The Merritt House : St. Catharines, Ontario
Address: 12 Yates Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Article Written by Daniel Cumerlato



William Hamilton Merritt was a respected veteran of the War of 1812 when he led the construction of the Welland Canal, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Oak Hill (The Merritt House) was built in 1860 after Merritt’s first house burned due to arson.

The Merritt House, St. Catharines, Ontario

The history of this house is nothing short of amazing. Merritt was part of The Refugee Slaves Friends Society. Tunnels, part of the Underground Railway, still exist in the basement.

William died in 1862 and left the house to his son. The Merritt family would keep ownership until 1923.

The house was donated for use as a military hospital during World War I. This was the first time since 1860 that the Merritt family moved out. They moved back in right after the war.

In 1928, the house was used as an Inn. During this time, the basement tunnels were put to good use. Rumrunners (mobsters) would sneak illegal alcohol into town during Prohibition (the banning of alcohol in the U.S. and Canada).

In 1938 the building was converted into a radio station.


I led a large investigation at The Merritt House in 2001. The results of this investigation have ensured no other group would be invited into the house to again stir up very active ghosts.

From the start, the radio DJ’s were not happy. They took haunted, hamilton into the basement and showed them the CD library. Over 1,000, once perfectly organized CDs, were scattered. They had flown off the shelves and smashed against the opposite wall. This happened the night before the investigation.

One of the psychics became bothered by a spirit she would only refer to as, “Booger”. This troublesome ghost stuck around for the entire investigation.

Afterwards, when leaving the building, the psychic stopped by the garage and wouldn’t move. She started shaking, the type that could only be caused by sickness or cold and said over and over, “He trying to possess me”.

After struggling for a few minutes, she said, “He’s gone”. At that exact moment, one single light over the garage turned off and on again.

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