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

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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