Haunted Niagara: Fort George
It’s no secret that Nightmares Fear Factory is one of the most haunted places in Niagara, Canada. With screams echoing from the walls, and the terrifying legend of Abraham Mortimer it is no wonder why over 130,000 visitors have chickened out.
The good news for fans of fear, is that there are plenty of haunted places in Niagara that will add some terror into your vacation.
Most Haunted Place In Niagara: Fort George
One of these, guaranteed to be scary destinations is Fort George located in Canada’s Most Haunted Town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.
The History Of Fort George
Fort George was built between 1796 and 1802, as a response to the Jay’s Treaty which required Britain to withdraw from Fort Niagara. After the fort’s completion, it became the headquarters for the British Army and the local Militia.
Once the War of 1812 broke out, Fort George played an essential role in the defence of Upper Canada. The most pivotal part of the fort’s history being the Battle of Fort George.
The Battle of Fort George started on the morning of May 25, 1813, and consisted of two days of devastating artillery bombardment from the Americans. On May 27, 1813 the Americans crossed the Niagara River, and successfully captured the Town of Niagara and Fort George.
The Americans held onto the town, and Fort George for nearly seven months, but failed in maintaining a strategic foothold in Upper Canada after being defeated in Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams.
Fearing a British attack, the US Forces stationed at Fort George were ordered to retreat across the Niagara River on December 10, 1813. But before they did, orders were given to burn the Town of Niagara to the ground.
Over 130 homes were torched, leaving some 400 townspeople without shelter just before the onset of a harsh Canadian winter. Not surprisingly, many townspeople and soldiers perished from the conditions.
However, the British managed to reclaimed Fort George and Niagara for the remainder of the war.
Haunted Fort George
After such a large, and gruesome battle took place it is not surprising that Fort George is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Niagara.
Many of the ghosts are recurring, and have surprised visitors and staff members alike.
The most common sighting is known as “The Women In the Mirror.” She is said to be a young women with long, curly hair dressed in 19 century clothing who haunts the officers’ quarters. Just who she is, or why she haunts the fort is unknown, but her presence has become legendary.
Another common sight, is two men dressed in red uniforms in the officers’ quarters, as well as soldiers lying on the bunks in the barracks dressed in all white.
The ghost looked most fondly upon by staff is one that they have nicknamed “Irving.”
Irving makes his home on the upper level of the barracks, an area which is out of limits to visitors. Occasionally, footsteps can be heard by staff, and they will make their way upstairs to usher out an unwelcomed tourist. More often than not, Irving is the cause of the footsteps, and will quickly disappear from sight.
Fort George Ghost Tours
With hundreds of sightings and stories to be told, Fort George wants visitors to experience the paranormal activity for themselves.
During the summer months, Fort George offers candlelit ghost walks that tell the stories of past paranormal encounters, and allow you to possibly experience your own.
Fort George Ghost Tour Schedule 2015
May and June - Sundays 8:30 pm
July and August - Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 pm
September - Sundays 7:30 pm
October - See Halloween Schedule
Nightmares Fear Factory
Fort George gives their guests a spooky and mysterious experience they won’t soon forget, but chances are, you won’t be screaming in terror from what you encounter there.
So, if blood-curdling screaming and running from fear is what you have in mind, Nightmares Fear Factory is the place for you.
Known as one of the most haunted places in Niagara Falls, Nightmares Fear Factory is the perfect place to add a little horror into your vacation.
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