So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?


This photo was taken in 1905 by Howard Edwards and shows a young couple strolling west along the river’s edge, towards the present day boat launch. Note the steamer in the water, also heading West – perhaps to Lake Park or Innisville…-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum





Before Riverside park, there was Caldwell’s Saw Mill. Located approximately where the beach is now, this saw mill operated from 1869 to 1891. It was later run as the Cavers Sash and Door Mill. The town purchased the property in 1904 for use as a public park. This photo was taken that same year, perhaps shortly before the building was demolished.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum: We believe the Grandstand was built shortly after the town established Riverside Park in 1904


Let’s spend the whole week at Riverside Park! These cabins were owned by Jim and Ethel Drummond in the late 1940’s and were available for rent. Judging by the barns in the background, I’d say these were located at the west end of the park near the present day boat launch-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Remember the big rumble in Riverside Park?  The Carnival Riot in Carleton Place where the fire dept had to be called out. Postcard from  the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Team Barker— Centennial Park Carleton Place in the 1970’s. Carleton Place built this park in 1967, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Canada becoming a country. Riverside Park is on the other side of the river. Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


asp5.jpgIs Spring Coming? Photos of Carleton Place Hold the Answer! Photo by Linda Seccaspina 2015

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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