[1- In 1874]
Trafalgar Castle is in Whitby, Ontario.
Trafaglar Castle was built for Nelson Gilbert Reynolds (1814-1881), Sheriff of Ontario County from 1852 to 1881. Trafalgar Castle was designed by Toronto architect, Joseph Sheard and built between 1859 and 1862. The mock-Elizabethan castle has a hidden chamber and secret tunnel. The castle cost Reynolds $70,000, an exorbitant sum at the time, and was the largest private dwelling in Canada until Casa Loma was built. The Sheriff lived in Trafalgar Castle from 1862 until 1874 when his gambling debts grew too large and he sold the building to the Methodist Church of Canada for use as a ladies college for the sum of $30,000.
[2-Art class at Ontario Ladies' College taking place on the college lawn, 1893]
[3-North side of the original Trafalgar Castle with students standing on the lawn. The bearded man standing at far right, is probably Rev. J.J. Hare, the school's principal. May 20, 1893]
In 1979 the Ontario Ladies’ College changed its name to Trafalgar Castle School which is recognized as one of the finest private girls schools, offering “a rigorous university preparatory curriculum from Grades 6 through 12.”
Trafalgar Castle also has its own resident ghosts, as reported by students past and present, of phantom footsteps to doors that opened and closed on their own volition.
Photo Credits: -Whitby Archives CC=nc-sa-flickr.
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