The Ghost Story of Lover’s Lane

Odds and Ends – an artist’s notebook

Oct 26th – In the spirit of Halloween, I have re-posted an edited version of last year’s short film: the Legend of Lover’s Lane. Based on the long standing legend from Ancaster (Ont) of what happen at the Hermitage Mansion in the early years of the 19th century.

The Ghost of Lover’s Lane – Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster, Ontario

Odds and Ends – Monday June 8, 2015

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist, outside the campus art gallery
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist; outside the campus art gallery.

In the next week or so, the re-building of the Hermitage Ruins will begin.  My understanding is that the process will start with the numbering of all the stone in the main structure.  I have not heard yet whether they are going to save the remains of the outer buildings or not.

Last year, I had the good fortune to have the founder of Ghost Walks to show me the ruins. He told me the tale of Lover’s Lane and the Hermitage Ruins.  A few weeks later, I went on the actual tour – at night.  It was an amazing experience, and I strongly recommend the experience to everyone.

For those of you who missed the original posting, here is a repeat of the Legend of Lover’s Lane.

Chris Erskine



Hermitage #HamOnt – Part 8

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Urban Landscape Artist - Chris Erskine
Urban Landscape Artist – Chris Erskine


This is part 8 and the final installment of the unfinished Hermitage Ruins doc.  Last year, as it appeared that the Hermitage would be partial demolished, a group of activists held a gathering at the Hermitage.  Their goal, to save the Hermitage.

This short and unfinished film follows some of the lead organizers as they explore the ruins and try to understand the location of the various buildings on the site.

It was a wonderful day of exploration, and really captured the power of the Hermitage over the imagination of those who visit the site.

Hope you enjoy the final installment.

Chris Erskine


Hermitage – Part 7

Visual Artist - 24 May 2015
Visual Artist – 24 May 2015


Here is part 7 of the Hermitage.



Chris Erskine


Hermitage – Part 6

Artist Chris Erskine - Hamilton, Ont.
Artist Chris Erskine – Hamilton, Ont.

Hope everyone is having a fun long weekend. Here is another installment of a walk around the Hermitage Ruins, located in Hamilton, Ontario.


Chris Erskine


Hermitage – part 5

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Chris Erskine Artist - 11 My 2015
Chris Erskine Artist – 11 My 2015


Hope everyone is well.  Family still keeping me busy.  Here is part 5 of my unfinished film on saving the hermitage.  I still find it an amazing journey of discovery and what makes the Hermitage such an amazing place to visit and explore.

Chris Erskine


Odds and Ends – Hermitage – Part 4

Chris Erskine Artist - May 2, 2015
Chris Erskine Artist – May 3, 2015

Busy with family events, so I am unable to do my regular Odds and Ends postings.  Instead, I am quickly posting some raw clips from an unfinished film project on the saving of the Hermitage Ruins.  These clips were filmed last summer and were suppose to be short film on the efforts to save this great piece of local history.  What I particularly liked about the day and the film is the sense of discovery that one experiences as people explore the Hermitage Ruins that is located in Ancaster, Ontario.  I hope this kind of experience is not lost in the future.

So, here is part 4 of saving the Hermitage Ruins.

Chris Erskine Artist


Hermitage Part 3

quick update
26 April 2015

Here is the 3rd part of the unfinished project from the summer of 2014. It was a fun and interesting afternoon hearing stories about the past and possible spirits.  As mentioned before, I am busy with family commitments.

chris erskine


Odds & Ends – Hermitage Part 2

20 Apr 2015

Odds & Ends for April 20th, 2015
Odds & Ends for April 20th, 2015


For the next 4-5 weeks, I will be busy with family commitments; so here are some raw footage of past film projects.  This week, part 2 of the never completed film project on the saving of the Hermitage Ruins that are located in Ancaster, Ontario.

Chris Erskine


Odds and Ends – #savethehermitage

Odds and Ends for Monday, April 13th, 2015.  Every Monday, I post things that didn’t make it into a finish project.  This week: the Save the Hermitage Doc.



Over the next few weeks, I will post clips from this first day of shooting of an indie short film that never materialized.


Chris Erskine