Howls in the Night in Carleton Place — Our Haunted Heritage


Nomadic native Indians used to hunt, trap and fish at some of their favoured sites in the neighbourhood among the early settlers of Carleton Place. Later generations of Indians camped nearby from time to time as sellers of their furs or handicraft products.

The nightly howling of wolves or of an occasional prowling lynx could be heard at times near farm clearings or at the village borders, providing a disturbing serenade for timid persons and owners of unprotected young livestock. Some have said they still hear howlings coming from somewhere called “the dead grounds” near the St. James Cemetery.


One summer night in the 60s two young Carleton Place boys took their flashlights and went down to the woods that circle the St. James cemetery. Suddenly they began to hear a distant howling and saw a wolf standing on a rock looking at them with yellow eyes that actually looked like flashlights themselves. It kept staring at them for long time and they both stood there unable to move. Finally they pointed the light right at it and it disappeared, but they heard the howling once again.
At that point in time they decided it was time to go home. When they were walking back they looked behind them and saw the same wolf standing on the same rock looking right at them. Back at their Grandmother’s farm house one of the boys asked his grandmother if there are any wolves around there. She told him that she never saw any wolf there, but she had heard many stories about a wolf who kept coming around the area. One of the farmers had caught a wolf trying to eat one of the horses, so he chased him down to the woods and shot him there. Was the wolf reliving his past, or was he now a guardian over the wooded area of St. James cemetery?

One of the monument installers came one day to do a job at the cemetery and he saw a dog run past him and stop dead in his tracks near the woods. The dog backed up and attempted his journey again. Once again he stopped, and his ears went up. No wanting to see what he was seeing again the dog quickly turned around and went in the other direction. The man said he had never ever seen anything like that in his life, and it shook his soul  Was it the wolf protecting the children of the cemetery as their personal guardian?

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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