Update on The Manse in Beckwith



After I wrote the story on the manse in Beckwith (see link below), Corry Turner-Perkins left a comment on the Tales of Carleton Place:

Corry Turner-Perkins —”My dad lived in the Manse in 1957-1960 when he was 5 and his family moved to Beckwith. My grandpa was John Turner, he worked for the town for 25 years, grandma was Roberta (Bobby ) and my dad is Dave and his sister Gypsy”.

Beckwith Councillor and historian Tim Campbell read the comment and invited the family to come back to the manse. On Sunday the two families met and reminisced about the historical property.

Tim Campbell sent me this note this morning with the following information:

“We had a really nice visit from daughter  Corry, Dave and grandson John. Dave told us that he lived in our house from 1956-64 and that they rented the house from the owner John Rintoul.  He remembered that there were many more barns then we ever realized and that they were 4 in the family and they all slept downstairs.
They said that the house was freezing in the winter. The father -grandfather was a worker for the Carleton Place Public Works for 25 years (John Turner). John found the pond he used to swim in when he was a kid (no longer on our property) and he told us that they used to have approximately 40 head of cattle”. 
Now, here is the kicker. Somewhere there is a lost musket. Like the cornerstone on my house, all old homes have secrets for us to find and remember the past. This is why I write. For the sake of getting people together talking TOGETHER about the history of our area. It is that important!




The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine


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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