Our Very Own Tom Sawyer–Adam of Arklan Island





Arklan Farm–is a tract of land without homogeneous character or boundaries. Arklan refers to the vicinity immediately east of Carleton Place and includes an island. This island was formerly utilized as a water power site and was first called Bailey’s Mills, then Bredin’s Mills and later Arklan Mills. Arklan Island on the Canadian Mississippi River.

The Timezone in Arklan Island is America/Pangnirtung
Sunrise at 05:43 and Sunset at 18:33. It’s light

Latitude. 45.1501°, Longitude. -76.1327°

If Tom Sawyer and his gang went to Jackson’s Island, Adam Dowdall went to to Snake Island last week. The real name is Arklan Island, but many locals call it Snake Island, because of the brown watersnakes by the shore.) 

Latitude. 45.1501°, Longitude. -76.1327°

Arklan is derived from the County name. This land was purchased by A. C. Burgess and his brother, G. A. Burgess (who was the mayor of Carleton Place in 1903 and 1921). The name Arklan was given to this property by Burgess.

The McNeely’s, who first owned the land for most of the twentieth century, maintained the name Arklan. Those of you who have grown up in Carleton Place know of this location as simply the Arklan Farm. Like Tom Sawyer Adam walked across the river on his two day visit as the river is low due to drought-like conditions. Adam said said the crossing took about 5 minutes as the riverbed is all bedrock. It was hard to take pictures as the island is all bush and full of poison ivy.

Arklan Island River finds: 1837 province du Canada half penny, 1852 Quebec half penny bank token, an awesome bell and a beautiful blue gemstone, which I do believe is cut glass.








Finds from Arklan Island Carleton Place. 1859 Canada large cent, 1854 American cent and an unknown American cent and 2 very old rings

Update from Adam Dowdall —Thank you but we don’t know if it’s cut glass yet and the 1859 large cent is to be appraised because if its valuable then I’ll have won the lottery






Related Reading to Arklan Island:

New Photos from Mysterious Arklan Island

Tales from Arklan Island–Odds and Ends

The Natives of Carleton Place — Violins and Deer

Tales From Arklan –The Midnight Heist


Related reading to Adam Dowdall:

Adam Dowdall’s Metal Detecting Group- FACEBOOK PAGE

The Mystery Ruins of Carleton Place- Photos by Adam Dowdall

The Luck of the “Irish”– Coins Found by Adam Dowdall

Adam Dowdall Just Found the Oldest Coin in Beckwith County

What Did Adam Dowdall Find in My Carleton Place Yard?

What Did Adam Dowdall find this week?



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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