Romancing the Mississippi Hotel in 1961


          — Ottawa Journal 1959–

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 —-In August 24 1961—-

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Outside, the historic stone walls remained the same in 1961, but the interior was transformed to contain a spacious dining room complete with wall to wall broadloom and attractive draperies. The decorative theme was brown with blue accents. Everything from light snacks to full course meals would be served daily in that grand ole lady of Carleton Place. The main reason for the overhaul was because of the devastating fire in 1959 that destroyed the top floor. There were now 22 bedrooms and a second floor writing room and TV Lounge. During the recent renovation owner David Lemay discovered an old deed in which the property was sold in 1869 for $50. Not a typo-50 bucks!


Long gone were the days of the forefathers of the pioneers and the travelers from the old logging days. The Mississippi Hotel also once accommodated sample rooms for merchants who came by horse and buggy from surrounding Valley towns. There was a great ice house alongside the hotel, and the beloved livery where a romantic couple could rent a horse and buggy. Remembering the year 1961– when David and Lorraine Lemay extended an invitation to all to visit and inspect the modernized interior of the old-new Mississippi Hotel.

                                                                              1961 and 2013

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 1961 and 2013
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The Old Carleton Place Mississippi Hotel

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Modern photos by Linda Seccaspina

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.

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