In no time at all, ghosts, witches and other spooky creatures will be on your doorstep looking for treats. But here in Mississauga, Halloween isn’t the only time filled with accounts of ghostly sightings. From old inns to mansions, there are many legendary haunted properties throughout the city. Follow along with me to learn about some of Mississauga’s most haunted locations.
Cherry Hill House
As Mississauga’s oldest building, it comes as no surprise that Cherry Hill House is a part of many reported haunted happenings.
Built in 1807 by Joseph Silverthorn, the ranch-style country home served as a residence until 1970s, when it was moved 800 feet away.
Legend has it that Joseph’s first-born son, George, was holding his wedding celebratory feast in the home in 1852 when a mysterious knock happened at the front door. George left the dining guests to answer the door and never returned.
Reputed to be the most haunted building in the city, stories involving the property include hearing footsteps when nobody’s upstairs, the front door opening and closing on its own and mysterious faces and figures appearing.
Bell-Gairdner Estate (now Harding Waterfront Estate)
Located in Clarkson at 2700 Lakeshore Road West is Harding House, a 60-acre property that includes a mansion known as “Fusion”, a coach house and a farmhouse.
The property was built in 1937 for Charles Powell Bell and named in his wife Kathleen Harding’s honour. Its reputation for spiritual activities include a small child giggling, a woman calling for Henry, a man calling for a boy named Danny and a man and woman dressed in formal wedding attire.
After Bell died, Kathleen married James Arthur Gairdner and renamed the estate. After a short ownership by Ontario Hydro from 1961-1991, the city purchased the property and restored it for event uses.
Lotten, the Cawthra Estate
The Cawthra Estate, located at 1399 Cawthra Road, is known for its haunted top floor. Built in 1925 for Grace Cawthra and Major-General Elliot, the home was known as The Estate Cawthra – “Lotten” due to being built on lot ten.
When Cawthra died in 1974 at 96 years old, she left no will for her $2-million inheritance. The City of Mississauga purchased the property and restored it as a conference centre.
Staff have reported seeing sightings of Cawthra’s dedicated servant looking out the attic window towards Cawthra Road.
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By Sarah McKenzie