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

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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