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.