The Carleton Place Beanery at Dalhousie Lake

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No information is known about this photo other than these men were on Dalhousie Lake, Lanark County. Photo: Charles Dobie Collection from Ruth Duncan

 

There is a story that has gone around the town of Carleton Place about four young lads that went camping on Dalhousie Lake and became remembered during a certain summer a long time ago. They scoped out the area around the lake and decided to camp some distance away from five or six campers that had come from Kingston. After they put everything away their stomachs began to rumble so they got a fire going in the sand and put  a pot of beans to boil on the fire.

By this time their method of cooking had tweaked the interest of a few nearby campers and they came over to see what the lads were up to. When they told the onlookers they were cooking beans in the sand that really got everyone’s interest as no one had seen that before. The group of folks which had gotten larger at this time watched the boys pour off the water and add generous slices of salt pork and molasses to the pot on top of the beans.

Things got interesting as the boys dug a hole, put in the covered pot, and covered it over with sand. They built a fire on top of it and kept it going all day long. That evening when they removed the pot from the sand all the campers came back to see how things had turned out. Some people even began to laugh thinking what on earth had these boys done.

The Carleton Place lads had the last laugh and gave each bystander a saucerful of the hot baked beans. Immediate shouts of “By George these are delicious”  rang through the night air and the boys were now the “candy kids” of the campground. Each day for the balance of the week they baked a pot for the campers and in turn the recipients kept the lads supplied with homemade pies, ice cream and some even slipped in a few cigarettes on the side.

 

 

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Cheryl added: in the story From the Files of The Canadian — Who is This? Where is This?

My Uncle Harry Majore made the sand-baked beans for the annual Bean Supper at St. Declan’s Church. I remember going behind the drive shed and watching Uncle Harry work around the pots of beans. The aroma was amazing! It was always a fun time, with great food, home-made pies and games. It was also a time to visit the graves of my relatives. Thank you so much for writing about this area of Lanark County!

My Uncle Harry Majore made the sand-baked beans for the annual Bean Supper at St. Declan’s Church. I remember going behind the drive shed and watching Uncle Harry work around the pots of beans. The aroma was amazing! It was always a fun time, with great food, home-made pies and games. It was also a time to visit the graves of my relatives. Thank you so much for writing about this area of Lanark County!

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 and now in The Townships Sun

 

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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