Angels Walk Among Us – The Mina Rollason Abandoned Ontario Farm

Angels Walk Among Us abandoned house

Blink and you just might miss the Mina Rollason farm along a road in Southern Ontario. The farm is quiet these days, the only sound to be heard is the wind as it caresses the leaves of the tress hovering over Mina’s house.

Mina Jean was born on August 5, 1916 to a feisty Scotsman Duncan Campbell and his wife Kate in Windsor,Ontario and she was the oldest sibling of Norma, Annie, Glenn and Lloyd. The family later relocated to London, Ontario where Mina met her future husband Reginald. The couple had a son Ronnie and a daughter Rosalie who had the distinction of being the first baby born to a Canadian soldier after the Second World War began.

While her husband was away fighting in the Second World War, Mina kept the family together and had many hopes and dreams for their future. After the war the family purchased a farm and had a third child, Rolly. The picture perfect family that Mina had envisioned didn’t last though, for less than five years later Reginald had left the family to pursue his own life goals – goals that didn’t include raising three children on a farm.

Mina was determined to raise her family on her own and decided that the farm was going to remain their home. Mina was not raised on a farm but was determined to learn any necessary tasks to provide for her family. Mina butchered her own pigs, made her own bread, grew a garden and canned, pickled and preserved everything that she was able to harvest. She raised chickens for meat and eggs and customers were always ready to buy her surplus. Her food products from her kitchen which were sought after in the community. The proceeds of her food sales was enough to put Rosalie through Nursing School.

Many of the local brides had their showers catered with trays of sandwiches, tarts and squares as well as a wedding cake that were all prepared by Mina. Mina loved to make people happy and would spend more hours preparing the food she sold than she ever charged for.

Mina also served as a 4H homemaking club member. She sewed both her own and her children’s clothing and became skilled in creating crafts These skills led to her obtaining a job at the Thames Secondary School in London for ten years before she retired at age 65. Mina was an avid hockey fan and once had her neighbours over until 3:00 am listening to the hockey game on the radio. She surprised many of the teenaged students whom she taught baking by being able to list team names, numbers and statistics.

Mina was gifted in that she was able to quickly learn new skills while being able to teach others those same skills – something she did while teaching classes at the YMCA. Mina’s daughter in law remembers her teaching the grandchildren macrame, crochet and knitting at the same time she was canning peaches in a steaming hot kitchen.

Mina was stubborn and of the generation that didn’t necessarily believe in doctors. Her father had never taken a pill in his life and Mina didn’t intend to either. This attitude caused problems when Mina turned 90 and required medication.

Mina loved all of the animals that lived in the woods surrounding her farm – chipmnks, squirrels, raccoons, family dogs and many cats. Uncaring pet owners began taking advantage of this by dropping off their unwanted pets by Mina’s mailbox. This is somewhat evident to today’s explorer walking through her house today – litter boxes can be found in many of the rooms and there is an unmistakable scent of cat urine.

Mina enjoyed a long life and passed away on April 2, 2011 at the age of 95.

The farm remains as she has left it approximately four years ago and in some of the rooms the electricity still works

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Mina Rollason

View as you approach the house. A patio door is ajar, inviting you in.

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Clothes hang in the closet. World War Two documents were to be found in this bedroom.

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The kitchen suffered a broken water pipe in the winter of 2015. When I revisited this location water was pouring out. I was going to turn the water flow off but the water was flowing over top of a power box.

The smell of cat urine was overwhelming. Mina had been a cat lover, we found litter boxes inside.

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The house is what I’d call a time crapsule. Still very much left the way it had been, but having been picked over and not quite “untouched” looking.

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The doors were removed from this cabinet when I returned in 2015.

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Soldiers papers

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September 1972 licence plate

The house has now been almost entirely cleaned out. Photos: Motleykiwi (below)

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Abandoned Cat Lady House in Burlington

The Cat Lady House in Burlingon, Ontario stands out for many explorers because it was the first place where they had an opportunity to explore their first time capsule house. It was first discovered by the explorer known as Freaktography.

