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Movie Monday: Jaunt to Fort Hamilton

Canon with a view
Canon with a view

Are there ghosts at Fort Hamilton? Not that we experienced, nor have I been able to locate any information about it being haunted. However, during our trip to Bermuda, we did have a wonderful time jaunting around the fort as part of our sightseeing in Hamilton.

The grounds are absolutely stunning. Beautifully kept grass with lush tropical trees await as soon as you enter the fort. (Which, bonus, is free! That’s my husband’s kind of jaunt!)

View from the rampart looking down on the grounds
View from the rampart looking down on the grounds

When you get to the top of the ramparts, prepared to be dazzled. Wow! The views of the Hamilton’s harbor and city are spectacular. I’m thinking the fort may be one of the best places to take in such scenery.

Hamilton Harbor
Hamilton Harbor from the ramparts of Fort Hamilton
Houses and harbor
View of the hillside houses with the harbor below

There’s also a neat garden. I loved the paved path leading up to the flower-lined pergola.

ArborWhen you first enter the fort, you cross a “drawbridge” that traverses the moat. The really neat thing is going down in the Magazine and, from there, you can access and explore the Magazine Moat Garden.

It felt sort of creepy-ish in the Magazine, but only because it was old, stone, sort of underground…the kind of atmosphere that always lends itself to creepy.

To the Magazine Moat Garden
To the Magazine Moat Garden
Descending into the Magazine
Descending into the Magazine

 

One of the passageways in the Magazine
One of the passageways in the Magazine
In the Magazine
In the Magazine
Ammunition Storage Room
Ammunition Storage Room

 

This way to the Moat Garden
This way to the Moat Garden

Where I felt both the most at peace (it was serenely quiet down there), and yet perhaps not alone (I was so alone I didn’t feel alone, you know?), was in the Moat Garden. Maybe because there were very few other tourists around, my husband had decided to go explore on his own and leave me to my picture taking and movie making. I had the whole place to myself, which was both exhilarating and terrifying.

There I was in an ex-moat all by myself with lush vegetation all around me and my overactive imagination thinking of dozens of horror movies I’d seen where such a scenario had played out–girl on vacation exploring a new place gets separated from her party and something comes after her. Gulp! I fit that bill!

Spooky passageway in the Galleries
Spooky passageway in the Galleries

By the time I arrived at the Galleries and found a super groovy long passageway, I had myself pretty worked up. My nerves were tense waiting for something or someone to jump out at me. I would’ve loved to venture deeper inside had I known where my husband was (and perhaps even had him with me). I would’ve maybe even tried conducting an EVP session just for the heck of it. This was where I felt strongest that if any spirits were roaming about, it’d be down in the Moat Garden or near the Galleries.

Alas, now I may never know.

But I did discover they use the moat during Halloween week to create a “Haunted Playground.” It’d make a wonderful Halloween venue.

Here’s the video I created of our jaunt to Fort Hamilton. It shows more of the Moat Garden if you’re interested in seeing that. Enjoy!

 

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her on a tennis court somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
http://www.courtneymroch.com

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