Sarah Marselles the Spirit of the Town Hall Square Park







Long before the Town Hall was built, a servant girl at the Leland Hotel, Sarah Marselles, was killed in October of 1873. The old Leland Hotel once was a theme of pretense, but adds a wrinkle of its own – a once false window on the third floor with only empty sky behind. What secrets did this hotel keep?

While attempting to retrieve wood for the stove from a wood box, Sarah inadvertently bumped a loaded rifle which discharged, killing her instantly. Some say her female shadow wanders the Town Hall park at night

There are those that have seen her wearing a white Victorian-style dress from time to time. This ghost is purportedly inclined to throw objects and sing lullabies in the night.

Sometimes you are greeted by a faint, sweet “hello”. Every once in a while, Sarah’s fragrance- a pleasant aroma of lavender and roses- lingers and you can smell it in the air on Mill Street.

Sarah sometimes reveals her presence by literally appearing to  some and usually, her apparition is only visible from the shoulders up. More rarely, her entire body materializes in vivid detail and witnesses typically describe Sarah as a beautiful young woman with long brown hair, usually dressed in white.

Have you seen her?



Jules “Julie” Pilon of the Leland Hotel– Weather Man

Leo Doyle of the Leland Hotel in Carleton Place –Calling All Doyles

The Leland and Rathwell Hotels on Bridge Street

When was the First Car Fatality in Carleton Place?



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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