The Mysterious Tatlock Mine





The alleged ghost horse of Tatlock Road —from Granabby


Lorrie McCann and Dawn Jones were discussing the Tatlock Quarry on the  Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page. I will tell you I searched and searched for hours and could not find much. All I know is that work has carried on in the Tatlock Mines since 1900. Dawn mentioned Archie Guthrie– and so sad to say all I found is his obituary.


So if you have any stories send them about the Tatlock Mine to me at and I will try and put something together.

Here are the stats:


Tatlock Quarry Ontario Mining and Exploration located in Ontario, the Tatlock quarry is the largest calcium carbonate mine in Canada with its products being used in paints, plastics, construction materials , as well as paper and packaging materials. IMA-NA looks forward to continuing to highlight industrial mineral producers through partnerships for both North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Days.  Below you’ll find OMYA’s invitation to the local community to come learn about the Tatlock Quarry.
OMYA (Canada) Inc.
calcium carbonate
Location Tatlock Quarry – (Darling Township)

Employees 400






GUTHRIE, Archie Peacefully at Almonte General Hospital on Saturday December 9, 2006 in his 85th year. Husband of Lois Currie. Predeceased by his first wife Ida Bourk. Loving father of William, Wayne (Lynn), Wenda Cochran (Peter) and Wilma. Grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Brother of Muriel Craig, Sudbury and Betty Green, Ottawa. Predeceased by sister Blanche Gale, brothers Glenn and Floyd. Fondly remembered by sisters-in-law Edna Armstrong and Amy Biggs (Reg) and by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Almonte Chapel of Tubman Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rosamond Wing of the Almonte General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.


Good afternoon!–I was just reading the article about the mysterious Tatlock mine. Archie Guthrie was my uncle. My father, Floyd, also grew up in Tatlock and owned land there as well. Archie’s children (my great cousins) are still alive and well and may be able to share more stories too.

Barb Lemay (nee Guthrie).

Perth Courier, March 3, 1893

Tatlock—Died at Carleton Place on Sunday, 26th Feb., Eliza Frizzelle Tatlock, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Tatlock, aged 84.

Perth Courier, December 10, 1897–David McKinnon, when sinking a shaft for coal in Lot West 9, of the 9th Concession Dalhousie, came to a formation in which was a sparkling mineral which might be pyrite or silver scattered plentifully through it.  This formation was four feet thick.  The drills are now down to 38 feet.

Other mines—Hon. William Morris and Dr. Wilson owned Lots 18, 19, 20, on Concession 2(?) on the north shore of Myers (now Christies) Lake—the location of the Christie Lake Iron Mine.  And these two Perthites likewise held hundreds of acres of adjacent ground—probably to protect possible extensions of their iron deposits.  There were many Corry (or Korry), Deacon, and Elliott holders and Hon. R. Matheson, John Playfair, William Lees, and Thomas Brooke had sundry lots.

January 1901 Almonte Gazette–Messrs. McEwen & Son, of the Dominn Quarry, Beckwith, shipped 6,954 cubic feet of dressed stone from their quarries during the past season.



Want to see more? Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

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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.

4 responses »

  1. Well Linda Knight you look pretty good for someone who was around during the invention of the wheel. I was just reading your Bio and it appears you have had somewhat of an interesting life and that you care about preserving history and telling tales. I actually dropped into Tatlock about a week ago and I didn’t realise there was a mine there. Too many things in our histories have been lost. I actually came across this blog as I have been trying to find out the history of the Tatlock Fire Department, since I have a passion for preserving Ontario fire service histories. Keep up the story telling and the promotion of the histories within Ontario. Hopefully you will find someone who knows more about the mine. Rob at


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