Donna McFarlane sent me this note yesterday:
“Sometime before 1874 the old log house across from the mill pub in Ashton was a hotel or stopping place operated by Donald McFarlane. I noticed that it was now restored to log.. Donald’s son William later opened a hotel at Youngs Point”.
So I am looking for information about the hotel. If anyone knows anything or has heard stories- leave comments, PM me, or send me an email email@example.com
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 15 Apr 1887, Fri, Page 3
Meanwhile I found this..
In the old days the more outside buildings you owned around your home or farm- the more prosperous you were. Or people thought you were. The complex at the old McFarlane farm in Ashton as it came to be known consisted of many log buildings scattered around the property.
The first building was a log shanty, and they threw it together quickly because they had too. Those buildings were the one with the large spaces between the logs that blew in the cold air in the winter. However, those shantys grew too small for growing families, so they were abandoned and usually a new frame house was built until the ultimate home could be achieved. That would be a stone home–meaning: they were now at the top of the heap in prosperity and social stature.
The McFarlane’s finally added a stone home to their complex and it had everything from the newel posts at the bottom of the stairs to the square fanlight and side lights. These were all the signatures of a master builder. But, it is the outbuildings that are a fascinating part of this farms history to me. Small medium and large log buildings frame the vista of meadows, flower and vegetable gardens making it a rich overall feel of rural contentment.
The Crown deeded the property to James McFarline in 1828. Similar to a lot of misspellings in those days his last name was later changed to McFarlane. When he died in 1867 the farm was given to his children and in 1891 his eldest son, James McFarlane was listed as the owner. James Lorne McFarlane was the last of the family dynasty to own the property obtaining the title in 1949.
In 1966 the McFarlane family ceased owning the property.
Updates from Donna McFarlane– Thanks Donna!
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 19 Feb 1897, Fri, Page 5
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 10 Mar 1945, Sat, Page 18
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 03 Jan 1929, Thu, Page 22
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 10 Feb 1900, Sat, Page 7
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