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Olde World Canterbury Village

Lake Orion, Michigan

The property began as a family farm called the Haddril Farm, and later was bought by the Scripps family, who had amassed a fortune through the newspaper business. Mr. Scripps bought it as a hobby, and soon developed it into a major farm of about 3,000 acres. During this time, many people lived and worked at the farm which Scripps called Wildwood. There was supposedly a cook named Minnie that was born on the farm and lived her life there. Her presence has been reported in what is now called the Canterbury Tails store. A local psychic, James, has found several other ghosts including Mrs. Scripps, who is said to have been seen by several people over the years as a woman in white, walking about the grounds. Many workers at this site have claimed to hear odd noises in the buildings, and have witnessed items, such as lights, being turned on randomly . One worker was locked in a basement room, and despite his best efforts, could not even budge the door. Finally, the general manager came to his aid only to find that the door was unlocked and opened easily. There is a rumor that a family cemetery was somehow lost when a man planned to develop the property. This occurrence could be the cause for some of the paranormal disturbances on the site.

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rob says:

November 7, 2005, 12:52 pm

i think theres a simple answere leave

Becca says:

February 1, 2006, 12:09 pm

It’s true I seen the ghost before!!!!!!!!!

Liz says:

February 1, 2006, 10:49 pm

It probley is true becca! haha 😉 we gotta watch more ghost **** on tv soon when you come up

Becca says:

February 4, 2006, 5:50 pm

ok, well this is becca’s cool friend cate and marie! we know this place for a fact is very haunted! we almost got killed by this HUUUUUUGE tree that almost fell on us. it wouldn’t be weird except for the fact that there was no wind, rain, or any natural cause that made the tree fall. so we think it was paranormal activity that made the tree fall……i’m so scared……lol but ya that really sucked cuz marie is confined to a wheel chair because one of the brances hit her in the back and paralyzed her….so remember kids, don’t stand too close to trees!

The Pope says:

February 13, 2006, 11:14 am

Becca i lonow marie and it is a tragity i was devistated when i heard about it. She was so nice too. but its a shame that only her got hit.

marie says:

March 17, 2006, 3:42 pm

DEAR “the pope”
this is Marie. I know who you are. bum bum bum. okay 1st off that was a terrible comeback like cate said. you should be ashamed of yourself. i got confined to a wheelchair while you are pretending to be a pope and sitting there just being plain ugly. you know, you could make some money off of that face. join the circus!!!!!!!!!!1hahahahahah you could be an ugly pope although you aren’t even catholic!!!!!!!!!!!! you sir are an oxymoron.hahahahahhhah

Becca says:

March 17, 2006, 3:48 pm

Dear pope or i mean mark

I bet you can guess who this is I sit in front of you in computer class but you wouldn’t know that because you don’t even know my name. STUPID STUPID PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean come on it’s really obvious but maybe not for you because your really slow like cate hahahaha but you wouldn’t know her so there. I’m sitting here with marie and telling her how stupid you are and how much stupid stuff you say in computer class i mean come on who would say that. only you hahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!! see you monday loser… from BECCA GET IT STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael says:

March 24, 2006, 12:47 am

The whole are is haunted. Drive down scripps road at night very slow. Ive seen an all white shape of a person walk behind my car last time i was there

neil says:

April 10, 2006, 7:22 pm

yeah well i used to live down scripps road ( the dirt one ) . i lived 3 houses down from m24. and every night if you looked down the road you could see something glowing.. it was weird so one day we decided to drive down there and see it. but when we got there it was gone. it may not be there anymore since they paved by my old house. and if you wanna go down and check it out my house has grey siding on it and two houses down is like a statue place.( they like make gargoyles and stuff). just so you know im not lying.

denise says:

May 17, 2006, 6:49 pm

We need to rent an old mansion in Michigan for 14-16 days in June (starting June 5th). This house would be used as a location for an independent film we are shooting. The house has to be in the tri-county area(Oackland, Wayne, Macomb counties) to work for us. We are fully insured. Rent is negotiable. Please advise if you may have something available. Thanks!

Big Bill says:

May 20, 2006, 5:52 pm

Denise, what is this independent film rated? We may be able to work something out for free rent.

