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The Limerick Forest Dolls –Low Tide at the Cabbage Patch??


AMayesZing Photography

⚠️⛔ Do Not Tresspass ⛔⚠️

The neighbors are not welcoming to visitors of the dolls. There are trail cams up to catch tresspassers. It can get very wet, marshy and flooded during rainy seasons. Local legend says the old man that owned the property did it to scare away neighbors.The property owner has made it pretty clear. Respect the boundaries. Don’t be an asshole.

Linda says: the story I heard is that people were moving into that area(development) Apparently they didnt want neighbours. I’m not sure how true it is but that’s the story. Quite the anti development protes

Some say… the tourist believed to be haunted by the ghost of a drowned girl and according to local legend the dolls have been heard whispering to one another, moving their head and even opening their eyes.
Some say…in 1951 they nailed the dolls on to the tress to either scare people or neighbours off they’re property .. some say… it’s a doll’s cemetery… 📸🌿🖤 Melanie Ethier Eric Crevier photo

North Grenville Arts Guild

An interesting installation art display of swamp dolls can be found just outside Spencerville, Ontario. The installation was created by Liz Woods of Swamp Doll Studio. Here are a few photos of some fun sketches done recently by some of our members.

Spencerville Ontario????

The original part of Limerick Forest, Limerick South, was settled in the late 1840s by Irish immigrants. However, much of the sandy soils laced by marsh and limestone outcrops proved unsuitable for agriculture. Between 1900 and 1930, many families abandoned their land.

Ed Shutler

In the 1950’s I helped to plant Limerick Forest and over the years have done a lot of hiking and hunting in it. Years ago I found an over-grown cemetery but have never been able to locate it again. There are many stone and split rail fences there as well to show that the land had been worked at one time, but long since abandoned

The Weekly Advance
Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
29 Apr 1909, Thu  •  Page 1


Mystery over horrifying collection of creepy baby dolls found nailed to trees in forest

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos

Who Were These Live Living Dolls From Carleton Place?

eBay Bans Love Potions, Magic Spells and Curses – Haunted Dolls Okay!

The Story Behind the World’s Most Terrifying Haunted Doll

The Curse of the Old Royal Bank Building in Spencerville


The Legends Behind the Artifacts of ‘Annabelle Comes Home’

The son-in-law of late ‘Conjuring’ demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren goes through the history of ‘Annabelle Comes Home’.

Sorry, The Warren’s Occult Museum is permanently closed.

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS ED AND LORRAINE Warren operated for decades as the preeminent voices in the believer community, and their strange career of ghost-hunting and demon-busting is on display in their very own Occult Museum. 

Open since 1952, when the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the ever-expanding collection of knick-knacks and artifacts that had been touched by evil is kept in the basement of their own home. When they weren’t delving into high profile cases of demonic mischief as the Amityville haunting (the murderer who claimed demonic possession as his defense) and the exorcism of the witch Bathsheba (a case which was most recently portrayed in the film, “The Conjuring,” which also featured a version of the museum), the Warrens were popular lecturers in their day. Throughout these cases, the Warrens collected trinkets and totems they claim were defiled by evil, locking them in the museum to keep them safe from the public.

The eccentric collection contains everything from an alleged vampire’s coffin to a child’s tombstone used as a satanic altar. Death curses, demon masks, and psychic photographs line the museum’s walls accented by a Halloween store’s bounty of plastic props (assumedly for mood). 

However, the most prevalent item seems to be the cursed Raggedy Ann doll by the name of Annabelle, which was said to have killed a man. Annabelle sits in her glass case, backlit by a haunting red light. 

Looking at the Warrens’ collection, one might begin to think that Hell has a thing for dolls.  

Unfortunately, Ed Warren passed away in 2006, but Lorraine Warren and their son still attend the museum. Whether or not one believes in the paranormal, the Warrens’ Occult Museum may be one of the preeminent chronicles of modern culture’s obsession with the supernatural. Of course, it could also be just a spooky collection of stuff in an older woman’s basement. 

Update March 2018: The museum is currently closed while looking for a new location due to zoning issues.

Update June 2019: Lorraine Warren died April 18, 2019, and the museum has closed.

Stories of a Talking Trudy Doll ..

Stories of a Talking Trudy Doll ..
1954 Almonte Gazette
1954 Christmas Linda Knight Seccaspina– at Grammy Knight’s home on South Street in Cowansville, Quebec.

I don’t have many photos from my childhood, but this photo above is a favourite of mine. I have often wondered what this doll was as I have never come across it in my research journeys until last week. There it was, staring at me from the 1954 pages of the Almonte Gazette. I remember my doll talking, but it wasn’t 24 inches long so I assume it was a fake Trudy doll bought at the local 5 and 10 “The Ritz Store” situated on the Main street in Cowansville, Quebec.

My people didn’t travel much, so my beloved doll was a knock off, just like the knock off purse I got myself last week. But, my friend Stacey says we shouldn’t call anything fake anymore— you call it “designer inspired” as it’s all about the verbiage. Sovthe Trudy doll I had was “designer inspired” LOLOLOL.

This doll meant a lot to me as my mother was in the hospital a lot so she was a constant friend. I even used her on my book about cancer, because I never forgot her.

