Cornwall Jail

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The Jail which was in operation until 2002 runs the gamut of haunted claims. People claim to have seen full body apparitions, usually of a woman and child, hear male voices and one that hums. People also say they often hear “operational sounds” of the jail, such as carts going up the hallways or other sounds of a functioning jail. There are electical anomalies and objects that move, doors opening and closing o their own and the prevalent sense of unease that many experience while there. There are claims that during the time of the jail’s operation, more than 200 prisoners who died or were executed at the jail were buried in the courtyard, and many believe that these account for much of the ghostly activity.

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Geographic Information

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario

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45.0151547, -74.72744990000001
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Nearest Towns:
Cornwall, ON (0.3 mi.)
Long Sault, ON (8.5 mi.)
Lunenburg, ON (9.4 mi.)
Massena, NY (10.0 mi.)
Ingleside, ON (13.4 mi.)
Lancaster, ON (13.8 mi.)
South Lancaster, ON (14.4 mi.)
Brasher Falls, NY (14.5 mi.)
Winthrop, NY (15.5 mi.)
Sainte-agnes-de-dundee, QC (16.0 mi.)


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