Possessed by Demons…or Just Another One of THOSE Stories..

Possessed by Demons…or Just Another One of THOSE Stories..


Photo by Linda Seccaspina- Former barn on High Street


The barn look haunted I thought to myself. I looked up from the overgrown grass growing around the barn and noticed the structure looked gaunt and lonely. It was missing windows, and the one small window left at the top of the barn looked like a haggard eye closed in death. It had been long neglected, and the ragged bushes and local gossip was that it was haunted. But, isn’t every old structure haunted with memories of once was?

I remembered another small barn near where I once lived that had been built for a woman that was said to be taunted by a ghost of evil, revenge and a bitter heart. She had considerable wealth and chose to flaunt it and ended up dying alone in the very shadow of that haunted barn. From the first stone that was laid in hatred for the foundation of the barn you could not speak of anyone or anything with appreciation without calling thunder clouds to the woman’s brow. Infiltrated by demons, there was something forced about her smile and even her dog looked like it had the blues.

She used to sit in her bedroom window at night staring out at the barn and was said to have seen apparitions. But, then again she wasn’t sure if they were real because even she knew there is a thin line against imagination and reality.

When she died some said she had been possessed by a woman who had been murdered when her home was built. This woman had been done away with before she had moved into the house and fragments of her had been cemented into the foundation of the barn.

After she died the people that entered the house found out there was nothing frightening about the home. To their disappointment there was only silken curtains spun by successive generations of spiders waved across the windows when the door opened to admit the autumn air.

The barn was no different, and the mystery of the odd woman remain unsolved much to the chagrin of the gossipers of the town. No clue was ever found to who was murdered, and the next person that bought the house and the barn decided to pull it down and not one stone was left of the ill-omened place with its evil entities and unsolved murder mystery. After all, who knows what they would have found because everyone knows: old barns tell the best stories.


100_8154Photo by Linda Seccaspina- Former barn on High Street



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.



So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?

Ramsay Barn Fire-Why Were the Tracks on Fire?

He Fired the Barn! The Orphans of Carleton Place

Strange Coincidences– The Duncan Fire

The Bush Fires of Darling Township

Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

Let’s Raise a Barn



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–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

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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