The MacAulay Property
The MacAulay Property
Another strange occurrence took place in the not too distant past close to the Cornwall Road and Kingston Road intersection. The property in question belonged to the MacAulay family. The property was eventually sold to the MacKinleys. When the MacKinley family purchased the land approximately 60 or 70 years ago, the house that was on the property was only a shell. It had been a very old home, but has since been knocked down.2 The following story comes from the Honourable Ron MacKinley and his wife Ann.
The story begins with Mrs. MacAulay. At a time when people still traveled by horse and sleigh, travelers from the Emyvale area would make their way through the MacAulay property to Charlottetown across the frozen North River. Mrs. MacAulay was known to be a very friendly lady and a very good baker. She would often invite travelers into her home for a rest or to recover from the cold. She would also provide tea and cookies to the travelers. This ‘pit stop’ of sorts was an opportunity for the horses to rest as well.3
Years later, the Honorable Ron MacKinley was out farming the fields with his father John. It was a Saturday evening and both he and his father were driving tractors through the field back to the house. Ron was ahead and his father behind him. As they passed the old abandoned MacAulay house they noticed something peculiar. A woman was standing in the window, smiling and waving at them as if beckoning them inside (Mr. MacKinley likened the woman to the one in the Camay Soap commercial). The two continued on and upon their arrival to the house Ron’s father had asked him if he had seen anything strange at the house. Ron said that he had indeed seen something and he recounted what he had seen to his father. His father said that he had seen the same thing. After that incident it was said that the house was haunted.4
Another strange incident occurred at the house some time later. Ron, his brother Brian and father John were working out in the field one autumn. They had been using the house to store straw. As they were piling the straw into the house, Brian had called out to his father to ask him if he wanted to stack the straw in the kitchen. All of a sudden they heard the reply, a strong, ‘NO!’ but the voice was not that of his father’s. They never did put straw in the kitchen!5
The last incident comes from Mrs. Ann MacKinley. A short time after her and Ron were married, she was out at the old MacAulay house searching for bricks to elongate her flower beds. She had them prepared in a pile to be brought up to her house. Later that afternoon she had been making fudge for a fundraiser. The fudge she was cooking was getting very hot and as she was removing it from the stove it spilled all over her hands, burning them. Ron attributed the incident to his wife’s intention on removing the bricks. Ann believed it occurred because of her own clumsiness, but in the end decided to leave the bricks where they belonged!6
The MacAulay house eventually fell down. The only thing that remains is a mound where the house once stood. Ann would often take the family dog for a walk down around the area, but has not experienced any odd events since the house was destroyed.