Tales of Glen Tay — The Mill Fire





The mill that sits on the edge of Glen Tay on private property was destroyed in fire in 1870 after work had begun for the day. The disaster that occurred at 9 am left the place in ruins and was caused but the friction of the picking machine which set the adjoining woodwork on fire.

The mill was very combustible from fine dust and with no means of extinguishing the fire it went out of control very quickly. When the fire began near the doorway the workers which were mainly women were trapped. They had to climb out of the third story windows with the use of a ladder while the fire nipped at their heels.

Mr. Drysdale tried to escape by the roof, but he either slipped or decided to jump and landed in the water below. The depth of the water was barely 5 feet deep. Drysdale did not die, but sustained serious internal injuries. The fire at the mill, as you might guess, became a huge loss to the area, but the owners rebuilt the mill in the Spring.



Photo by Jason Sprague from Rough & Rustic who will be at the Swirlicious Shopping Event October 29 in Carleton Place.


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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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