Marie and Becca says:

July 27, 2006, 6:30 pm

you guys totally don’t make sense, but anyhoot this is truly a haunted place . dudes. get a life. lol.bye.

pasia and kayla says:

September 7, 2006, 9:34 pm

me and my friend had the same dream on the same night about a ghost following us into a dark closet!! it was calling our names ……so now we are very intersetead in ghost hunting and finding ……..E-mail me at pasia123@cox.net for more details – kayla and pasia

pasia and kayla says:

September 7, 2006, 9:36 pm

me and my friend had the same dream on the same night about a ghost following us into a dark closet!! it was calling our names ……so now we are very intersetead in ghost hunting and finding …we appreciate all witnesses and all evidence

pasia and kayla says:

September 7, 2006, 9:38 pm

me and my friend had the same dream on the same night about a ghost following us into a dark closet!! it was calling our names ……so now we are very intersetead in ghost hunting and finding …we appreciate all witnesses and all evidence !!!!!!! -kayla and pasia p.s – we are still are haunted today in our own special way

Nicole says:

December 9, 2006, 8:59 pm

can you see this ghost at any time, or does it have to be a certain time each night?

kimp says:

January 17, 2007, 12:51 pm

my daughter worked at the pub in canterbury and one night while waitressing they saw someone sitting out at outdoor table, but when she went out to take their order they disappeared. we went to the graveyard in that area and there many family members that died around the same day, possibly an epidemic. there have been many sitings on this land.

Nick Harris says:

February 27, 2007, 10:01 am

Thats crazy

Barg says:

August 29, 2007, 11:32 pm

I’ve walked down scripps road at night leaving the cerc building and had to walk down the dirt part, it was creepy but nothing happened, not even in front of the monks place. Didnt see anything or hear anything.

Lyndsey says:

October 2, 2007, 3:04 pm

whao thats scary because my friend and i go to canterbury village all the time. well i do remember that we thought we saw a ghost off in the distance it was so freakyy!

Sully says:

October 9, 2007, 11:04 pm

Hey, where exactly is this house located like what all roads are by it and such, could anyone give me good directions?

Amy says:

October 26, 2007, 12:07 pm

some people need to get a life. you are supposed to comment on this place and hauntings not high school ****! again to many people typing posts that cant spell! Ok story!

Nancy says:

November 2, 2007, 6:13 pm

I used to work at the Canterbury store and yes, it is haunted. At night when we were closing up and nobody but the employees were left, you could hear footsteps upstairs and I actually went up there to see if a customer was left in the building before I locked up and NOBODY was up there.

bradley k. says:

December 17, 2007, 11:27 am

heyy everyone,
yeah ive always hated canterbury village. i used to live a bit down the road off leewood drive.
anyways yeah ive always hated the place because it smelld weird and they never got new toys in the wooden toy store.ive since mooved to southern california but ill always remember the time i saw a white figure inside the carosell building back in like 1998!
~Bradley krebs

Lily says:

April 10, 2008, 2:20 pm

Hey! So I bet it is haunted. But why? Murder or what
any info write NOW!!

Lily

Amanda says:

May 7, 2008, 10:30 am

Hi, for those of you who don’t know there is a small tavern around the back of Kings Court Castle My best friend worked there for a summer, and i stopped by to pick her up one night. She still had some work to do so i volunteered to help her bus some tables and get it cleaned up in there. They have a game room in the upper level of this tavern, which is where I was with my friend. When we were up there (and I am being dead serious) not only did a hat fall off of a table, which how did that get there anyway, but a arcade style dart board turned itself on when it was unplugged. I think I said something like, “Don’t leave me! I’m never coming back here!”
–amanda

No says:

June 12, 2008, 2:06 pm

No. It’s not. I live next to the place. Right next to it. Theres no ghosts and theres like 2 restraunts and a couple shops. It’s not even that big or scary for that matter. Honestly if someone wants to actually give me a specific place in the buildings I would go look.

Alyssa Gale says:

June 14, 2008, 12:29 pm

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Louise bee says:

June 18, 2008, 11:13 am

i was wondering… could anybody go to that house like as an attraction because i really want to see if ghosts are real and i want to be in an experience with one

Tyler says:

July 17, 2008, 1:22 am

A couple of nights ago me and my friends went there around 1 in the morning to see if the rumor was true and all the lights outside turned of right when we walked by the Village Quilt Shop and another night we brought a video camera there and and we got a video of a woman with a white dress on and her hair in a bun walking around in The Clansman Gaelic Pub and just disappeared around 12 am.

