"Ghost of the Grey lady" Halifax NS

Grey Lady postage stamp

Legend has it that the spirit of the “Grey Lady” wanders the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. 

According to security guards, the Grey Lady walks the floors of the Cavalier building, smelling of roses and wearing a 19th-century dress, and is still seen to this day. 

One guard, who was stationed overlooking the second floor balcony, reported seeing “a woman in a long white dress on the veranda pass beneath him, turned around a corner of the building and disappeared”. 

In the mid 1980s, another security guard spotted a woman in an old fashioned grey dress in the third floor window of the Citadel’s Cavalier building. 

She is believed to be Miss Cassie Allan, a young lady who was engaged to a soldier stationed at the Citadel. On her wedding day, November 14, 1900, Cassie waited at the altar for her groom, but he never arrived. 

The carriage driver rode up to the Citadel to pick up the groom, only to hear from the guard that the husband-to-be had shot himself, unable to find any other way to hide from his past. 

The driver went to the church to break the news to the bride, who refused to believe him and became hysterical. Clearly, the truth was too hard for her to accept, as her spirit still searches the grounds of the Citadel for her beloved fiancée. 

 “The most vivid sighting of the Grey Lady happened to an employee who would sit in a particular chair at one end of the building and greet visitors as they came in. One day, a woman in a white dress entered the Cavalier and thinking she was a tourist, the man got up to welcome her. However, when he looked up she was gone. He saw the woman a few times more times after that, always wearing the same white dress and disappearing before he had the chance to talk to her.”- Hal Thompson, visitor experience officer for the Halifax Defence Complex

The ghost of the "Grey Lady" has been selected by Canada Post to be featured in their latest set of stamps devoted to ghost stories across Canada. (Pictured above)

The paranormal world can very fascinating! If you are from Nova Scotia, and have experienced something paranormal, or a event that happened to someone you know, we would love to share your story! 

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