Reader Submission: Haunted in Virginia

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“In 2001, my family moved to Roanoke, VA, into an old house built back in the late 1920s. It’s located on Roundhill Avenue and is still there today. I was about 13 then, and for five years something in the home haunted us.

It started with strange smells in the living room, as if someone was smoking a pipe there. Now, my Grandpa smoked a pipe, but he hadn’t smoked in several years, plus he lived in Florida. We also heard footsteps upstairs during the day when everyone was downstairs, including the animals. This happened quite a few times over five years. One night I saw a man in period clothing standing in the dining room with a PIPE in his hand.

The spookiest thing happened when I was alone in my bedroom. Most nights I couldn’t sleep for feelings of being watched. One morning I woke up and heard someone say ‘goodbye.’  At first, I thought the voice was just in my head as I had just woken up. So I waited a few minutes, and it happened again! By this time the room felt very heavy. After hearing the voice a third time, I bolted out the door so fast it was like a horse going down the stairs. For the rest of the day, my room was very cold.

The last encounter that I can recall was in my brother’s room. We both couldn’t sleep so we stayed up talking. At some time during the night we began to hear music. I told my brother that it was the radio in the basement and that my parents had most likely left it on again. So he went down and after a few minutes he came back telling me there was nothing on down there. We listened again and after a bit we both came to conclusion that the music sounded like an old phonograph. The both of us were freaked out! To this day I STILL think that house is haunted.”

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