Smoke on the Water Walking Tour –The Great Carleton Place Fires


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A look at the darker history of Carleton Place!  Hear about the many Bridge Street fires and the one that almost destroyed the street. This tour follows along the Carleton Place Main Street with stories about the famous Mississippi Hotel Fire that a floor of the hotel was lost forever.  We stop along the way to listen to stories about the various business fires– those that are remembered, and those whose tales are forgotten.

Did you now there is one building that still has a ghost that remains from the ashes of the fire? Hear about the fire at Zion Church and Mrs. James Gillies home across the street that only been built for 3 years. As we walk to the end of Bridge Street we finish on the site of one of the most famous fires– that of Dr. Johnson’s home.

Join us after at Ballygiblin’s where we will share free slabs of locally hot baked bread topped with garlic and mixed cheese accompanied with homemade double smoked bacon jam!

See you then- Wednesday August 19th, at 6:45 P.M. in front of Moore House (170 Bridge Street) across from the Carleton Place Town Hall

Approx Time- 645 P.M- 8 P.M


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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