Walking With Ghosts — The Hauntings of Ida Moore




From my book Titling the Kilt” Vintage Stories of Carleton Place

In 1850 JP Moore originally built a log home on the land granted to his father, William Moore, one of the first settlers of the Carleton Place,Ontario area. As the story goes, Moore not only had a fine log home but also had a lovely daughter by the name of Ida. It has been told Ida was a rare beauty and she could rattle the ivory keys like no other, but sadly she died from consumption/TB at barely 20 years of age.

Ida had lived in her father’s house since 1880 and had plans like any young woman to raise a family and attend music school to become a teacher. Instead, her dreams of  having her future family remain in the house that sat right on the north end of Moore Street was cut short.

Apparently Ida’s funeral in 1900 was like no other, and people walked for miles to pay their respects to the beauty that died way too young. They buried young Ida in the family cemetery plot just outside of town, but generations from Carleton Place still ask the same question over and over.

Did Ida’s soul remain in her coffin or was she angry at dying so young she decided to scare the living daylights out of everyone and anyone who dared visit her former home.


photo-Shane Wm Edwards

After Ida passed, Moore House became a general store and no one wanted to be left alone for any period of time. It seems the ghost of Ida Moore liked to play lots of innocent tricks when people had their backs turned. Rumour was she especially enjoyed performing her haunted charms on the young men that dared to venture into her old home.
The strange stories began accumulating with sightings of moving objects, windows being opened and closed, and it seems one of her favourite past times was turning the radio on and off which probably reminded her of her piano-playing days. Was she being mischievous or perhaps trying to garner the fancy of what she thought might be a future suitor? It seems that Ida still thought she was alive, and the tricks she played on people carried on for years.


In 2006, the building was donated to the Town and moved to its permanent location on Bridge Street in the spring of 2007. Now you would think the building being moved might leave second thoughts with the ghost of Ida Moore. One wonders why she didn’t decide enough was enough, rest in peace, and venture to find the rest of her dearly departed family.


unnamed (45).jpgPhoto from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


No, Ida insisted on carrying on her coquettish ways, and the tales persisted of her spirit pacing Moore House from one end of the second floor to the other. Volunteers working at the historical home have said noises of someone walking up and down the stairs are sometimes so loud it stops them from their appointed tasks.

No one is sure if Ida is the one exploding the decorative lights that are set up at Halloween and Christmas or involved with anything else that goes bump in the night. I firmly believe like everyone else, that Moore House is still being watched by the ghost of Ida Moore and two weeks ago my thoughts were confirmed.



Black and white photo by Linda Seccaspina


In the space of 60 seconds I took 5 photos and when I loaded them up on my computer I noticed a small orb in one picture. Was it Ida? Was she trying to pose for a picture?  Maybe some do not believe in the ghost of Ida Moore during daylight hours, but at night I think we should all be a little more open-minded.

Ooh let me have it, let me grab your soul away
Ooh let me have it, let me grab your soul away
You know it’s me.... Kate Bush

Moore House

Address: 170 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, Ontario

Last black and white photo by Linda Seccaspina

Other images courtesy of the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum

Email Us: cpbheritagemuseum@bellnet.ca
Call us at (613)253-7013
267 Edmund Street, Carleton Place ON
K7C 3E8

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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