Spooky stories from here at home
Come with us to Moreton’s Harbour’s haunted mansion
Up through a dirt path and brushes of autumn leaves, perched upon a hill in the outport of Moreton’s Harbour, sits a property with a long-standing reputation of hauntings and paranormal phenomena.
Hidden away on the trail that was once the main road through Moreton’s Harbour, the Memorial Methodist Parsonage was first constructed in 1924. The many roomed mansion was used as a home for the Methodist church’s minister up until the 1960s. Then, a new parsonage was constructed and the mansion went up for sale.
Growing up in Moreton’s Harbour during this period, Chris Osmond says the rumours of hauntings at the hilltop mansion were always passed around the community. Whispered
words from unseen voices and blasts of noise from empty rooms were commonly reported rumours.
Osmond’s uncle Doug had purchased the home when it was up for sale, and it has seen been passed down to him. Osmond doesn’t let the supposed risk of ghostly encounters get to him, and he says he still uses the house as a getaway a few times each year.
Despite the many times Osmond has resided at the property, he has had only one odd experience that stands out for him. Once, when preparing to leave, Osmond heard a voice call his name from the surrounding woods. He had thought it was a woman who tended to a neighbouring vegetable garden, but when he wandered over to see her the garden was empty and deserted.
“I could swear I heard the faint sound of someone calling my name,” Osmond recollected. “I called out and called out but no one was there.”
The mansion has also earned a reputation as a summer residence for bats. The bats make a home of the attic and Osmond has spent the past 10 years trying to find a way to block them out. “When they leave for
the fall I’m always going around and trying to block any passages for them to get in,” he said. “It’s been 10 years I’ve been trying to get rid of them, but somehow they always find a way to get back in here.”
Osmond even built a bat house outside the property in hopes of luring them there. However, the bats always find there is no spot cozier than the mansion attic. He has since sealed the fireplace shut to prevent the bats from flying into the main floor and disturbing guests.
Osmond says much of the house’s reputation is traced to an unmarked burial. The specific location of the burial remains unknown, but legend places it in the surrounding woods of the mansion.
“There was a plot of land beyond the hill, owned by my great-grandfather, that had been given to the Methodist church for a cemetery,” said Osmond. “It was never used, but one lady was buried there. They had no fence, no gravestone or nothing to mark it. People say that’s why the place has so much trouble.”
Even when he was a boy, Osmond was told by his mother that when he took the backroads to keep in mind that the woman was buried somewhere out there, in the woods beyond the mansion.
While it’s a home encircled with omens and rumoured hauntings, Osmond maintains his skepticism, keeping his mansion as a peaceful getaway and a good story to scare friends and relatives.
Given its eerie reputation, Osmond says relatives are often hesitant to spend a night at the property when they visit.
This study room within the Memorial Methodist Parsonage was once detailed by Newfoundland and Labrador author Ed Smith. Smith described having a quaint meeting in the study room that was suddenly interrupted by disruptive noise from the kitchen. When Smith went to investigate, those in the kitchen said they heard the racket of noise coming from within the study.