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In this house which originally dates from 1796, which was home to Major Charles Stanley Herring in the latter 1800's, there was at least one occasion, after 1899, where this officer of the British Army (and veteran of India) saw an apparition of a woman in a long, grey dress that "disappeared like smoke".

Then, according to John Robert Colombo's book, Mysterious Canada, in 1953, the next owners, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkley purchased the home unaware of these previous sightings. They then experienced (and got quite used to) strange knockings and rappings. Guests of the Hawleys even reported seeing the apparition of a young girl on the main floor of the home.

She is described as being in her thirties, wasp-waisted, wearing a long dress and bonnet and gained the moniker "Elizabeth".

A psychic who spotted the ghost said she "felt" that the ghost was of a woman who died in the house in the mid-1800's after spending much of her life devoted to caring for her infirmed parents.

In the St. Catherines Standard in 1982, an article by Michael Clarkson gave this information from the Hawleys... "She walks or stands for a few seconds, then disappears; but it's not a frightening experience. It's just as if she's checking to see if everything's okay."

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