Should we Really Keep Time in a Bottle or a Box?




Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


Time capsules can be pretty boring. But time capsule nerds like me live for those rare capsules with something really cool is found inside. I am supposed to have a time capsule in my home and this  year I was going to do something about it– but I didn’t. The reason is that I am afraid. What am I afraid of?

Maybe having Mr. Mahoney  pull out those cornerstones and finding nothing, to be precise, and have my anticipation shattered. My anxiety stems back to a former owner who owned this home for about a year, and when he lost it to the bank he stripped the house down to a mere light bulb. When we bought this home in 1981 even the brass push button light plates had been stripped. A home should be a treausure chest to the living–maybe it’s still there, and maybe it’s not– but we don’t know what we are missing until we find it. What if I don’t find it?


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

A few weeks ago Michael Rikley-Lancaster from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte showed me  what was in a time capsule a masonry crew had discovered encased in the stone wall of  the condo building, which once housed the Rosamond Woollen Mill.

The items in the time capsule included: newspapers, coins and a photograph of the mill’s founder James Rosamond. The newspapers: an Ottawa Daily CitizenAlmonte Gazette and Industrial World were dated August 17, 1880. The oldest objects were assorted coins, which date back to 1858. The time capsule’s note explained that the coins were removed from an earlier time capsule before being placed into the 1880 time capsule.


Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum


So what is in mine if it is still there? The Morphys were one of the founders of the town– so one wonders what they have put in there. They seemed to be frugal people, as when my home was gutted in  a fire in 1995- the only thing found in all the exposed walls was a note from a child and a playing card.



Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

So should I just leave it there- or see what’s in there next year? This year I finally found out what the hidden room in the basement was– so is that enough excitement for one year? The trouble is you think you have time- time is not measured by clocks it’s measured by moments….

Why am I so apprehensive about this moment in time?



Photo taken at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

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

Time Capsule in the ‘Hi Diddle Day’ House?


Update on the Time Capsule in Springside Hall

Unwrapping 164 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum related reading–

Does Fabric Make You Happy? Read This!!

The Rosamonds Would Love You to Come and Shop Vintage!

Guess What I Found?–A Purchase from the Yard Goods Store

Was Working in One of Our Local Mills Like Working in a Coal Mine?

Babies in the Textile Mills

The Rosamond Woolen Company’s Constipation Blues

Tears of a Home -The Archibald Rosamond House

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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