By Crystal Fogarty
Since its opening 150 years ago, the club has witnessed many hauntings that are still prevalent today.
© Photo courtesy of The Halifax Club
Originally published in the June 2012 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal - "The Halifax Club 150th Anniversary" special advertising feature
Halifax is more than just a port city and a provincial capital, it is also one of the most haunted cities in Nova Scotia.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, The Halifax Club is one of those historic locations where you can witness and hear scenes from a time long past. The interior of the club itself is a step back in time; in fact, it still has a crack in one of the windows from the Halifax Explosion.
Since opening, the club has witnessed many hauntings that are still prevalent today.
Peter Ferguson, assistant food and beverage manager, has done a lot of research into the spirits that inhabit The Halifax Club.
“We have three predominant spirits here at the club — two male and one female,” says Ferguson. “One of the males was a server, another a former member and the third was a mistress of a former member.”
The stories of these hauntings have been passed down by word of mouth from employees and members who have witnessed strange things happening.
“This is one place you don't want to be left alone at night,” he says. “We try to make sure that there is always more than one person closing.”
Ferguson has heard the mistress calling out his name in the dark, has heard footsteps and has felt the presence of somebody in the room.
“The girl is more predominant. She is known to call out the names of employees and you can often smell her perfume and hear her going up and down the stairs. She is said to have been pretty and died unnaturally in the club.”
The former member is not as predominant but is said to have been a very large man who died in The Halifax Club and was dragged outside.
“He was seemingly upset about the nature of his death and is linked to the smell of a cigar and the sound of a grumpy man walking around.”
In The Halifax Club’s earlier years, members experienced a strange incident with one of the servers. He came running into the room yelling then stabbed himself before running out into the street. He is said to be the server who still haunts the club today.
Ferguson says these and other ghostly tales will be told at The Halifax Club this coming Halloween season.
“We will open our doors to locals and tourists a few nights per week in October for ghost tours through all areas of the club, including the underground tunnels, and offer attendees both types of ‘spirits’.”
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