They say that the old Mill of Kintail next to the Indian River is haunted. Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie, one of Canada’s best known doctors and artists, purchased the Baird property and converted the old mill into a summer home for himself and his wife Ethel in 1932. The mill had been abandoned for 100 years when Dr. McKenzie came back in 1930 to visit friends and family where he was born in Ramsay Township.
If you think you are alone in the mill when you visit the art exhibits and the Naismith Museum you would be wrong. It is said that the ghost of his wife Ethel McKenzie has been spotted several times within the mill. Her spirit became disturbed when her old bedroom closet and washroom were renovated and turned into a studio for local area artists. Paranormal activity will suddenly appear when someone starts renovations on anything. Home renovations could awaken a ghost that has been dormant for years; in many cases the ghost will be that of a former owner who doesn’t want changes made to what they perceive to be their home. In other cases, the ghost will become very excited because the home is being taken care of.
Mill of Kintail– Linda Seccaspina
A renovation ghost that is unhappy with the work being done may hide and/or move tools and building supplies, knock over ladders, try to scare the workmen to prevent them from doing the work, etc. A ghost that is happy the work is being done may also move tools and supplies, and mistakenly scare the workers. Or, alternatively, they may try to help in some way with the renovations.
In some cases the renovation ghost may not bother the work site at all, but show its pleasure or displeasure in other ways by causing paranormal activity in another part of the house or building. They could be doing this to try to get your attention in order to express their feelings about the renovations.
It seems that there is double trouble at the Mill of Kintail as the surgeon sculptor Tait McKenzie is said to also return at night to guard his old domain. Many times previous owners will come back to the home after death. Normally when this happens a lot of paranormal activity will occur in a building. The ghost could be confused and, in some cases, frustrated because strangers are living in “their” home. This type of ghost may have come back to the house because that’s where they were the happiest– like the Tait McKenzies.
Pack a lunch and explore the mill and the area and fall in love with it all like they did–you will not regret it.
Mill of Kintail Conservation Area– click here
Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie Click here
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 07 Aug 1973, Tue, Page 61
The Mill of Kintail’s first visitor Robyn Reid to the Mill of Kintail on the 1977 opening day 1st of May
Photo Carleton Place Canadian files from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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 andScreamin’ Mamas (US
I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.
The Mill of Kintail–Running With Scissors From Bears – Again
The Seven Wonders of Lanark County