Haunted Niagara Our Most Famous Ghosts
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is one of the most haunted places in the world. What follows is a brief list and descriptions for some of the more famous instances of paranormal activity.
The Olde Angel Inn
At 224 Regent street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you might never suspect to find one of the more obvious poltergeists in the entire peninsula, but that is indeed where the ghost of long-dead Captain Swayze haunts the wine cellar of the Olde Angel Inn.
A prisoner of war, butchered as he was found by invading American troops in 1813, the Captain’s ghost is thought to strongly and vigorously object to the Union Jack being taken down from its place above the front door of the Olde Angel Inn.
The Screaming Tunnel
It is said that once, long ago, a little girl’s house burned down in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She made it as far as the tunnel near Warner road before collapsing and dying of her injuries. The Legend of the Screaming Tunnel goes like this: if you light a match at night within the confines of the tunnel, the little girl’s ghost will blow it out and emit a terrifying scream.
The Haunting of the Stamford Centre
Shadows shift on moonless nights somewhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, as though something awful moves just beyond sight and plants footsteps somewhere just beyond the range of sound—close enough to touch you.
A man named Todd was said to have been slain, way back in history, on the spot of the Stamford Centre, which at that point was a crossroad. The legend claims he was stuck through with a stake and buried in a blessed coffin.
Today, the Stamford center is haunted by things which move only when no light shines.
The Doll’s House Gallery
There's few things more terrifying than a house full of just-past-inanimate dolls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Especially when something animate appears to be moving around the place.
The Doll’s House, built in 1835, was said to have housed a tunnel which received slaves escaping from the United States into Niagara Falls, Canada. In one unfortunate story, one of the younger female slaves drowned in a well deep below the Doll’s House, and now various statues animate by themselves while a woman carrying a bundle of lilacs occasionally manifests in the main stairwell.
It is also said that the smell of lilacs occasionally suffuses the premises for no apparent reason.
There are many stories about a bright blue orb of light which floats through the main arteries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is said to be the spirit of an old watchman (or sheriff, in today’s English) who patrolled the area before the war of 1812 and the sacking of Niagara-on-the-Lake by American forces.
Crime, on an unrelated note, is very rare in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
General Isaac Brock, the British military officer who had charge of defending forces during the War of 1812, made a commitment to return to and marry Lady Sophia Shaw, resident of what is now an elegant bed-and-breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake but what was once the region’s manor house.
The good general was killed on the battlefield, and never returned to make good on his promise to the Lady.
It is said that the Lady remains faithful to this day, and her echoes will forever wander the former manor house as Sobbing Sophia.
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