Who knew? We did know that the town of Bowmanville has a lot of community spirit.They are the type of people that band together for events and to support each other. What we didn’t know was that Bowmanville has a lot of actual …well… spirits.
Well, as the song says, “we ain’t afraid of no ghosts”. As a matter of fact our fearless leader Judy Stacee-Cleaver and her trusty sidekick Mincom Jo, along with a group of friends, looked forward to meeting a few when they signed up for a “Spirit Walk” during the Halloween season. These walking tours take place through downtown Bowmanville, starting at the Bowmanville Museum on Silver Street and finishing up at The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre on Temperance St.
With Dennis Jeffery, a very knowledgeable guide, leading the way and Mincom Jo providing the occasional sound effect the adventure was soon under way. The Bowmanville Museum was the perfect spot to start the tours as it is “home” to no fewer than five friendly spirits. Perhaps, not always friendly. Dennis did mention that there was one particular spirit he wouldn’t be comfortable turning his back on in one of these bedrooms.
The surroundings certainly provided an atmosphere to support the stories, and more than one person felt something in the air.
It was fascinating to see what showed up in this photo. It certainly looks like a ghostly spectre to us.
Can you imagine being able to have lunch in this beautiful conservatory at the museum? One of our group can. Laurie Baird had lunch there with her Grandfather quite often when she was a child and he was caretaker at the museum.
It was difficult to move on from the museum with so much to explore. However, there was much more to see and stories to be heard. According to the museum’s website,
“For more than 200 years the people of Bowmanville have been unknowingly building a repertoire of scary local stories, each one filled with enough mystery and intrigue to confuse and shock even the keenest minds.”
They did not disappoint. It was wonderful to also hear some first hand accounts from some of the locals that walked with us. They were able to share quite a bit of history.
The evening ended with hot chocolate, sweets and a very spirited group mingling in The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre.
If you like to hear tales of hauntings, history, spirits and ghosts all local to the Durham Region then a Spirit Walk in Bowmanville is for you. Don’t miss this annual treat!