Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 15oth– Part 1




The Millstone has published its first instalment of 365 FACTS ABOUT MISSISSIPPI MILLS. It will be a series of posts for Canada’s 150th birthday this year — “365 Facts About Mississippi Mills.” So I thought I would begin to a few about Carleton Place.

The facts below are from the flyer passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. I have personally added some extra tidbits under the facts.


Fact-Most of the town’s building’s stood on the north side of the Mississippi River, with only about 12 houses on the south.-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

There seemed to be a continuous disagreement in this town over what side of the river things would be built. Case in point:

1879 – In continuance of prolonged controversy over the sites of the High School and Town Hall, the Town Hall on Edmund Street was converted in part into a public school, a step which brought a brief stage of physical violence followed by allegations of riot, assault and libel and a number of related court actions. The town hall settled into service as a combination Public School and village lock-up. Which currently houses The Victoria School Museum, now called The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Read the rest here: The Riot on Edmund Street –Schools in Carleton Place


Fact-The Brockville and Ottawa Rail Company connected the village to Brockville, Smiths Falls, Perth and Almonte. The station stood at the east end of William Street.-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place’s first train station was on Mullet Street, which was originally called Napoleon Street years ago. When Napoleon Lavalee bought land where Napoleon Street exists now- the street name changed to Mullet, and Napoleon moved to where it is currently located now, off of Lake Ave West. Lavalee’s white frame home still sits on the corner.

Read the rest here:The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Stay tuned for more.




Carleton Place Celebrates Canada’s 150thThe committee is looking for your help! If you have any video footage from 1967 (that you are willing to share) of Carleton Place celebrations, we’d love to include them in our Video Footage Compilation!  For more information please call Jessica Smith (613)257-1704 or email jsmith@carletonplace.ca

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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