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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2009/01/29 - Haunted Hamilton has written a new two-part article series on the abandoned and decaying Auchmar Mansion on Hamilton Mountain in Ontario, Canada - HauntedHamilton.com.
Being the Dundurn Castle of Hamilton Mountain, it’s important that this beautiful mansion be saved for generations to come. Auchmar has been owned by only a handful of people since being built over 150 years ago.
Auchmar has been in trouble since being vacated by the Hungarian Sisters in 1999. It’s sat abandoned, slowly falling apart at the corner of Fennell and West 5th. Haunted Hamilton hopes this series will shine a light on the forgotten mansion, give Auchmar a personality, expose the mystery, and show that warmth still exists within those walls.
Built by Sir Isaac Buchanan in 1854, this mansion is as significant to Hamilton as Dundurn Castle. Sir Isaac has been credited with many firsts in the city. This includes being the first president of the Board of Trade, the group that is credited with starting Hamilton’s path into industry. His accomplishments are numerous, making his home of Auchmar important to Hamilton.
The ghosts of the past open the doors of history and make us aware that something still remains within those gothic walls. Auchmar becomes much more than just another empty house, it becomes a warm home that was once loved.
Part one of the series is an introduction to the history of the mansion. Sir Isaac, and those who came after are profiled, including the words of the local writer Alma Dick-Lauder who was invited to view the mansion for her book Wentworth Landmarks in 1897.
Part two covers the haunting stories that have come from some recent occupants of the mansion – the cast and crew of YTV’s Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. This was the time people willing to accept the ghosts have been occupying the mansion.
Haunted Hamilton (hauntedhamilton.com) hopes that writing about Auchmar will keep it fresh in the minds of those who can save it, shining a light on the forgotten building, and sparking interest in its salvation. The hope is that others will help continue to the cause.