So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?



I wrote about the end result of one of the great architecturally designed homes on High Street called the Findlay Home 4 months ago. For many months now we have assumed most of the stone was bought by Cohen & Cohen in Ottawa–but, there was supposed to be a skid of stone from the demolished Findlay home stored somewhere in town for safe keeping.

When Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith  Heritage Museum called the town they said they had no idea where it was. I thought we would never find out what happened until I heard a story Saturday afternoon.




As I told the story of the Findlay home at the Lanark County Genealogical Society  on Saturday, a local iconic figure (Mrs. Willoughby) later told me they knew what had happened to the stone. Was it preserved? Of course not! This individual said they knew that the rest of the stone unceremoniously dumped between the two “big” mills in Carleton Place.




So is that what happened? We are still not sure, but what we do know is the stone from the old Carleton Place High School (Prince of Wales) was dumped there as they needed filler to fill up the channel next to the Bates & Innes Mill.

So anytime you are walking near the Bates and Innes Mill or McArthur Island and you see pieces of stone, chances are it was from the old High School. Maybe even from the old Findlay home? Sadly, I guess we will never know for sure.

Oh to the days when they did not recycle!

Want to meet interesting people?

All are welcome at our Monthly Gathering – February 6, 2016

Location: Brunton Community Hall, Beckwith Township Office, 1702 9th Line, Carleton Place (Blacks Corners), Commencing at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome…

Guest Speaker: Gloria Tubman

Title: Researching British Home Children An Education



So accurately catalogued and easy to locate.  The administration team Walter, Helen and Shirley make it all happen at the Genealogy Resource Centre in Smith Falls.

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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