Photographer Finds Money in a Local Abandoned Home



Photo by: Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

A photographer who went into a local abandoned house to take pictures of its antiques found almost $7,000 in bundles of cash – and was then able to reunite it with its rightful owners after tracking them down.

The man only known as “Dave” came across the derelict property in Ontario, Canada after being tipped off by a friend and was desperate to go inside and capture images. I know exactly where it is, but I will never spill the beans.

After entering the property, he found a number of antiques and old family photos, as well as a yellow Home Hardware bag rolled up behind a mattress.

On opening the bag, the photographer found $6,800 in both Canadian and US dollars in tightly rolled bundles.


But despite finding the cash, Dave was keen to track down its rightful owner rather than keep it himself and then eventually managed to reunite the money with a distant relative of the house’s last owner.

‘Thirty minutes later she called back and asked me if we could meet that afternoon at the house.

‘We gave her the money, every penny, she started to cry and overwhelmed by this random act of kindness, and by the emotions she felt at being back at this house.

‘We didn’t pry or ask about family history, we offered a few hugs and just took in the moment. We posed with her for a photo, at her request, and after many many thank you hugs we went on our way.’

They later learned that the money was likely collected over decades by the woman’s grandparents from a fruit stand they owned.

Abandoned Homes of Lanark County


This is a picture of the Charles Coulter farm house, located on lot 25, concession 2 of Ramsay Township, recently owned by William Bolger.

This is log building which has been covered by siding. Recently the old building was taken down piece by piece and the foundation was repaired and the log building was re-erected and covered with white vinyl siding. The interior of the house has been retained as it was originally..


This building apparently was known as the “Travelling Ministers Residence” and was originally located in Tatlock Village for the travelling ministers to stay over night during their tours around Lanark Township.

This building is located on lot 20, concession 8, Lanark Township.

Where is this?

This is the Sawyer home from Herron’s Mills. What happened to it? Read About it in Burning Down the House.

Abandoned house at Herrons Mills, Ontario

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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