An Unfounded Rumour Going on at the Almonte Town Hall



Photo from

August 29 1884 Almonte Gazette

There has been great deal of head-shaking and mysterious communication going on during the past few days, and all about the erection of the new town hall. According to some it was sinking gradually and its final disappearance underground was only a matter of time.

According to others it was sliding, and it would occasion no surprise if it was found some morning in the centre of the Mississippi river. A third party knew for certain that the walls were giving way beneath the weight of the rafters, and a large portion of the masonry had sprung.



Photo by Linda Seccaspina

We are glad to say all these rumours are quite baseless and they appear to have taken their rise from an occurrence– not at all unusual of buildings of its kind. We have been told that very few churches are built without encountering the same conditions and that it is not unexpected on the part of the builders and easily remediable.



Almonte Old Town Hall

Since its creation in 1884, Almonte’s Old Town Hall has played many roles. Originally built for town offices and council meetings, it has also housed the fire department, the municipal library, and even some local jail cells– read the rest here-click here



Almonte Town Hall 1959
“The town hall has been renovated and restored and a new enclosed stairs and entrance has been built”.


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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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