The Attic Ghost of William Street?

The Attic Ghost of William Street?


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There seems to be a lot of ghosts in rural towns that were once past old settlements.  I get asked all the time if I know about certain ghosts in various homes in Lanark County. True hauntings are rare occurrences, and it can be difficult to determine whether or not any strange activities in your home are due to a haunting.

For one thing, theories on what ghosts are and what a “real” haunting is—what causes it or why it starts—vary wildly. I have had quite few unexplained things happen in my home, and a lot of sightings of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of my eye. Those are called Shadow People and many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller like at the home on Lake Avenue East.

Janice Lynch emailed me asking if I knew about a William Street ghost:

Apparently there is an old story that is going around from friends of mine that a house across from the park on William Street is haunted by a little girl who died in the house and is now living  in the attic.  Friends of mine used to live in the house and told her about it–had I heard anything about it?”


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Well, William Street, as I recall, had its list of tragedies, perhaps, more so than any other street in Carleton Place. One child, Cecil Cummings, fell to his death at the end of William Street, and then someone from the Glover family was also killed that lived around that same street.

A young Glover child was crushed under a lumber yard wagon and fatally injured while sliding down an incline on William Street in front of his home. His lifeless body was brought into the house where he died within minutes. It is said he still shares the home where he died spiritually, and noises have always been heard upstairs where some rooms feel colder than others. A large mirror in one of the bedrooms was placed strategically for a view of the hall that is full of noises at night, but no apparitions have been seen, just shadows and noises.

So is this the same home that Janice inquired about? Is it really a boy and not a girl? The truth is, it is very difficult to see spirits or ghosts. Even most people who have been ghost investigators their entire lives have never directly seen or experienced a ghost. There are psychics and mediums who claim to be able to see and make contact with those from the other side. If they indeed have this remarkable ability — and they might — it seems to be a gift that they have had all their lives. I had a medium come to my house on a house tour a few  years ago and she clasped my hands and said to me:

“The spirits are alive and well in your home.”

It was nothing I did not know having encountered shenanigans the first day we move in in 1981. We all wonder about death and the beyond, and we will never understand if ghosts do really exist. But, ghost stories are speculations, what I would call little experiments in death- but in reality all we have is now.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



The Spirits Are Alive and Well

The Shadow People of Lake Ave East

The Very Sad Tale of Cecil Cummings of Carleton Place

The Continuing Curse of William Street in Carleton Place


Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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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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