I’ve lived in the area for 28 years and have heard stories about this house but have never visited it until today. Chris and I set out to see what we could find this morning and with a good eye and some persistence we finally spotted it. Technically I believe this house is in Port Hope but close to the boundary of Port Hope and Newtonville. We spotted it set way back in the bush surrounded by farmers fields. The only way in was a long path that would have been either a road or incredibly long driveway that is only beaten down now from the farmers tractor. We parked our car at the road and hiked in but the house still wasn’t very visible. We first came across the remains of what would have been the barn…fallen in and structurally unsound, but we decided we’d come back to that. Once we spotted the house we knew this wasn’t going to be an easy task with all the overgrown brush, vines, thorns and fallen down trees that seemed to have played a part in protecting this place from the elements.
There seem to be only skeletal remains of this once was beautiful farm house but we were still able to find some pretty interesting things. All walls were either barren or just plain gone except for parts in the kitchen where there were still some wall paper peeling off. Under part of the wall paper we found a Newspaper article from Port Hope Weekly Guide published in 1910 about 3 men, 2 Canadians and 1 Macedonian that had plunged 100 feet to their death after a scaffolding gave way. It states that the bodies were horribly mutilated by striking iron girders. The 3 men Robert McGregor aged 32, Louis Smith aged 40, and James McVey aged 45 were working on the Water works. Does this have anything to do with this house you ask? That I’m unsure of, but the one thing I do find odd is that this little article was perfectly preserved behind the wall paper of the kitchen.
So we know the house was lived in in 1910 but other evidence shows that it was inhabited also in the 1960’s as our picture of Pam would suggest, since Pam was invented in that era. We also found an old broken Rawleigh’s medicine bottle and we know that could date back as far as the 1800’s.
According to rumours, Legend has it that an old farm couple made a home here. The husband died which made the wife so distraught that she went off side and buried his body under the house. They say when she was alive she wouldn’t let anyone on the property in fear they would find his body and that still to this day, she will do anything to keep trespassers at bay. I’m not saying I don’t believe in ghosts but lets say I’m a bit of a skeptic. Chris and I moved to the back door where you could see what used to be an entire other half of the house that no longer remains other then the foundation. From there you could crawl into the crawl space under the house. Of course, my crazy husband has to try to crawl in there to see if he finds anything. If the legend was true, and she didn’t want us there, I swear we wouldn’t have made it out alive.
To Sum up…..we didn’t have anything strange happen to us while we were here but…we did find the Newspaper article that was glued to the underside of the wallpaper strange. Especially since there was pretty much nothing left in this house except for a few old cans and glass bottles. We also noted all the dense brush, huge fallen tree branches, vines and thorns that closely surrounded the house but has seemed to protect the house instead of damage it. We’ve been to a lot of abandoned houses where they are so old the trees have managed to either fall in on them or grow up through them. Is the woman of this old farm house still protecting it? You be the judge 🙂
Thanks for reading!!
Michelle & Chris