Kingston Penitentiary

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Kingston Penitentiary has a ghostly prisoner, George Hewell, who was, in life, a handful for the guards. He was known for attacking guards and other inmates, and in one incidence in 1897, a guard was forced to kill Hewell in self defence. Hewell swore as he lay dying that he would avenge himself. Since then, the ghost of Hewell has been seen here many times. The place has been featured on “Creepy Canada.”

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Geographic Information

556 King St W
Kingston, Ontario

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44.2210763, -76.5136564
Frontenac County
Nearest Towns:
Portsmouth, ON (1.0 mi.)
Kingston, ON (1.7 mi.)
Collins Bay, ON (5.2 mi.)
Latimer, ON (10.1 mi.)
Cape Vincent, NY (11.0 mi.)
Millhaven, ON (11.8 mi.)
Pittsburgh, ON (11.8 mi.)
Bath, ON (12.8 mi.)
Emerald, ON (13.5 mi.)
Yarker, ON (16.1 mi.)


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