Take a Letter Maria– Carleton Place Post Office


The history of Carleton Place Mail- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

1811-Postal service to Upper Canada is such that “a courier between Montréal and Kingston, U.C., is dispatched once a fortnight throughout the year” and “a courier between Kingston and York [Toronto] is dispatched once a fortnight during the close of the navigation on Lake Ontario.”


This is the old Perth post office typical of many built back in the late 1800s throughout Ontario– Living off the grid


Pre-1830-Citizens would have to travel 25 miles to the post office in Perth to send a letter. At the time Perth was the administrative centre in the region.


Carleton Place Post Office Beauties- Photo by Linda Seccaspina


1830-The first postmaster in Carleton Place was Caleb Strong Bellows who operated the post office out of his private store across from the present day Town Hall.


1915: First Mail delivery to the Byrne homestead, Wayside.The identification about this photo was written by Harry Byrnes. It along with the Wayside football fellows photo and another I haven’t posted, of the Byrne Homestead are not great images. I would love to have clearer ones but am pleased to have these from the late Harry Byrnes, son of William Byrnes in the photo. Harry was my 1st cousin 1x removed.

Photo credit-Dianne Kehoe Lawrence‎ —Lanark County Genealogical Society

1834– On April 7th the postmastership passe from Bellows to Robert Bell. As the second postmaster, Bell operated the post office out of his private store on the NE corner of Bridge Street and Bell Street intersection.


1854- The third postmaster of Carleton Place was Duncan Campbell. It is somewhat unclear as to where he ran the post office from. It is speculated that it was in a  location near St.James.


Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


1860- On April 1 Postmaster Patrick Struthers took charge. Struthers had the post office in three locations, first on Bridge and Bell and then in 1870’s he moved it across the bridge to the NE corner of Bridge and Franklin.

1891- The Post Office is moved for the third time under Struthers’ charge. it has moved out of a private business to a government building for the first time. This government building is a red sandstone building at 81 Bridge Street.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Dec 1949, Fri,  Page 12


Photo of the old Carleton Place Post Office- Linda Seccaspina

Read how the Canadian Post Office began here



As Time Goes By — The Old Post Office Clock

My Baby, Just-a Wrote Me a Letter– The Carleton Place Post Office

Memories of Carleton Place — The Roxy and Marilyn Monroe

Crime and Punishment? –Tales from the Almonte Post Office


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum photo — some gals hanging out in front of the old CP Post Office. Maybe they were mailing their letters to Santa??

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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