Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?

Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?
 Photo Linda Seccaspina
Almonte Gazette September 2, 1898–That barn of Mr. Henry Lang’s will be an interesting one from the fact that its material has been mostly furnished by two  landmarks Mr Caldwell’s old sawmill and Mr. Cannnon’s shingle mill on the shore of the bay below the town—both, as well as the timber slides, having become relics and reminders to the present generation that in bygone years Almonte was a live lumbering centre.  From Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

Karen Prytula used Google maps,  and looked at the properties at 1218 Old Almonte Rd, and 1130 Old Almonte Rd.

1218 has old logs on the property dismantled from something. The house looks to me that it is probably of log – covered over.
1130 is quite a heritage property as I can see old gates no longer used, and fence posts that were once pretty in their day. This property has two large outbuildings that might be the Lang barn.
Author’s Note
So is it? I drove by today and noticed the original frame house was weathered and very old as Karen said and some if it is being covered by new clapboard. Yes, there were two large out buildings but the foliage prohibited me from getting a good glance and I stop at trespassing on someone’s private property.
So now I am asking my readers if anyone knows anything about this property so that we can finally save this mystery.




Drive By Photo Linda Seccaspina– 1130 Old Almonte Road–Notice how clapboard is being put over the original frame house.


Notes from Karen Prytula LCGS

Below are my notes for lot 14E, Concession X, Ramsay Township. This information was gathered up between 2001 and 2005, and is probably from two different sources, which I did not record.

“Lot 14E – Arthur Lang settled here in 1821.  He would have erected a shack along the bank of the Mississippi River.  Other records indicate he was on the west side of the lot which would have bordered the east side of River.  Arthur arrived here with his wife and six children.  He actually kept a diary of the journey.  His wife and children remained in the village of Lanark, with all the other settlers wives and children, while he and the other men ventured even further to find their lot and erect a shelter or shanty.  By November 7th of that year Arthur was able to pick up his family at Lanark and bring them to the shanty they were going to winter in.  He became one of the first school teachers in the township, teaching his pupils from his home.  No doubt his children were one half of the class! One of his sons, John, grew up to have a sawmill business in Almonte. 

Some men could not bear to leave their families in the Village of Lanark for a couple more months.  So the men boated them down the rivers until they arrived at Almonte, then built wigwams for them to stay in until the men had built homes on the tracts of  land they received.

 As anyone can tell by now this journey was harrowing and dangerous.  Countless times the pioneers encountered Indians.  Most were friendly.  Those that werent usually kept to themselves.  Most of these Indians would never have met a white person before, and most white people had never seen an Indian before, let alone be able to communicate with one another!  For the most part, there was a lot of staring going on with some gestures.  It is reported that one pioneer actually offered and Indian a loaf of bread.    He ignored the offer but saw that the newcomers were not an immediate threat and walked off.  Had he even seen a loaf of bread before?!” —

Karen Prytula LCGS





Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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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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  1. Hi Linda

    I’ve run into a little bit of a roadblock with the Lang property. I had decided to start at the begining with Arthur Lang, the first settler on one of those lots. I researched the route he would have taken to his lot (from Quebec City, Montreal, Prescott, Brockville….Perth….Village of Lanark) He had a wife and six kids with him. Two of the children were sons; William, and Thomas. Not John, James, or Henry as I was hoping for. Because of that I got a little bit tangled in the branches because Arthur died in 1849….and no earlier Census exists…..so I can’t tell at this point if he ended up having more sons, sons he might have named Henry, James or John. I saw a Lang family history at the Archives last time I was there but they were closing up so I didn’t have time to crack it open to see if it was about THIS Lang family. I’m afraid it will be at least two weeks before I can get there. So far am up to 11 pages on Arthur Lang and family – with no certainty about exactly where the barn was.

    One of the sons, Thomas or William (can’t remember which one right now….moved away…maybe to Toronto…..so that leaves the other son, who might have had sons named Henry, James, or John. So, it was likely a grandson so that came into the possession of the buildings and if that is the case, he may not have moved them to the lot identified in the 1879 map. I’m a little confused right now because I haven’t looked at this file since the day before yesterday! (I’ve been working on it every evening since you brought it to my attention. Let me tidy my research up some and then you will be able to see the gaps in my research at this point.

    I also need to look at the headstone transcriptions for the Auld Kirk, I think that is where Arthur might be buried. So, I am hoping I might be able to learn from transcriptions (and maybe Ancestry.ca) how Henry connects to the family. However, the book I need is as the Archives, and like I said, I won’t be getting there for at least two weeks.

    This weekend I am volunteering for Tay Valley Township at Westport. A bunch of us wrote (contributed to) a book on the history of Tay Valley – you probably saw it at the Beckwith Heritage Days – so I will be trying to sell copies at the Westport Heritage Day this Saturday.

    ‘scuse the typos – I did not re-read before sending!

    Love Karen!

    On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 7:05 PM, lindaseccaspina wrote:

    > lindaseccaspina posted: ” Photo Linda Seccaspina Almonte Gazette > September 2, 1898–That barn of Mr. Henry Lang’s will be an interesting one > from the fact that its material has been mostly furnished by two landmarks > Mr Caldwell’s old sawmill and Mr. Cannnon’s shingle mill ” >


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