Built in 1888, this church was one of the most popular churches in Kingston Ontario. (There’s a church on like every block downtown) Churches are normally a safe place for people to go and worship but this church has something more sinister to it.
In 1970 Chalmers United church became known as one of Kingston’s most haunted spots. People have reported feeling very uneasy and as if they are being watched. They don’t feel welcomed like you should in a church. Queen University music students would often come to the church to practice the organ but after the attacks started they would change to a different church. All the attacks were on women.
One girl was playing the organ late at night when felt a presence behind her. She stopped playing and turned around, seeing nobody. She got up and slowly backed away from the organ, towards the main doors still feeling uneasy. She turned around to walk to the doors when she felt like someone was behind her. She ran and the presence followed her. She ran out not turning around to see who or what it could be. Several decades later and she still has trouble returning to the church.
Another report came from a male Queens student who didn’t have the encounter but his classmate was practicing on the organ in another room at the church. He heard her stop halfway through and since he had heard of the spirit who attacks women at the church he grew worried. He went to check up on her when he saw her backed against a wall and her arms extended to the side and she had gone pale in the face. He asked her about what happened and she said while she was playing the organ she felt a strange presence behind her. She truly believed the presence wanted to harm her. She stated that it had been circling her, trying to get to her back for some unknown reason. She refused to let it behind her so she backed into the wall. She was unharmed but she was shaking like mad.
Some say the church is only haunted because its near the old courthouse where a lot of hangings of criminals took place in the 19th century. Other’s claim its the spirit of an old organ player at the church. A girl remembered going to the church as a little girl and recalls seeing a strange man who played the organ. If and whenever she was around him she felt extremely uncomfortable and even after he died she felt his presence in the church. Its said this man had an extreme dislike of females and was old fashion in that he did not think women should be allowed to play the organ. This would explain why the spirit only went after women who were playing the organ. After renovations were done around the organ in the 1980’s the attacks ceased. However, before the electrical fire in 1995 the care takers of the church believed the man’s spirit was still there.