Do You Know What I Found?


In my book about Carleton Place called “Tilting the Kilt” I wrote about Jennfier Fenwick Irwin and I becoming a Nancy Drew of sorts. I had discovered names carved into one of the pews at St. James, and I wanted to find out who they were.

“This morning as I attended Thursday morning service I looked at two names that were crudely scratched into the top of the pew. I had seen these faded names hundreds of times throughout the years but I never really gave it much thought.

Who were E. Virtue and C. Mull I asked myself?
What were their stories?”

Well I discovered one great story, and also learned from Jennifer that all around Carleton Place clues are carved into trees, bricks, and pavement from days gone by. Behind the Leslie building on Bridge Street I found some more treasures.


So, a very long time ago in the late 1800’s the two Leslie sisters carved their names in the brick, and the imprints still exist today. There quite plainly is, M. Leslie, which would belong to Marjorie Leslie sitting in that canoe on the Mississippi River. The picture was found in Howard  Morton Brown’s book, “Founded Upon a Rock”.

What have you found?

If You Squint Really Hard Can you see a Yeti?

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. Hi Linda!
    Congrats on the council seat. No more drama, let the revitalization of Carleton Place begin!! I belive that you will make a difference.

    I live in a condo in the Bolton Brown Mill and an currently in the condo board. We are very intrested in enhancing the look of this beautiful historical building. We would like to resotre the writing that is on the external wall of the North/ East side of the bulding, but we are not able to make clearly what the sign reads. I know that you have a lot of historical knowlege in our region. Would you know what the washed out sign says? Would there be pictures somewhere that would show the sign.

    You can email me and I can share the current photo.




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