As more and more companies recognize the benefits of deploying a distributed workforce, remote workers continue to rise in numbers. But with that freedom comes great responsibility. No, we’re not talking about blowing off work for a few hours to go surfing or watch a game (that would be beyond irresponsible), we’re talking about finding a place that will allow you to maximize your productivity.
Some remote workers prefer the sanctity of their own home, while others like to post up at a local coffee shop. There are a lot of safe options, but with tomorrow being Halloween, we think now is a good time to highlight a few that aren’t. Hey, just because your Wi-Fi hotspot is fully charged, that doesn’t mean you should head over to that nice, secluded cabin at Camp Crystal Lake for a few days.
We think it goes without saying that you should avoid abandoned asylums and prisons, but here are a few other spots to stay away from.
- Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana
Back in 1936, a maintenance worker at the Willard Library quit his job, citing several frightening encounters with a spectral lady in gray. Since then, staff members and visitors alike have encountered the veiled lady in various places around the building, including the Children’s Room in the basement. Others who haven’t seen her have reported cold spots and the phantom smell of perfume. Whoever she is, it is speculated that she dates back to around the time of the library’s opening, in 1881.
- The Star Café, Fort Worth, Texas
It’s rumored that every building in the Stockyards of Fort Worth is haunted, but none is quite as haunted as Miss Molly's Bed and Breakfast, which houses the Star Café on its first floor. Considered by most to be one of the most haunted places in Texas, the hotel was built in 1910 and has gone through several different transformations. It has been everything from a speakeasy to a bordello, and the building is said to house a range of apparitions, including that of a young girl of 8 or 9 years old who appears to the owners in their private rooms. Paranormal activity doesn’t end there – guests of the hotel and café have reported unexplained shadows and cold spots, faint aromas of perfume or toilet water in the hallways, and the mysterious movement of their belongings, which appear again in odd places. Toilets have been known to flush themselves, lights turn on and off and unlocked doors won’t open, as if being held closed by some unknown force. Creepy!
- The Peoria Public Library, Peoria, IL
According to legend, the Peoria Public Library is built on cursed ground and occupied by up to a dozen different ghosts. After it was built, the first three library directors all died under strange circumstances, and over the years employees have reported plenty of strange happenings like hearing their names being called while alone in the stacks and feeling cold drafts. Some have even claimed they’ve seen the face of a former library director in the basement doorway.
- Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, LA
A former Confederate hospital, guests at New Orleans’ Hotel Provincial have reported sightings of Civil War-era surgeons and soldiers, sometimes reaching to them for help, as well as blood stains that appear and disappear on the bedding in their rooms. Moans and groans have been heard through the corridors of its five buildings (FYI, building #5 is considered the most haunted). Even for New Orleans – a city widely considered the most haunted in America – that’s a bit more than most guests are prepared to handle.
- The Red Onion Saloon, Skagway, Alaska
Like so many other haunted buildings, the Red Onion Saloon began as a brothel. The first floor has always been a saloon, and there is now a hotel on the second floor above, where male guests frequently report encounters with a hostile spirit. A spooked employee who had been working alone in the building once called the police. When they arrived, they heard running feet and pounding coming from above, and upon going upstairs to investigate, they saw a shadow run down the hall and slip in a bedroom. Cold spots and the lingering scent of perfume have also been reported. But others have reported that the spectral presence appears to be helpful – she has been known to water the plants from time to time.
Where is the spookiest place you’ve ever worked? Harrowing tales about your Wi-Fi suddenly cutting out don’t count. Leave us your best ghost story in the comments!