Before and After in Carleton Place –The Doctor is in!


The present Drake family home on Lake Ave East in Carleton Place

This wood frame home cuts an elegant figure along Lake Avenue East. Built in 1896 by James Watt, and it has been a town landmark for many years. In 1897 on the town Carleton Place assessment role, the property was listed as owned by James Watt (JR) age 26, a carpenter. He came from a family of 14 children and was named after his father who was also a carpenter. James father, James Sr., was among the 2700 Scots who participated in the New Lanark Emigration of 1820-1821.

The  value of the vacant lot in 1897 was $200. In 1898, it showed that James also owned 1/2 acre on the same corner, but part of it was lots 8 and 15, which do not exist on that particular corner. If a home was to be built on said property it would be assessed as $1000 in 1898.


No date but I’d say early 1900’s.





Some people will remember there was once a kindergarten in the rear of the home run by Norma Cullen. William and Mary Ford paid a visit to Barbara Drake and told her the kindergarten room became a bedroom later on and still had the alphabet around the room.


The current owners, the Drake family,  purchased the home in 1986 and have put on an addition and completely renovated the kitchen.

Photos and info from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

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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