|Facsimile of Marsh Point Farm|
What became known as the 'Marsh Point Ghost' started out as strange lights on a September evening back in 1845. A farmer was walking home one night, along the banks of the Cornwall Canal west of community, when he spotted the phenomenon.
He spied strange lights dancing around the farm owned by Granny Marsh, 80, who lived with her daughter Clara, 60, on the property, which was located on the island of Milles Roches - which is now among the Lost Villages west of Cornwall.
Unsure what the strange dancing orbs to be, the farmer visited the farm the next morning to determine what kind of disaster had befallen the poor old ladies - but the women said they had seen and heard nothing.
"They were highly amused to hear that people with lights had been seen to be wandering around their place after dark," reported Rex Lambert, a CBC reporter who in the 1960s recounted the circumstances of the event.
This is a highly entertaining and intriguing audio report. CBC's Rex Lambert in a radio broadcast on Aug. 24, 1962 (CBC Archives)
Before long the unknown farmer heard from other residents who claimed to see the lightshow as well.
For the next several weeks countless people witnessed lights, some that seemed to move about the property, cross the canal waters and even climb trees, which were accompanied by the sounds of clanging and even small explosions.
Before long the old women who lived on the property became alarmed.
The phenomenon ended with the arrival of winter and never returned. Experts at the time concluded the event was unlikely to be a hoax, considering the fact that the victims appeared to be a pair of kingly elderly women who lived in a remote part of the country - hardly the best targets for such a prank.
The mystery of the event continues to this day - much of which has been lost to the passage of time.
"I'd never heard a word of this," said Lost Villages Historical society president Jim Brownell in an interview.
More on the event, including Lambert's CBC report, can be found here.