Ghost sto­ries from the Ad­mi­ral Digby Mu­seum

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Kody The­ri­ault was walk­ing to the base­ment of the Ad­mi­ral Digby Mu­seum in June but when he got to the base­ment the door was locked.

Strange. This par­tic­u­lar door was never locked.

“I fig­ured some­one ac­ci­den­tally locked the door from the in­side and now we were out of luck,” he re­mem­bers think­ing at the time.

He brought a co­worker down to the base­ment to get a sec­ond opin­ion, just in case he was open­ing the door wrong.

But af­ter the pair re­viewed the door again, it was locked.

The­ri­ault got some tools and took off the door knob but when he re­viewed the han­dle, he re­al­ized there wasn’t a lock on the in­side of the door.

“I was un­com­fort­able,” he says. “I’m not nec­es­sar­ily a be­liever in para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity but it felt like a strong force hold­ing the door shut. It didn’t feel stuck, it felt stronger than a per­son hold­ing it shut.”

The mu­seum is an old build­ing lo­cated at 95 Mon­tague Row in Digby. The staff aren’t sure of the ex­act date the build­ing was built, but they have a prop­erty record stat­ing the prop­erty was first owned in 1783. It was owned by many oth­ers through the years and the mu­seum of­fi­cially ac­quired the prop­erty in 1977.

That isn’t the only time The­ri­ault has ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing un­usual at the mu­seum.

In the spring of 2017 he was up­stairs at the mu­seum. The mu­seum has a new sec­tion that was built onto the build­ing, but half of the up­stairs is still in­tact from the time the build­ing was first con­structed.

As he was walk­ing to the door­way of the older side of the mu­seum, the door slammed in his face. There were no win­dows open at the time and The­ri­ault still can’t think of an ex­pla­na­tion of why the door slammed.

“It didn’t hit me, but it was close to my face and there was a lot of force in it,” he re­mem­bers.

The­ri­ault usu­ally works on the main floor of the mu­seum by him­self. He doesn’t feel any weird pres­ence or hear any­thing un­usual on a daily ba­sis.

He’s heard ru­mours that some peo­ple think the ghost at Ad­mi­ral Digby Mu­seum may be Tupper War­ren, a for­mer busi­ness­man in Digby, or Char­lotte Gilpin, a his­tor­i­cal scholar from Digby.

“If you are a be­liever in that sort of thing, it could make sense it was ei­ther of them be­cause we have a lot of their ar­ti­facts here,” he says.

He’s not the only one who has wit­nessed some­thing spooky at the mu­seum.

Ev­ery year the mu­seum hires sum­mer stu­dents and some of the stu­dents have heard noises in the at­tic and the base­ment.

One year a stu­dent was tak­ing a pic­ture of an ar­ti­fact – a tele­phone ex­change from 1889. The first pic­ture she took was clear, but she de­cided to take a pic­ture from a dif­fer­ent an­gle. The room was dimly lit but, in the pic­ture, a white fig­ure ap­peared next to the tele­phone ex­change.

“We re­ally don’t have an ex­pla­na­tion for that ei­ther,” The­ri­ault says.

One em­ployee, who asked not to be named, re­mem­bers a cou­ple in­ci­dents from some­time in 1994 or 1995.

“I was never one to have been able to say I had seen a ghost, but in the win­ter of 1994-1995 I can say that some very pe­cu­liar things were heard in­side the mu­seum at the front door,” she wrote in a news­let­ter for the Ad­mi­ral Digby Mu­seum.

She was in one of the up­stairs rooms work­ing alone, so both of the down­stairs doors in the mu­seum were locked.

All of a sud­den she heard one of the doors down­stairs slam­ming re­peat­edly. Af­ter go­ing down­stairs to check she dis­cov­ered no one was there and both of the doors were still locked.

This hap­pened a few times and it was al­ways at 10 a.m.

One time, a friend came to the mu­seum to see how her work was go­ing and the door started slam­ming again.

“She called out, ‘We’re up here,’ but no one an­swered so she pro­ceeded to run down the stairs to find the per­son who had just en­tered the build­ing. I tried to tell her that no one would be there, but she kept run­ning down the stairs any­ways,” the mu­seum em­ployee re­mem­bers.

Her friend searched the en­tire build­ing but quickly re­al­ized no one was there.

“I only laughed be­cause I knew that this had hap­pened many times be­fore and the only vis­i­ble per­son in the build­ing was me,” she said.

The same door that slammed has an­other story that many of the mu­seum em­ploy­ees have heard about.

The door pre­vi­ously had an old­fash­ioned bell at­tached, one that rings when the door opens. The bell was not elec­tri­cal and ev­ery so of­ten the bell would start ring­ing, but the door never opened.

A car­pen­ter work­ing on the build­ing de­cided to take the bell apart to dou­ble check it, but there was noth­ing elec­tri­cal at­tached to it.

Said a mu­seum em­ployee, “since this type of door­bell was not hooked up to any elec­tri­cal wires and it ac­tu­ally had to be turned by hand to make it ring, we can only as­sume that it was made to ring by some­one that could not be seen.”

AMANDA DOUCETTE

The Ad­mi­ral Digby Mu­seum lo­cated at 95 Mon­tague Row in Digby.

AMANDA DOUCETTE

The 1889 tele­phone ex­change at the mu­seum. One sum­mer, a stu­dent had taken a photo of it and a white fig­ure ap­peared in the pho­to­graph.

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