The Menzies House





This house although on Queen Street was actually built on the river bank and belonged to John Menzies who built it about 1853. If you can find a Belden’s Historical Atlas from 1863 there is a sketch of it and also appears on a map and designated as John Menzies store. It was actually once a stone home that the white frame was built over and had a blacksmith’s building at the end of the property.


Menzies was involved in all sorts of public offices in Almonte” School trustee, township councillor and registrar of North Lanark. The house is of typical style when the business would be on the ground floor and the living quarters on the upper level. There are 17 rooms and it is thought at one time that the kitchen was in the basement as there was a large cooking fireplace.


The couple  had 6 children, 3 of whom died in infancy. Two sons Basil and Robert and a daughter Mary survived into adulthood. He died on December 17, 1900 as the result of a fall on the ice in Almonte.

The property later belonged to Alexander Wylie, a descendant of James Wylie who settled in Ramsay Township in 1822. The house was nearly torn down in 1920’s when it was then referred to as ‘the shaggy barn’.

Local druggist Mr. Patterson saved the day and it was lovingly restored by Ottawa architect Gordon Hughes. Charles Chaplin and family bought the home in 1944 and resided there until Frank and Patricia Vetter bought it in 1969.

Married more than 50 years, your hosts Frank & Pat Vetter converted their heritage family home on the edge of the Mississippi River into a stunning Bed & Breakfast that accommodates visitors with the highest form of hospitality you’ll find.
Find More about the Vetters and the Menzie’s house here--CLICK HERE


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.



Scrapbook Clippings of George Jones-The One Man Band from Almonte

Almonte in the Twenties


Remembering John Kerry from Almonte—By Karen Hirst

Centerpieces Out of Fresh Veggies– The Magical Mind of Dave Goodings from Almonte

Elizabeth Lindsay of Almonte — Victorian Women Business Owners



The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Nov 1994, Wed  •  Page 48–

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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