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Haunted history: Take a ghost tour around southwestern Nova Scotia

Fog rolls in over a field, creating a spooky scene.
Fog rolls in over a field, creating a spooky scene.

Southwest Nova Scotia has a rich oral history, and part of that is the handing down of ghost stories.

This folklore has been passed through generations. Join us this week for a series of stories that look through our spooky past and take a ghost tour through our corner of Nova Scotia.

The photograph that started the urban legend of Myrtle the ghost in Clark’s Harbour hangs in the Seaside Heritage Centre. While it is a reproduction of the original, the little girl in the centre doesn’t cast a shadow in that one either.

 

First stop, Clark’s Harbour, where we’re reminded to be careful what we wish for. Meet Myrtle.

http://www.thecoastguard.ca/living/2017/7/17/_be-careful-what-you-wish-for--legend-of-a-clarks-harbour-ghost-.html

Long-time New Minas resident Glenda Bishop looks out to Commercial Street, where she saw a forerunner prior to her father’s death in 1975.

 

Forerunners: A spooky indication of something to come. Glenda Bishop had an encounter in the middle of the night that signaled the death of a loved one. Our next stop on our ghost tour through Southwest Nova Scotia takes us to New Minas.

http://www.kingscountynews.ca/living/2017/7/18/a-warning-sign--new-minas-woman-sees-forerunner-just-as-father-p.html

Tim MacKinnon has been a gravedigger at Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery for 22 years. One of his strangest episodes on the property involved a black cat. MacKinnon builds Halloween props in his spare time, including the comfortable coffin he’s sitting on.

 

They say animals have a sixth sense, and black cats especially have been tied to otherworldly events for centuries. Read about this Yarmouth gravedigger’s encounter with one black cat that just wouldn’t go away in our third stop on our ghost tour.

http://www.thevanguard.ca/living/2017/7/19/when-a-black-cat-crosses-your-path--yarmouth-gravedigger-shares-.html

Andrew 'Tobe' Mounce received a golden pool cue from the Windsor Fire Department after serving 50 years with the department — and being a top snooker player.

 

We all know firefighters are dedicated to their jobs. Perhaps this one was a little too dedicated? Read about a haunted fire hall in Windsor in our fourth stop on our virtual ghost tour around Southwest Nova Scotia.

http://www.hantsjournal.ca/living/2017/7/20/_he-still-roams-around-here---sharpshooting-snooker-player-still.html

Many people, according to Hal Theriault and Stacey Doucette, feel the presence of a mysterious energy at the New France site.

Invisible trains and fiery horsemen – it’s right out of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but it’s right here in Southwest Nova Scotia. In fact, New France, in Digby County, is quite a hotspot of paranormal activity. Join us for our fifth stop on our virtual ghost tour around Nova Scotia and hear the village turned ghost town.

http://www.digbycourier.ca/living/2017/7/21/trains-and-fiery-horsemen--ghost-stories-still-haunt-new-france.html

Linda Rafuse stands next to panoramic photographs of the Mersey Paper Company being built.  Artifacts that were once housed in the offices of the mill are now in the hands of the Queens County Museum, the Museum of Industry, and the Nova Scotia Archives.

 

From moving books to overheard conversations between spirits – and sometimes even spotting a spooky figure when no one else is in the building - the Queens County Museum staff know they’re not alone. And that’s OK by them. Check out the latest stop on our virtual ghost tour around Nova Scotia, where we learn about the multiple ghosts that roam the land.

http://www.thecoastguard.ca/living/2017/7/21/_we-love-our-resident-spirits--staff-happily-shares-queens-count.html

Jerome the Gravekeeper, portrayed by Jeremy Novak of Valley Ghost Walks, has a few tales to tell about the souls resting at the Old Burying Ground in Wolfville.

 

Ebenezer Bishop leaves a legacy of love behind. He’s known as the Kings County man who trekked across the ice in the middle to winter to get to Parrsboro and propose to the girl he loves. His bones rest in the Old Burying Ground in Wolfville – but does he? Meet one of the ghosts that Jerome the Gravekeeper introduces Valley Ghost Walk participants to each week.

http://www.kingscountynews.ca/living/2017/7/21/tales-rooted-in-history--jerome-the-gravekeeper-tells-stories-of.html

A small red shed stands at the edge of the Bay of Fundy at Anderson Cove – at the end of Hillsburn Road. “Anderson Cove & Ghost of Miss Anderson,” says a sign. Nothing else. It used to be a thriving place, back in Miss Anderson’s day. She was in love with a fisherman, or so the story goes.

 

“Sometimes, people say they see her or hear her.” Miss Anderson – a bride of the sea, her husband and her own life taken by the ferocious Fundy Tides. Now she haunts the fish plant near where she lived.

http://www.annapoliscountyspectator.ca/living/2017/7/24/the-ghost-of-miss-anderson--fundy-shore-love-story-inspires-song.html

 

The Mounce mansion was once filled with love and laughter, until untimely deaths cut that happiness short. Does Thomas Mounce still haunt the halls of this West Hants mansion? Read our next ghost story here

http://www.hantsjournal.ca/living/2017/7/25/original-owner-rumoured-still-to-reside-in-the-old-mounce-mansio.html

 

Did you know a couple that’s originally from Kings County now have a paranormal investigation business in Truro? They were recently at Randall House Museum in Wolfville. You might be surprised what they heard

http://www.kingscountynews.ca/living/2017/7/25/who-you-gonna-call--paranormal-investigators-coming-to-wolfville.html

David Sollows stands in front of the old Yarmouth jail, which is believed to be haunted. He says there are many ghostly tales in Yarmouth’s past.

There’s no shortage of ghost tales from Yarmouth – a foreboding knocking, a haunted ship and possible photo evidence of a ghost? Our ghost tour around Southwest Nova concludes today with this final offering. Click through to see the picture – do you believe it’s a ghost?

http://www.thevanguard.ca/living/2017/7/26/a-foreboding-death--a-ghostly-image-and-a-phantom-ship--a-trio-o.html

 

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