Ida Moore was a promising musician, being quite adept on the piano. She had plans to go onto music school and possibly become a teacher. When she passed away she was burried in the Moore family plot on the outskirts of town. Although Ida's body has been at rest for 117 years, her spirit never moved on, and she is said to still haunt the Moore House to this day.
After the Moore family eventually vacated the house, it became the town's general store. It was during this time that the stories surrounding the alleged haunting began to circulate around town. Employees of the store did not like being left alone in the building because of the strange occurrences that would happen. Objects would move on their own, doors and windows would randomly open and shut without explanation, the radio would turn on and off, and people would often hear footsteps pacing up and down the second floor of the building. Ida's spirit seemed to be more of a jokester than a malevolent spirt, and it is said that she has a tendency to mess with young men specifically who are inside the building alone.
The building was eventually donated to Carleton Place Township in 2006, and it was moved to its current location in 2007. It now serves as a CP municipal building. Though it has seen its share of owners, and uses over the last 167 years, Ida's spirit has remained the one concrete constant, seemingly stuck in perpetual limbo in her family home.
OPRI is pleased to announce that we will be doing a formal investigation of Moore House in the coming weeks. We would like to thank the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, and Jackie Kavanagh for working with us to make this happen. We will post the results of the investigation once it has been completed, and we have had a chance to go through the evidence.
No photograph of the ghost of Ida Moore has ever been captured, we hope to be the first.
- Happy Haunting, OPRI