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

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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