Hamilton has a lot of spooky ghost stories to tell, our city has has rich history and some tales for you to discover and explore for Halloween!
1. The Auchmar Estate (Fennell & West 5th)
This once beautiful mansion house on the Hamilton Mountain is home to many ghosts, some of which scared actors and crew involved in filming the TV show Blake Holsey High which was filmed at the estate. It is claimed that the ghosts on the property include Isaac Buchanan himself, as well as a young girl you can sometimes hear giggling. Creepy!
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2. The Hermitage Ruins (Sulphur Springs Road)
The ruins of the Hermitage Mansion can be found in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The ghost of William Black, the coachman for Col. Otto Ives in the early 1800s, is said to be seen here. After being denied marriage to his love (who turned out to be Ives niece), he hung himself from the rafters in the stables located behind the mansion.
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3. The Tivoli Theatre (James Street North)
Ambrose Small disappeared on a sunny afternoon on Tuesday December 2nd, 1919. He was 56 years old and owned many theatres. many years later, a small strange dusty old trunk was discovered in the crawlspace of the Tivoli Theatre.
The trunk had A. SMALL embossed in gold letters. Inside was a skeleton, matching the dimensions of Ambrose! Nobody could tell if it was real or a prop.
A Toronto forensics team was called, but couldn’t get out for a couple days. The trunk was put aside. When they finally arrived, the trunk and bones had disappeared and gone missing.
To this day, Ambroses ghost is said to haunt the old building.
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4. Woodend Mansion (Ancaster)
In 1891 the Ancaster treasurer, John Heslop, was awakened by his wife when she heard burglars. He grabbed a lamp and a chair and headed towards the front door. A shotgun blast rang out in the dark and his wife discovered his body on the stair landing. No one was ever convicted of the crime.
Heslop’s spirit reportedly still roams around the house. People have reported a dragging noise in the attic and footsteps moving throughout the house.
5. Dundurn Castle (610 York Blvd)
It might look like an innocent ‘castle’ house, but don’t be fooled!
Dundurn Castle was the home of Sir Allan MacNab, premier of pre-Confederation Canada from 1854 to 1856. The grounds surrounding the castle have a violent and bloody history.
Sir Allan MacNab and his family, including Sophia MacNab, are said to haunt the castle. There are reports of people feeling a cold chill or see a mysterious breeze blow out the candles outside the room where MacNabs second wife Mary died. Visitors have heard mysterious music and singing.
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6. Haunted House (John and Augusta Street)
The building at John and Augusta Streets was rumoured to be the home of the Headless Coach. As the town clocks struck midnight, a coach, drawn by no horses, started out and made a run down Hunter Street. Nobody knew where it ended up but it was ready to repeat the performance the next night at the same hour.
7. Custom House (51 Stuart Street)
This is an especially haunted place in Hamilton! There are many stories about “The Dark Lady” or “The Woman In Black”, a well-known Hamilton ghost, who has been haunting the Custom House for over 100 years. She is rumoured to be a woman who arrived on one of the immigrant ships and died in port, subsequently being buried on the grounds of the building. She is usually seen in one specific area of the basement near the vault, and her appearance is usually accompanied by a bone numbing coldness and anxiety. One legend says that she is waiting for her sailor lover to come for her.
Many spirits are said to roam this house, including one of a little boy who haunts the second floor. If you’re in the house you might notice him tugging on your clothing or hear giggling.