The Forgotten Cemetery at the End of Lake Ave West

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In Riverside Park there lies a little-known site which is of some interest in the town’s history. It is found at the extreme end of the town’s park, close to the Mississippi River.  This was a burial ground, where members of one of the first families of settlers of the town were laid in a now unmarked graveyard–the Willis family.

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After the discovery of this small family graveyard, suggestion was made to council of years gone by that the area should be marked as a historical site by erection of a cairn.  Pending the receipt of further particulars, no action by council was taken. The Carleton Place Canadian subsequently found from the late Alex John Duff, a Beckwith farmer, that he recalled this burial ground in his youth in the 1880s as being at that time a little cemetery about 15 or 20 feet square, a gravestone in which bore the name Catin Willis.  The remains were later moved, and a small cairn was then placed at the site to remember the Willis Family.

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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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