Sobbing Sophia Haunted Niagara-on-the-Lake
The War of 1812 is the catalyst for many a ghost story, making Niagara-on-the-Lake the most haunted town in Canada. Visitors from all over the world trek all over Niagara visiting each haunted attraction. Here's the famous story of a Niagara-on-the-Lake ghostly phenomenon known affectionately by the locals as 'Sobbing Sophia'.
The famous General Isaac Brock and Lady Sophia Shaw fell in love the minute they first met. However, their love affair had to be kept secret as Sophia’s parents did not approve of the courtship. Sophia’s father did not approve of Brock even though he was an important man in Upper Canada because he wasn’t born of nobility and he didn’t come from money. Undaunted and completely devoted to one another they continued to see one another and planned to wed.
Sophia’s father was against it, because even though Brock was the most important many in Upper Canada, he wasn’t born of nobility. He didn’t come from money and couldn’t afford the best for his beloved daughter. Because of this, Aeneas denied permission for Isaac to marry his daughter, something that wouldn’t deter the loving couple.
On October 13th, 1812, the sounds of cannon fire came from Queenston Heights where American soldiers had invaded what was known then as Upper Canada. Isaac Brock jumped on his horse, stopping briefly to say good-by to Sophia. It was the last time she would see him alive.
A skilled American Marksman stepped forward unseen from the bushes 50 yards away and shot Sir Isaac Brock in the chest ending his life. His men retrieved the body, stained with blood across his bright red coat and sash given to him by famous native rebel Tecumseh.
Sophia never married nor did the people in town see Sophia again for those few final years. Instead they would hear her cries from the second floor of her home. This is how she came to be known as ‘Sobbing Sophia’, and a few years later of broken heart. The sobs did not cease and reports continue of woman crying along Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake at night, or haunting her old home which is now a B&B named Brockamour Manor.
Commemorative tours of the Battle of Queenston heights have become a favourite attraction for history buffs and are held in October from 10am to 5pm where visitors can see the battle site and climb the stairs up to Brock’s monument, minutes from Niagara Falls.
Cheers, Abraham Mortimer, curator of Nightmares.
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