Nancy Hudson recognized this landmark still on Hwy 7 at Ramsay Conc 1. — she believes it was on the Dezell farm- Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
Fictional Story written after I saw this photo.
A long long time ago in Lanark County a beloved Grandma died and left her daughter the old homestead that was falling apart. But make no mistake, that home still had lots of love. The family knew they could not afford to repair the house fully– so they decided to live there for a few months until minimum repairs could be made to sell it.
The old rocking chair that generations had rocked in was still sitting by the fireplace like it had for years. The fireplace no longer worked, but the electric heater still remained in front of the fireplace. No matter how hard that heater worked, it would heat up the kitchen area, but bedrooms would always stay cold.
One night one of the children got up to get a drink of water and had to pass that very fireplace. Immediately the electric fireplace roared, and he immediately turned it off. Drink in hand and ready to find the warmth of his bed he passed the fireplace on his way upstairs once again and the electric fireplace roared at full tilt once again. Once this same scenario had happened a few times the boy smiled.
Somehow, the boy knew it was his grandmother’s spirit and he was eager to sit in her chair as she seemed to be signalling him. Before he could sit down he noticed that it appeared that someone was already sitting there. Even though no one was there, he could see the imprints of someone sitting in that very chair.
It was a mystery to him and to those he told the story to the next day. Maybe it was Grandma, or maybe it was someone who lived in that house before her and still haunted the home. Possibly, the ghosts next life was on hold–or, it could just be that someone, somewhere, was still happy to be in that chair even if they were dead?
In the end the family never did sell the house and eventually it collapsed and the remains were taken away. To this day the stone fireplace still stands and folks who visit that fireplace and listen carefully can swear they still hear someone rocking in a chair.