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Revisiting Mother Barnes’ Plum Hollow Log Cabin

Posted by Lori Ann Sanche on

Lori Ann Sanche, co-Editor of, brings you our feature article.

Mother Barnes’ bucolic early 19th century hewn log cabin, located on what is now called Mother Barnes Road near the rural community of Plum Hollow in Eastern Ontario, is a superbly restored testament to a renowned clairvoyant’s prolonged life and work in this region. Elizabeth Barnes, known locally as Mother Barnes and more widely after her death by the specious title of “The Witch of Plum Hollow”, bought her cabin in the late 1850s or early 1860s, and stayed there until her death in 1891, providing reportedly accurate tea-leaf readings daily to the large numbers of enthralled patrons who came to see her from all over Canada and the USA.

This article will be available on this page soon with reference links, but you can read it now by clicking here for a PDF version.

Also, watch our first HPOC Show about Mother Barnes' cabin!

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