So Where was the Location of the Almonte Illustration?



Photo—Public Archives

I posted this photo of Almonte from 1857 on Almonte Coffee Talk on Facebook. Some debated where it was the Cameronian Church– and after looking at it for awhile I was wondering if it wasn’t the former Trinity Methodist Church. If you look at the photo above there is a squarish stone home which I believed to be the Jamieson House. But I was wrong as the Trinity Methodist Church was built in 1887.



Trinity Methodist Church – “Dungarvon Company” – Almonte, Ontario – not used anymore.


Photo of the Jamieson House 1905–Public Archives

So where was it?  Historian Rose Mary Sarsfield came up with it quickly:  It is St. Paul’s Anglican Church from the other side of the river with the “Doctor’s House” on the left. Almonte people know the Doctor’s house, Dr. Dunn, Dr. Murphy. I believe the original owner was Dr. Mostyn and there was another one I believe between him and Dr. Dunn.

Thank you Rose Mary!!


In the meantime here are some neat photos of the Cameronian church



Photo is from  —Bay Hill towards cameronian church

The township’s Reformed or Cameronian Presbyterians moved their place of services in about 1867 to the former Canadian Presbyterian church on the Eighth Line, later building their present church facing the Mississippi’s Almonte bay–


Photo is from Bay hill from Cameronian Church




Photo is from 




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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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  1. As this is an old post I’m sure you know the location of this illustration by now but, in case not, this is the St Paul’s Anglican Church on Clyde st in Almonte. The artist is looking across the river from Water St. to the back of the church. On the far left you can see Menzies House and then the Riverside Inn, which are opposite each other on Queen St. The building on the far right is a large stone home that is still there, at the end of Clyde St. I think the building immediately to the right of the church is owned by the church, possibly the manse in the past.

    Enjoy seeing these old photos! Thanks. Janice Kenny


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