Alma Ladies College of St. Thomas

Alma Ladies College Location – – South-end of Moore Street (at Mcintyre) St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (Destroyed by fire in 2008) – MAP

History

Alma Ladies College, St. Thomas, Ontario

 

Alma Ladies College was once an impressive Victorian school built in 1881 as a solution for the idea that young women should be given spiritual and educational growth. When opened, there was the main school, a chapel, a meeting hall, and an outdoor amphitheatre.

To this day there are Alma College alumni from Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Caribbean and Japan.

Alma College closed in 1994 due to a lack of registration and funding. For 14 years the town of St. Thomas planned to turn it into a Retirement Home.

Then in 2008 a fire broke out and destroyed the entire main building.  Two teens, ages 15 and 16 showed no remorse when being given the maximum fine of 2 years probation and 240 hours of community service.

But question still remains whether they did it.  The record says they were smoking cigarettes before being spotted and running from the building, but later details showed intent, as one of the kids joked “Wouldn’t it be funny if Alma burned down”.  He was the one to light a mattress on fire in the basement.

Alma Ladies College, St. Thomas, Ontario - fire destroys building in 2008
Fire destroys building in 2008

Ghosts

Alma Ladies College, St. Thomas, Ontario - The ladies take a picture

Angela haunted Alma. She was first noticed in the 1930’s by a teacher. This teacher didn’t tell anybody about the ghost until after she retired.

In 1974, author Eileen Sonin wrote publicly about Angela for her book, “More Canadian Ghosts”. Sonin visited Alma that same year to experience the ghost first hand. The dean gave her a tour, and showed Sonin to the most common haunted location… the middle tower room.

Nobody knows for sure who Angela is, but one legend says that she was an unpopular music teacher. The students jokingly locked her in that tower room and forgot to let her out. She died of starvation.

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Alma Ladies College, St. Thomas, Ontario - Current view from the road
Current view from the road (2017)

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