Trudy is long gone, so when I tried to find about the doll I found out that one of the Trudy dolls became haunted. This is nothing new to me– seriously…. read-The Spirits Are Alive and Well

On one of my excursions, we headed to a well known haunted area of the Maine coast called Wiscasset. Naturally when I saw a lawn sale at a run down house directly next door an old run down cemetary I had to stop. The toys were being ‘sold’ by the girl in the family who was maybe 7. She had all her items displayed on a blanket and was sitting with them. I thought it was strange that she had a doll in a box it didnt go in so I decided to ask this girl about it! I asked how much she wanted for the doll, and asked her if that was her original box, knowing it wasnt.

She looked at me point blank and said: “No, I put her in the box to keep her still at night”. I said, “Well did it work”? She said, “Not until I put the tape on it”. I have left this this taped up and have never opened the box.I could tell this girl was dealing with something supernatural in her life. She felt that whatever entity was in this doll had been contained to the box. There is immediately something scarey or strange about this doll in the box. The box was made of tin & plastic and I did not buy it.

I later saw a similar crazy doll on EBay (in a box) sell for $500.

Double, double, toil and trouble; no more Love Potion Number 9’s but we can still buy these silly dolls. I wonder if the sales of “Jesus or Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich” will now have restrictions? Cheesus Christ!

Well at least each eBay sale is protected through PayPal;  but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been scammed by a Craigslist soul. Sadly these people that once bought these new prohibited items are now going to have to settle for an out-of-eBay experience. I used to think these things were scary– I realized real people are LOLOL

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos

Hocus Pocus —Untangling The Sutherland Sisters

Did You Know About Frozen Charlotte?

Did You Know About Frozen Charlotte?

It is the late 19th century and you are a child. You have faced many hardships in your young life. The American Civil War is still a fresh in the minds of your family members, you yourself may need to work in order to help supply your family with food and clothing, and perhaps you have already had to attend the funerals of some siblings. This is, of course, if you have a family at all. But you do have a family, and today is a day of celebration. A birthday perhaps, or maybe Christmas, and your home is bustling with activity, voices, and delectable food in honor of the occasion. The time has come for dessert and you eagerly take your piece before cutting into it. Smelling the warm sugar you look down and discover something sticking out of your food. A face. A small dead white face attached to a small white naked body staring blankly at you. You exclaim not out of horror, but out of happiness. You found it! How lucky! You are congratulated and reminded about the importance of listening to your parents, you don’t want to end up dead do you? The message is serious but at the moment you are simply happy being the winner of a new Frozen Charlotte doll.


Before 1860 the story of poor Charlotte was being carried all over the country thanks to folk singer William Lorenzo Carter. A blind poet and musician from Vermont, Carter took the original words written by Smith and set them to music creating a cautionary folk ballad that quickly spread throughout the United States and Canada. The song eventually became very well-known but the story of the frozen girl in the sleigh erupted all over 19th century America and England thanks to its attachment to the tiny porcelain children that became known as “Frozen Charlottes”. 

The origin of the figures began innocently enough in Germany where they were manufactured to be bath toys for young children. However, it was in the United States and England where the small figures became intertwined with the story of the poor frozen girl and became highly desired object by both children and their parents. Burnside’s Fort

The Haunting History of ‘Frozen Charlotte’ Dolls

They were baked into cakes and dropped into baths.

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

eBay Bans Love Potions, Magic Spells and Curses – Haunted Dolls Okay!

Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos

Who Were These Live Living Dolls From Carleton Place?

My Barbra Ann Scott Doll –Noreen Tyers

Who Remembers the Penny Brite Doll?

Who Remembers the Penny Brite Doll?


For years I always thought I owned a Debby Doll when I was a child. Today I realized she was no Debby she was a Penny- a Penny Brite doll. Penny was 8 inches tall , manufactured by Deluxe Reading (Topper Toys) in the early 1960’s.





Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 17 Nov 1964, Tue,
  3. Page 25






The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899


June 2, 1899

Queen Victoria was born May 24th, 1819, in Kensington Palace and lived there when the news was brought to her, in the night, that she was Queen of England. She was then eighteen years old. The week of her eightieth birthday she visited this palace and found that all the rooms had all been arranged just as they were when she was a little girl. Great care had been exercised to have her toys and playroom just as she remembered them.


Queen Victoria’s Doll House from 19th century.

Queen Victoria had, as a little-girl, a wonderful collection of dolls. These had been most carefully put in order and arranged in care. Her doll house had been put on a table in the centre of the room. This playroom and its contents will be exhibited for a short time.


No doubt many little girls will be greatly disappointed who visit this collection. They will expect that the dolls belonging to a great Queen will be magnificent. No doubt there are many little girls today who are not at all rich who have much more beautiful dolls than the Queen ever dreamed of when she’was a little girl.

She never owned, as a little girl, a walking or a talking doll. Her collection is valuable because the dolls are from every known country, and each is in national dress. No doubt, in her little girl heart, she had her pet dolls, the one she loved most of all and it is quite possible that, like many little girls of today the doll she loved best was the one that had met with some misfortune.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 26 May 1934, Sat, Page 21


I read it in the Almonte Gazette June 2 1899

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.

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


Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos

eBay Bans Love Potions, Magic Spells and Curses – Haunted Dolls Okay!

FACT – The Queen is Not Affiliated with Freddie Mercury