Carleton Place Rules the World — Almonte Waves a White Flag!



Al Photos by Linda Seccaspina

If you read my story about the Ballygiblin Riots, you know there has been a deep rivalry between Almonte and Carleton Place for years. Last week I took a brave step for mankind, and visited the Mississippi Valley Textile Mill Museum in Almonte. Now get this Carleton Place citizens– Admin Assistant: Matthew Moxley, and Executive Director / Curator: Michael Rikley are extending a personal invitation to their Almonte Museum. I mean, look at that picture, they love us!

I am sure you are now saying,

“Oh darn, Linda is writing a boring Museum piece, let’s stop reading now.”

BUT WAIT- take a walk on the wild side with me for a bit!

Since I began my personal mission to create awareness for our area, I have stopped haunting the online celebrity sites, and now digging in old files. Why? Because I want to know the rest of the story.


Not only is the Mississippi Valley Textile Mill Museum part of YOUR heritage, but there is a story I want to do about their bathroom. Have I now piqued your interest?

I finally understand Museums are responsible for protecting the information about our heritage. Without them, these items might be lost to time, or some private collector might be hawking this stuff on eBay. Unlike other Museums in the United States and Europe, Almonte and Carleton Place don’t ban selfie sticks either.

Talk to any one that works for a Museum, and find out how they fund it.  It’s like running across a bed of nails. Many of the Museums in Ottawa are funded by the government or city. However, operating budgets of Museums like Carleton Place and Almonte are pretty bare-bones. These people don’t do this job for themselves….they do it for you. Without your support they may have to close!


For you gents that tag along with the ladies who aren’t really interested in stitchery, they have early mill history and some “manly” period mill equipment, and then there’s that bathroom. You’ve got to love it!


So why should Carleton Place give a hooey about the Almonte Museum? Because, my friends, most of the raw wool in Canada is sent to Carleton Place first for global distribution. We actually rule the wool world! Our local co-operative that you see while you sit in the Drive-Thru at the Carleton Place Tim Horton’s grades and markets close to 3 million pounds of raw wool each year. The majority of this coming from Québec, Ontario, and Alberta. Put that in your Double-Double!  You see, Almonte could never really live without us, so it’s time to be neighbourly and visit. Don’t you think?


Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

3, Rosamond St. E.
Almonte, Ontario
K0A 1A0

October to March
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm.

April to September
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm.
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm.

Children under 12 are always free

Admission $5.00
Members admitted without charge

The Carleton Place Beckwith and Hertiage Museum is open SEVEN days a week: Monday through Saturday 1 – 4pm and on Sundays from 1 – 4pm. So yes, visit us this afternoon and also come see the memories of Annie E. Duff.

As always, please call us to arrange a visit outside of these hours.

For more information or to book a tour, call 613-253-7013 or email us at

The Rosamond Woolen Company’s Constipation Blues


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

3 responses »

  1. And these boys have seen to it that old issues of the Almonte Gazette from 1861 to 1989 are now searchable online for researchers to use!!!!! What a wonderful resource for historians and genealogists or those who are just plain curious!


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