In April 2012 we had the opportunity to visit The Adamson Estate in Mississauga. We had been visiting the nearby Cawthra Estate, which at one time it was related to through marriage, and decide to have a look around the Adamson property as well. Over the years we have had many queries about it as a potential haunted spot. Most of the people who write to us are interested in the pet cemetery located on the grounds close to the main house. Here is a sample from one of our readers:
" Hello, I was wondering if you had any information on the Adamson's Estate? I have heard stories that it is haunted by the spirits of the dogs in the pet cemetery. That at night you can hear dogs barking and howling as though they were protecting their territory as they once did. I was wondering if these stories are true, or if their are others about this estate. If you could shine some light on this for me that would be great. Thanks!"
Agar Adamson married into the Cawthra family and was one of the four Canadians featured in the book Tapestry Of War: A Private View of Canadians in the Great War by Sandra Gwyn. He served under General Arthur Currie. Insights into his time at war may be seen in the CBC series The Great War.
Sometimes confused as a Spanish design, the architecture of the main house is inspired by the Flemish one of the areas where Agar fought during the First World War.
The Adamson Estate is currently occupied by the Royal Conservatory of Music and the grounds are incorporated into a popular waterfront trail. Any sounds of barking could easily be attributed to dogs being walked along the path or belonging to the adjacent homes of the estate.