I started the bookstore here at The Mill, and I still do not completely believe in them, but there have been too many strange occurrences here for me to just be coincidence.
We have strange things happen in The Mill all the time. Lights flicker, there are strange creaks and noises at all hours, and it's normal to have odd cold spots. Most of these can just be chalked up to the building being over a hundred years old. It's a drafty building, built before things like air conditioning and building codes were a thing. But it was also a major industrial building during the 1900s, during a time when "safety first" wasn't exactly a thing.
My first unexplained encounter happened last year, when I was first setting up the bookstore. I worked late one night, assembling the metal and wood shelves along the wall . I took this picture that night:
Around 3 o'clock that morning, I heard the unmistakable sound of footsteps coming toward me. At first I thought that someone was walking on the roof, but then I realized that the sound was coming from the floorboards in my space. The "footsteps" continued past me and stopped at the window.
At this point, I decided that I had worked enough for the day.
It's easy to pass this one off as an explainable occurrence. It was late, I was tired, and old buildings creak and pop with temperature changes. But I was in that upstairs space for months, and I heard the building creak many times. It never sounded like footsteps.
After a few months, events like this became fairly common. And since October is the perfect month for ghost stories, I will post some more blog entries about the spooky things i have seen here in my time at the Mill.