The old residents of Manotick village and those living in the district to the south of the village will recall the stir there was in 1895 when the schoolmaster broadcast a report that his house was haunted. The schoolmaster, it appears. hadn’t seen any ghosts or evil spirits but he had heard strange sounds coming from the upper portion of his home.
The noises worked so on his mind and nerves that he decided to stage a “ghost laying” bee. He invited a number of the inhabitants to spend the night and help him solve the mystery. It so happened that the “guests” included two noted village drunkards. When they arrived they were so “well on their way” so much so that they just didn’t care what happened. The strange noises were still coming from the direction of the roof. So without further ado the brave ones mounted a ladder and clambered up on the roof. And what they found was the branches of a tree scraping against the roof. One ghost story down and more to come I am sure.
- The Ottawa Citizen,
- 09 Mar 1935, Sat,
- Page 28
What feelings would I have in a ‘haunted’ property?
- Feelings of being watched or spied on.
- Feelings of someone standing close behind you.
- Feelings of being touched by unseen hands.
- Feelings of the hair on back of your neck standing up.
- Feelings of cobwebs on your face or body.
- Feeling a cold breeze as if someone has walked past you.
- Dark depressing feeling, especially in one particular location.
What are the signs that a building is haunted?
- Lights turning on and off, or up and down, on their own.
- Light bulbs blowing frequently.
- Sounds of items being dropped – but when you go to investigate, there is nothing there.
- Seeing unexplained shadows from the corner of your eye.
- Strange behaviour from pets in the property: e.g. dogs barking or growling at something you cannot see, cats staring in a particular area as if they can see someone.
- Hearing voices of people, whispers, or someone calling your name.
- Seeing twinkling lights, mists or unexplained moving shapes.
- Sudden temperature drops, especially in one area of the property.
where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.
The Orbs in Your Photos in a Haunted Setting
The Spirits Are Alive and Well
The Shadow People of Lake Ave East
The Jinxed House of Crown Point
The Continuing Curse of William Street in Carleton Place
More About the Eccentric Stafford Family in Almonte
The Secret of the Widow’s House