A time capsule is a reference to a location that’s been perfectly preserved for several years if not decades. The house was located at 4250 Walker’s Line in Burlington, Ontario.

It belonged to Flora Fern Miller (b. 1909). Flora and her husband Simon McCullough moved to the city of Burlington during the 1970s. 

Flora, now retired, decided to open a hobby farm under the name of Ferndale Farms. 

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Abandoned: The Cat Lady House in Burlington
kitchen area in the Cat Lady House

Animals on the farm included ducks, geese, and racing horses. Fern also provided care for the neighbour’s horses. 

The 43-acre Cat Lady House property was home to many animals that randomly showed up to the farm, “Outsiders” as Fern called them. The animals included 24 raccoons, 3 opossums, a wolf named Pinocchio, 5 deer and several rabbits. 
As Fern grew older, she sought the assistance of neighbours for help with feeding the animals and cleaning the barn. 

The Cat Lady House - wallpapered walls and ceiling
Yes that’s wallpaper on the ceiling

even the ceiling is wallpapered in this room
More wallpaper on the ceiling (how did it stay there?)

To avoid being snowed in during the winter, Fern had a second house built close to Walker’s Line. The older house was given to a couple who in turn would help in the upkeep of the aging property.

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Wallpaper on the ceiling even in the bathroom

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That’s me

The Cat Lady House
There’s a security door that allows the upstairs to be locked, presumably while you’re sleeping.
And more wallpaper!

Fern was an avid lover of cats. She owned between seven to ten cats. Her house was filled with cat decorations, cat scrapbooks, cat calendars, cat ceramics, and of course pictures of her cats. 

photo album of cats
Photo credit: DIIV 

Fern owned a Cadillac that had cats airbrushed onto the body and a custom license plate “Cats 14”. 

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Fern’s car had cat murals – of course
Photo credit: DIIV 

The house was uniquely decorated with almost every room in the home covered in wallpaper including the ceilings. Even the bathroom was wallpapered! 

The Cat Lady House

When Fern was hospitalized in 1995, she had a friend visit her three times a day to care for her and to deliver meals. This friend would regularly visit Fern to provide her with food, take her for ice cream, etc. 

With her health fading, Fern signed a “Do Not Resuscitate” order on February 17, 2000. She passed away the following day. 

The Cat Lady House

The Cat Lady House
Things had been picked through during my visit. You can see my car outside.

Fern had previously expressed a desire for her property to be used as a conservation area or wildlife refuge and that some of her belongings be given to the Oakville Humane Society. 

It appears that a legal dispute arose between the person once responsible for her care and with Conservation Halton, the organization some believe Fern willed her property to. 

Some of the items found by explorers included a note left on the fridge instructing “Dad” to handle the kittens three times daily. There were various items spilled across the kitchen counters though the kitchen was remarkably intact. 

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The rummaging by trespassers is evident. Photo: DIIV 

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Photo credit: DIIV 

There were medication containers in the kitchen and personal hygiene items on the bathroom counter. The fridge contained food from 2002. 

An unmistakable smell of cat urine hung in the air from the litter boxes stacked on top of another. 

Within a year portions of the ceiling began to fall down. By 2013, vandals had found the property and spray painted the walls and television. 

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Cat bones – Photo credit: DIIV 

The Cat Lady House

By 2014 most everything inside had been tossed about, destroyed, succumbed to natural events or been stolen. In 2014 a German medium (a person who can speak with the deceased) alleged that Fern contacted her stating that she was still living in the house. 

The story of the Cat Lady House came to an end on February 2nd, 2016 when it was destroyed by arson. 

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Arson
Photo credit: DIIV 


A new home has been built on the property. And so ends the story of the Burlington Cat Lady.