Diane says:

July 24, 2008, 12:40 pm

Woah! I live pretty close to Scripps/Canterbury. I knew that whole area was pretty history-rich but I had no idea it was haunted. I’ve often rode my bike through Canterbury Village before anyone was there in the mornings. I’ve also rode my bike and walked down Scripps road. The whole place (even Canterbury) has always seemed a little eerie to me. This is awesome lol!

dan says:

July 25, 2008, 3:36 pm

The cemetary was not lost. it was on a different location than that of canterbury, i am sure of it i have been on it myslef and to say the least its freaky

cee says:

July 30, 2008, 3:54 pm

I have been to the cemetery, and it’s not at Canterbury nor is it creepy. Just old. Also, I worked at the Village for a long time, always alone, and always at night. The only thing there is what’s in people’s own imaginations. Sorry, this is total bunk.

Justin says:

October 10, 2008, 11:53 pm

I was terrorized by old man scripps while i was riding the merry go round

oscar lee says:

December 15, 2008, 9:50 pm

I called Canterbury Village and they do not have a store called Canterbury Tails store in the village.

kimmie says:

March 12, 2009, 12:00 am

I have visited this place many,many times when I lived in that area and every time I felt as if someone was always watching me…I would turn to look behide me and no one would be there..felt dark or sad hard to explain except something is going on there.uneasy place…….

Steve says:

September 18, 2009, 4:16 pm

I live in a subdivision off of Scripps Rd. and worked for many years at Canterbury Village. I was actually on the construction crew that did the demolition of the old village and build The Canterbury Village. I spent many late nights there trying to get Canterbury open to the public and I can assure you plenty of creepy, unexplained things happened to many of us. I do know for a fact that the old cemetery that was built on the old Scripps farm was bulldozed into the ground to make way for The Olde World Canterbury project. If you ask me, disrupting an old burial ground for economic development can bring nothing but evil and bad luck!

Steve says:

September 18, 2009, 4:18 pm

The store is NOT called “Canterbury Tails”, it is called “Stitch In Time.”

Sam says:

September 18, 2009, 5:38 pm

What is at this place? A house? Is there a vid about it?

anonymous says:

November 10, 2009, 6:47 pm

I am actually an employee at the large christmas store in the village. When I work evenings when it’s not busy, the place gives me the creeps. It is so scary working alone in that place, especially downstairs by all of the creepy statues. I often get very paranoid while working because several of my coworkers have told me experiences they’ve had. Two coworkers of mine told me they’ve seen black shadows run by in the corner of their eye. Also when I was talking to a woman over at the gift shop, she told me that she hears footsteps in the attic when no one is even in the store. People from the King’s Court restaraunt have also told me how they see a little girl walking around. All i’ve really experienced was elevators opening when I was in a room when nobody was around, motion sensored dolls have gone off, and a register that was turned off flickered on then back off again. I get so scared having to go in the warehouse and stockroom’s by myself, and the absolute worst is having to do a walk-through when we are closing to check if anyone is still in the store. The place definitely gives me the creeps.

anonymous says:

November 10, 2009, 6:48 pm

Also, Canterbury brought in the Motor City Ghost Hunters to come do an investigation this September. You can search them online to view their findings. It’s pretty interesting. They did seem to pick up some things.

Laura says:

July 5, 2010, 10:00 pm

I recently heard that Canterberry Village is closing. If this is accurate, then I am very sad. I visited one time, but had no paranormal experience.

Anonymous says:

August 21, 2010, 5:17 pm

No, Canterbury Village isn’t closing-

There isn’t a great economy in Michigan right now, it’s especially difficult for gift stores??? With 25% of the state unemployed-who has extra money to spend on non-necessities?

Tay says:

May 17, 2011, 12:26 pm

i live off of scripps road and i can officiallly say the place is really creepy but i haved lived here a long time and i have yet to have a paranormal experience

Jordan says:

June 26, 2011, 3:41 am

Tonight me my girlfriend and 3 other friends went to Canterbury in hope of finding some paranormal activities. Let’s start at the caresol I had always heard of the caresol being haunted and what not so I went up to it and blew on the glass and wrote “hello?” and my friend did the same thing and long after mine was completely gone hers looked like she just did it. Next we went to a building by a big silo around back and I knew about mrs scripps and the cook so me and my one friend went to one side and were looking in and asking if mrs scripps was around and when I asked if the cook was here my other friend came from around the building where he couldn’t of heard me and said he heard what sounded like2 spoons being tapped together and as soon as me and my other friends said “the cook” the red safety lights that are always on turned off inside the building. Next we were around the dress store when we saw dresses move and for some reason we all kept staring at the same window. This next one is the coolest and wildest thing I have ever experienced in my life. We went to the fudge shop and I had sat down on the path with my girlfriend and I was staring in the back window of the store when I saw a ball shaped object be slowly pulled out of my view and when I told the others we all started watching it and we watched as what turned out to be balloons move from one side of the window to the other and out of view and up and down. Not like there was ac blowing it, then we went to the front of the fudge shop and there was a balloon tied around a outer light. And we watched the balloon be pulled down numerous times and when we would address mrs scripps the balloon would move is what ever direction we asked it, there was no wind at all. Then my buddy sat on the Bench under the balloon the balloon moved away from hi
, not just a little bit to the other side of the light as far away as it could, the completely opposite direction as it had been moving before, we could see the string being pulled on, and all around the balloon was freezing cold. I recommend if you go to check this place out to be polite and respectful to the spirits and they will have no problem showing you they are there. I hope to go back soon and try And find out why the spirits are still there

Rooster says:

September 24, 2011, 12:14 am

Boo !!! I’m a ghost. I haunt the internet.

William says:

November 1, 2011, 12:35 am

i cut the lawn one summer for a few days, and I kid you not, the Mansion Is remarkable, Eerie but very elegant. Needless to say, I only cut the lawn For the few days being that its has well over 50 acres of property……very large…there was trails that needed to be weed whipped…..needless to say…They didn’t get weewhipped due to the fact that…..It felt like If you went down there, you werent comming back out….very eerie……..I think they should have a paranormal expert team come out and investigate the entire property.. Im not the kind to get sensitive to THe paranormal…but The entire time I was on the property….There was this presence all around you….as if horrible things have taken place there before in the past….IDK hope this helps!

angie r says:

August 23, 2012, 3:03 pm

I work in the village & lived in lake orion my whole life. The canturbry tails store was a store in the village many years ago. It is one of the unooccupied houses on the back of the property

angie says:

August 23, 2012, 3:55 pm

Here’s a breakdown on the buildings. The main building, Always Christmas, has said to have strange occurrences such as shadows, lights going off &on, animations turning off &on on there own. The 2nd floor &the midlevel are original structures from The Scripps estate, this is where most activity has been reported. The building behind the main store in the village has been reported by former,current emloyees and locals to have strange occurrences it is now unoccupied, used by the maintenance staff. The building use to be a resturaunt called haymaker’s it is an original structure. The Canterbury Tails store is now the office of Woodside church, when it was the Stitch in time the metro ghost hunters investigated it you can look up their results. It is an original structure from the Scripps estate it was the chaufers house. The Canterbury Gift Shop’s footsteps in the attic phenomena is actually caused by the huge animated clock that goes off every 15 minutes. I have been in the building alone in the dark, the noise freaked me out until i investigated &the found its source. It’s a beautiful place to come visit and see for yourself

Debbie says:

May 10, 2014, 7:19 pm

I am looking for the lost cemetery Bridridge on Scripps road, about 8 people buried there. No one seems to know where it is. Could it be the cemetery that was destroyed when Canterbury was built? Does anyone know the name of the cemetery that was destroyed???

Linda Bailey says:

October 14, 2014, 3:53 pm

On 10-11-14 I visited Canterbury Village. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. Yet that night, after the visit, I dreamt of a friendly ghost/spirit named Minnie. She seemed attracted to me, and I felt her presence. She appeared as a balloon…weird. Three days later I found this post, even more weird.

Joey G. says:

January 23, 2016, 7:59 pm

I’ve been to Canterbury Village before and the only thing that scared me was the price of their knick knacks.

Rebecca says:

September 3, 2016, 5:16 pm

‘Love’ all the people who state that because they experienced nothing then the place must not be haunted — you’re as bad as people who think every creak in the dark means a ghost.

In my personal experience Canterbury is indeed a very active place for ghost activity. It’s not a creepy place, other than what one’s imagination might create. “Creepy” doesn’t equal “ghost”, and vice versa. But it is a large, sprawling place with vast history and many original buildings. It doesn’t seem a stretch that spirits would linger around it.

Come check it our for yourself, since it’s free. You can go into almost any of the buildings (when they’re actually open anyway…). And nothing stops you from accessing the grounds at night either. Some folks claim to have seen see-through people or people dressed oddly and unresponsive to anything around them. But most people I’ve talked to and my own experiences were more subtle. Stuff like hearing your name called when no one is around, stuff that gets moved around overnight when no one was in the building (experienced by people who work in the back cottages), etc.

(I grew up in Lake Orion, worked at Canterbury, and have friends that own shops there.)

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