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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 09-27-2019


With Halloween just on the horizon, we thought we’d take a look at some of the scariest places to work in our area. And we’re not talking OSHA cited danger zones or the condition of your communal fridge; we’re also completely avoiding the scariest part of working in the DMV – commuting.

This is a list of 13 scary places you may want to consider avoiding…especially during the night shift:

National CapitolWe start at the top with the Capitol Building. In the Rotunda there is a worker who was killed during construction that is seen floating around and carrying a tray.

The Hay-Adams Hotel was built in 1927 on the site of Henry Adams’ mansion. The wife of the original mansion owner was found dead on the property. At night the scent of mimosa is in the air on the 8th floor and the housekeeping closet on the 6th floor will never stay locked despite repeated attempts by security.

The Marine Barracks at 8th & I Street. The lower parking garage is haunted by a child who was hit by a car. Marines – Marines, we say! – have seen a red ball rolling down the ramp and heard a child’s voice in the early morning hours.

The White House

There are many legends concerning the White House. One says a phantom black cat is seen in the basement during times of tragedy. It was reportedly spotted the night of JFK’s assassination, just before the stock market crash in 1929 and several other occasions.

Surratt Tavern in Clinton, MD is where John Wilkes Booth went after he shot President Lincoln. Footsteps and the sounds of glasses clinking and conversations have been reported.

There are many buildings at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where people have heard footsteps, there are areas of unusual cold and phantom joggers. One building might have been built over a Native American burial ground.

At night, guards have reported the sound of beating drums. One night a guard got a call on his radio to call the communications center. When they went in to make the call they heard the sound of someone typing on a keyboard.

The problem was – there was a keyboard in the office but no computer…and no typist was found.


At Georgetown University it is said a priest was fatally injured while fixing the gears of Healy Hall’s clock tower. Students have reported hearing distant footsteps while studying in the historical building in the wee hours of the morning…and it is even rumored a photography student once captured a photo of the apparition.

In Alexandria, VA Revolutionary War soldiers have been spotted at Brown’s House and young women in period clothing have been seen at Gatsby’s Tavern.

At the Fort Meyer’s Old Post Chapel soldiers have reported hearing footsteps, voices and doors opening and closing by themselves.

In Manassas, VA at the Old Town Inn, a ghost by the name of Miss Lucy haunts rooms 51 to 54.

At the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater in Woodbridge, VA furniture and place settings have been rearranged by…

We leave the rest to your imagination. If your workplace did not make this brief list you can breathe a sigh of relief…just don’t go into the basement alone.

Working Capital, Goodwill mission blog author
This article was written by: Steve Allen

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