The Tale of the Burning Bride


The Christmas Attic – House in the Country is a charming shop on Fairfax Street with an added attraction — the ghost of a young woman is said to visit from time to time.

In the mid-1860s, this building was the home of the Schaeffer family. Young Laura was upstairs in her wedding gown, preparing for her special day. It is speculated that she stepped too close to the fireplace, and the long train of her wedding dress caught fire. The guests were down in the garden, unable to hear her screams. The next day Laura died of her burns. A few weeks later, her fiance committed suicide.

Laura’s ghost is said to visit the shop occasionally. Some people have even reported her presence in the restroom.

While the tale told by the ghost tour guide is embellished, and they freely admit it, there is a kernel of truth in this story. A young woman did live here and died of burns before her wedding. As for the presence of spirits, that I cannot confirm. I guess Laura wasn’t in the mood to receive visitors the day I visited the shop.

8 Responses to The Tale of the Burning Bride

  1. Olivier says:

    Laura, comme tout bon fantôme qui se respecte, a le droit a une journée de repos par semaine. pas de chance, c’est le jour où tu as visite la boutique ;o) je pense que cela doit attirer pas mal de touristes , tout cet univers de fantomes. j’aime beaucoup ces histoires, j’espere qu’il y en a encore.

    Laura, like any good self-respecting ghost, has the right to one day of rest per week. bad luck, it is the day when you have visited the shop. 🙂 I think that that must attract a lot of tourists, all this universe of ghosts. I very much like these stories, I hope that there is still more.

  2. Kate says:

    “The Burning Bride”–how gruesome! Shop looks interesting, tho. Interesting how these spooky and macabre stories fascinate us!

  3. Nathalie says:

    Ghost ghost go away, come again another day !
    You will need repeat visits to get a chance to see the burning bride… if you ever get to see her, please let us know and grab your camera!!! LOL

  4. Brenda says:

    Just found your blog this morning, it is an interesting read. I have always been interested in “ghost” stories.

  5. Melinda Brovelli says:

    I adore your description! It makes the photo come absolutely alive!

  6. Passante says:

    Wow, I had forgotten that story. I heard it a long time ago. Thanks so much for reminding me of it.

    This is a cool series of spooky posts.

  7. Annie says:

    Another perfectly spooky tale for the Halloween spirit in all of us.

  8. mariemcc says:

    Olivier, darn, I had forgotten about that! She probably has submitted a grievance to her ghost union representative. Tourists do seem to like the ghost stories. The shop even mentions Laura ont their website.

    Kate, yeah, really bad way to go.

    Nathalie, I pass by there from time to time, always with my camera. 🙂

    Brenda, Glad you found ADP and thanks for visiting.

    Melinda, grazie!

    Passante, glad you had a good time in Italy. I thought these ghost stories might be right up your alley.

    Annie, I think it’s the most fun time of year.

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