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Tomgallon House
Location information
Type

House

Location

Queen's Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Owner(s)
Resident(s)
  • Minerva Tomgallon (current)
  • Paul Tomgallon
  • Lydia Tomgallon
  • Eliza Tomgallon
  • Emilia Tomgallon
  • Louise Tomgallon
  • Patience Tomgallon
  • Sophia Tomgallon
  • Mary Tomgallon
  • Annabella Tomgallon
  • Ronald Tomgallon
  • Reuben Tomgallon
  • Alexander Tomgallon
  • Oscar Tomgallon
  • Matthew Tomgallon
  • Miss Tomgallon
  • Richard Tomgallon
  • Cook (current)
  • Maid (current)

Tomgallon House was a great, gloomy abode located on Queen's Street, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

HistoryEdit

ConstructionEdit

Miss Minerva Tomgallon's great-grandfather, Paul Tomgallon, issued the Tomgallon House to be built. An unknown carpenter constructed it. Paul held the carpenter to the contract, although the price was far more than he (the carpenter) had expected. This ruined the carpenter, and he cursed the Tomgallon House.

HousewarmingEdit

On the first night the Tomgallon House was occupied, during the housewarming celebration, Paul Tomgallon fell down the grand-staircase, landed on a tiger rug in the hall, and broke his neck.

"This house was consecrated by human blood."
Minerva Tomgallon

FireEdit

Lydia Tomgallon, the aunt of Minerva, was the only red-haired Tomgallon. One night, in the north room, her hair caught on fire from a candle. She dashed shrieking from the room. She was extremely beautiful, proud, and vain. She did not burn to death: however, all of her beauty was lost. Lydia never exited the house after that, and left orders that her coffin was to be closed when she died, so she would not be seen.

Rocking ChairsEdit

Minerva's sister, a widow, (first name unknown), returned home after her husband's death. She died from a stroke in a rocking chair.

Boiling PotsEdit

Minerva's sister's daughter was scalded to death in the kitchen with a pot of boiling water.

DisappearancesEdit

Eliza Tomgallon, Minerva's would-be half aunt, disappeared when she was six years old, and was never seen again.

Hot ClosetsEdit

Eliza's mother — Minerva's step-grandmother — once had been very cruel to an orphan niece of Minerva's grandfather, who was being brought up at the Tomgallon House. She locked the girl up in a closet for punishment on a hot summer's day, and when she opened the door to let the child out, the lass was dead.

SwordsEdit

The sword hanging at the head of the stairs was a British sword, given to Minerva's great-great-grandfather, an officer in the army. The land on which the Tomgallon House was built was given to him as a grant for his services—on which he never set foot. His wife, the mother of Paul Tomgallon, lived in the house for a few weeks, but died shortly thereafter. She did not survive long after her son's tragic death.

TwinsEdit

In one room of the house, Minerva showed Anne two statues who seemed to be scowling at each other from the opposite sides of the fireplace. Ronald and Reuben, Minerva's uncles, were twins who hated one another. They quarrelled from birth—which darkened their mother's life. During their final quarrel, in the self-same room where their statues stood, there was a gigantic thunderstorm. Reuben was killed by a lightning bolt—and Ronald never got over it.

Wedding RingsEdit

Ronald's wife swallowed her wedding ring, and Ronald thought it very careless and wouldn't have anything done. She always felt so unmarried.

Physical appearanceEdit

The Tomgallon house was a large, gloomy house big enough for four families. It had great chimneys, green shutters, and was very well-kept.

AppearancesEdit

Book appearances

Locations
Cities
Boston | Charlottetown
Houses
Bonnyview | Echo Lodge | The Evergreens | Glen St. Mary manse | Green Gables
House of Dreams | Ingleside | Lone Willow Farm | Lynde's Hollow | Maplehurst | Mount Holly
Orchard Slope | Patty's Place | Tomgallon House | Windy Poplars | The Yellow House
Nature
Haunted Wood | Hester Gray's garden | Lake of Shining Waters | Lover's Lane | Rainbow Valley
Provinces
Manitoba | New Brunswick | Nova Scotia | Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Saskatchewan
Schools
Avonlea school | Glen St. Mary school | Queen's Academy | Redmond College | Summerside High School
Towns
Bolingbroke | Grafton | Hopetown | Kingsport | Summerside
Villages
Avonlea | Carmody | Glen St. Mary | Harbour Head | Lowbridge | Millward
Newbridge | Scottsford | Spencervale | Upper Glen | White Sands
Other
Avonlea Hall | Canada | Four Winds | Hammond Sawmill
Old St. John's Cemetery | Over-Harbour | Spook's Lane | Tomorrow

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