Belvedere Orphanage in east end St. John’s is now in the final stages of demolition, after years of abandonment and an extensive fire back in April.
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) December 4, 2017
Like many in the metro region, Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael has a personal connection to the historic property. Michael says while working there years ago as Principal when it briefly functioned as a school in the 1970’s, rumours swirled about a ghost haunting the old building. She recalled some of the folklore surrounding the building, which dates back to the 1800’s.
Michael says school staff invited a representative from Memorial University to over-night at the school and investigate the paranormal occurrences.
She says they deemed the ghost to be a poltergeist.
She admits that while she isn’t one to believe in ghosts, she heard the strange unexplained noises. She says she got an email from a former Belvedere colleague who joked, “I guess the ghost is gone now”.
Michael says it’s a shame to see the former site of the Belvedere Orphanage reduced to rubble.