De­mo­li­tion of aban­doned or­phan­age raises question about fate of ghostly pres­ence

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The de­mo­li­tion of a cen­turies-old or­phan­age is rais­ing a cu­ri­ous question for peo­ple who once worked in the build­ing — what will be­come of the ghost ru­moured to haunt its halls?

The Belvedere Or­phan­age is in the process of be­ing torn down in St. John’s, N.L., fol­low­ing years of aban­don­ment and an ex­ten­sive fire in April.

For years, peo­ple in the com­mu­nity spec­u­lated about a haunt­ing pres­ence in the de­crepit build­ing — par­tic­u­larly when it func­tioned as a school in the 1970s.

Lorraine Michael, the prov­ince’s in­terim NDP leader, was the school’s principal years ago and ad­mits to hear­ing some strange sounds she couldn’t eas­ily ex­plain.

She says at one point staff called in an ex­pert in para­nor­mal oc­cur­rences from Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity, who deemed the pu­ta­tive ghost to be a poltergeist.

Michael says she re­cently re­ceived an email from a for­mer col­league at Belvedere who joked that the de­mo­li­tion might fi­nally see the de­par­ture of the ghost.


Belvedere Or­phan­age in east end St. John’s, N.L., is now in the fi­nal stages of de­mo­li­tion as shown on Tues­day.

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