Churchill House in Hantsport was built by Ezra Churchill in 1860 for his son John Wiley Churchill as a wedding gift. It has its reported sightings of wandering women, running children, unexplained chills, slamming doors, ghostly music heard in the night . . . but I thought the creepiest story was the one associated with this painting, which is found near the stairway. The painting is of Tennyson's Lady of Shalott, reportedly Churchill's favourite poem. He had the painting hung in the entrance of his home so it would be the first thing to greet him each time he returned. According to the legend, at midnight during a full moon, the lady's hand drops and trails along in the water, the clouds scud across the sky and the boat is rowed along by the oarsman. No full moon last night, nor was I there at midnight, so I'll have to take their word for it.
Down the street from the Churchill mansion is the town's old graveyard. And yes, members of the Churchill family have their very prominent grave stones there. But theirs wasn't nearly as interesting as some of the others, like this plot. Sometimes the need for privacy extends beyond the grave.