Only Two Gaps to Jump! Only Two Gaps!



Photo by Annie DuffCarleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

If you lived in Carleton Place in years gone by you did most of your swimming at Manny’s Point. If you got on the boom at a point where W. A. Nichols Mill stood- you only had two gaps to jump. If you were lucky you went on your way.- if not, you had a swim not where you anticipated.

Wendy LeBlanc-Linda, are you aware of ‘The Big Rock’ which is located about 25 feet or so into the water from the pile of sawn lumber at the left of the photo? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it would be from this photo. The much-loved Big Rock was a destination for kids swimming across from Riverside Park before the swimming beach was built at Centennial Park. We did swim in that area – even though we were told not to by our parents – as there was no lifeguard on that side. Many happy summer hours were spent there.







The Old Nichol’s Swimming Hole in Carleton Place

An Amusing Abner Nichols and His Boat

Before and After at Centennial Park

What Justin Bieber is Missing by Not Coming to Carleton Place

Splinters of Sinders Nichols and Brides

Dim All The Lights — The Troubled Times of the Abner Nichols Home on Bridge Street


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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