The Mystery Ruins of Carleton Place- Photos by Adam Dowdall


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For those of us who have grown up on William Street, we all know of the ‘Old Stone House’ at the very end of the road. Here is what it once was, as my Grandmother Margaret & her friends “raided” the house. Even then, this house was empty. And for my Grandmother & her friends, this was a wonderful playhouse. Early-Mid 1940’s–Photo from Amanda Armstrong-From the photo collection of Margaret Martin”

Years ago Art’s Fruit and Variety was a popular go to place on Townline. in Carleton Place. Before there was no McNeely Bridge I used to wander down behind their property like others, and always marvelled at the ruins of an old stone building. My mind is old now, but I do believe it is located on the other side of the bridge behind 53 Colours, but it is recorded as being on the extreme end of William Street. For years I have wondered what it was, and this week the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum shared an old newspaper clipping with me they had just received this week.

For anyone that wonders like I did: the old stone ruins used to be an old Methodist parsonage. There was once a floating sidewalk across the *swale to get to the parsonage. It was described as being built along the river bank to the old felt mill which would be Bates and Innes, and along a strip of land that belonged to Robert Bell. North of Town Line  (notice how Townline is spelled) was something called The Kings Bush owned by James Morphy. This week Adam Dowdall was there metal detecting and took these great photos.










*A swale is a low tract of land, especially one that is moist or marshy. The term can refer to a natural landscape feature or a human-created one.

Duncan Rogers Linda
Years ago my next door neighbour who lived in the old Box house on James Street (Mr. Doug Allan) told me as a young boy he used to play at this house with the children of the “Lake family”. I believe that would of been about 1905 or in that time period. There was an article in the Carleton Place Canadian about this house. I am familiar with this property as on behalf of the Town of Carleton Place I purchased this property from the Dr. Redfern in about 1983 for about $5,000.00 to be used as recreational land. The Redferns had moved to the United States and did not need the property any longer. The property was then dedicated as parkland by Council and named after Mr George Findlay who I had the honour of working with on one of the Committees at the time. Mr. Findlay was quite interested in the environment. I hope that this is helpful to you.


Duncan Rogers

With files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Todd Greer Photo

Located at the end of the McNeely Bridge to the bush on the right hand side in the George Findlay Conservation area in Carleton Place- Very swampy.


Adam Dowdall’s Metal Detecting Group- FACEBOOK PAGE

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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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