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Abandoned Cat Lady House

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Discovered by TWP
Created Jun 26 2012
Recent status Arson
Category House Or Farm
City Burlington, Ontario
Location # 4972

This was the home of Flora Fern Noak Miller. Flora was born in 1909 to Guy I.S. Miller and Laura Miller (nee Noak). The family most likely lived in Middlesex, Vermont. Flora had three other siblings, brothers Herbert and Irving and sister Grace. Her family moved to Quebec in 1914.

Flora married Simon Ernest McCullough in 1934.

Around 1970 Flora moved to Walker's Line and had a home constructed on her property. Now retired, she operated a hobby farm in which she raised horses, ducks and geese. By this time Flora was a senior citizen and sought assistance from the neighbours to clean the barn and to feed the animals. Some of the neighbours owned the horses that resided on the property.

Flora sought to build a second house on the property that was closer to the main road so that she wouldn't be snowed in during the winter. The old house would be given to a younger couple who would assist in the upkeep of the property which was slowly deteriorating.

Flora died in 1999 at the age of 90

The house and property are watched by Conservation Halton, They also maintain the driveway during the winter months.

Latlng: (43.410663, -79.851562)

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PNKRanger Found this kinda neat old photocopy from 1982 paper. Wonder what kind of stuff Fern was selling back then. (look in Garage Sale Section) http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/MPL/MPL002500549pf_0698.pdf

Oct 15 2013

PNKRanger I can't read all the location comments, but I'm guessing an issue with location leaking is occurring. Just wanted to add in a thought. Growing up in the Halton Region and my Father working for the Board, they pretty much only hire students to maintain properties. This makes me wonder if maybe in discussion with peers they disclose it without even realizing which leads to vandals making their way

Oct 15 2013
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Unknown user When the new access system rolls out, one option for Gold Status MIGHT be to grant/deny others from Youtubing/Blogging crucial details about the location. Free speech in Canada of course. If you go against the location creator's wishes, you'd lose your access. Too draconian? We'll discuss it on the forum.

Oct 15 2013
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Unknown user CCC...delete the comment with the address.

Oct 15 2013

doom vs It's also the trickle down effect. Moving beyond the original explorer, loose lips blah blah. Only takes one person in a given circle to breech the barrier so to speak to those with other intentions. Friends of friends of friends and the location will be sunk. One wants to share, but like with any information, two with knowledge can be one too many. Alas.

Oct 15 2013

timekeeper so someone, elsewhere has posted her full name as well?? $hit

Oct 15 2013
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Unknown user Google "Fern Mccullough cat lady" and a blog and two Youtube videos come up. So a viewer could have Googled her name and found the legal document with the address. One video even has the address in the comments. When you allow comments and/or disclose the name... bad things happen.

Oct 15 2013

crazycarclub Sad how much has changed since i was here in March. From no graffiti, to tagging everywhere.

Oct 15 2013

timekeeper To Riddim's point though, who has posted it's coordinates elsewhere? As far as I know this is the only place where it's actual location has been published - am I wrong?

Oct 15 2013
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Unknown user If this location were exclusive to OAP, I might agree but it's published on many sites. Absolutely disgusting what these a-holes have done to the place.

Oct 15 2013
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Unknown user Seeing all the tagging leads me to believe there's a leak or taggers with FM access. Not a place you'd just stumble upon while out tagging.

Oct 15 2013

DIIV Definitely my favourite house that I've been too. Fern seems like a cool lady!

Sep 30 2013

ground state In the last two years, just think what a persona this woman has been for Ontario explorers. I feel like I have shared in her life so much and if anyone says "cat lady" here or on other sites, it is incredible. Everyone knows her.

Sep 17 2013

Miche I don't have words to describe how sad this is. I have yet to visit, but I'll be making a trip out soon. DIIV, let's go together. This place is a bit creepy.

Sep 16 2013

HudsonTL Just noticed all the pictures on the fireplace weren't there in phrenzee's album a year ago. Same goes for the wheel chairs. Someone tried to "creep" this place up a bit.

Aug 07 2013