Dream a Little Dream About a Certain Carleton Place Tree


Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Facebook Page

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin of our beloved local museum asked:

These McDiarmid girls posed by the rapids on McArthur Island in the spring of 1914. I wonder if the tree still stands?

I am going to be frank and tell you I had a dream that I could actually stand in that same location next to that tree. I have lots of trees that age in my own yard and it still had to be there right?


I made my way down the worn paths and noticed the shoe tree was gone when they cleared out the trees a few years ago.


Almost there….


Here is the spot and the large indentation in the earth.No tree, and the ones standing are fairly young. Sadly I walked back knowing I could not pick up one of the branches and wave it in the air like one of the McDiarmid sisters.


But I did stop and pay respects and remember this exact day like it was yesterday. Some trees last forever, some do not, just like life. Time spent among the trees even if some do not exist is never wasted time.

Shot in 2011

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.

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