Is The First Carleton Place Settler Buried Behind the Gourmet Grub?


The Moore’s were the first family to arrive in Carleton Place and hosted the Morphy family who arrived in 1819 and
moved on to settle close to the falls.The Moore home was a single storey log cabin which burnt down and was replaced by another. It was rumored that William Moore Sr. was buried on the site, which is located behind the schoolhouse on the junction of Hwy. 7 at the “Welcome to Carleton Place”

The log home structure on the main street of Carleton Place is the second home of the Moore Family. (Home of the Roy Brown Museum and the Chamber of Commerce)Jayne Monroe– Ouimet.



The “Welcome to Carleton Place” sign is behind the popular Gourmet Grub Chip Truck. When I spoke about it this week– one of our Museum members Lorna Drummond, wanted to go ‘twitching’ (not to be confused with twerking) behind the truck. She says the method works for skeletal remains also.

From Buddyzee Fisher —A member of the Moore family said William is not buried there. Most of the Moores are at the cemetery on the 8th line and also up near Beachberg.

So what is at that lot near the four corners.. Maybe some day we will find out


This week a UK homeowner discovered that she was sitting on an archaeological goldmine – when a 13th century chapel was excavated in her front garden. Mary Hudd, 68, was having trees removed from the garden when workers discovered unusual footings in the front of her country cottage.She then invited a local archaeological group to investigate – and they spent a year uncovering a 19ft x 52ft chalk block structure – and also found remnants of a stone tiled roof and plastered inner walls. Should we have an archaeological dig behind the Gourmet Grub Chip truck? Well, don’t tell any bylaw people or they’d want to see your 19th Century planning application form. Would we find some local “stone-hinge”?:)


Most people feel strongly about the need to protect the past because knowledge of the past helps us to know where we come from. Archaeology helps us learn about the history of farming, language, literature, art, and war. You name it, and archaeology helps us understand it. The less we know about our past means the less we know about what it means to be human and how we are all connected, not just now, but long ago, and how we will connect with each other in the future.


If you drop into the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum they are featuring some shadow boxes containing things found in the Carleton Place area by Rebecca Lapointe. She is by no means going to tell you where she found these objects, but these bits of broken treasures are part of our history, and just as important as finding dinosaur bones. Nothing beats the excitement of “hands on” archaeology!

If you have a heritage home begin a small dig on your own property, but in the meantime come and see these cool artifacts at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, and think about doing the same and preserving history as every little piece counts.


Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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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