Black Rock Clayton

Black Rock Clayton

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Photo from Black Rock Park


August 1 1940–Almonte Gazette

So what is the history of Black Rock?

From Black Rock Park


On Sept 23, 1843 the east half of Lot 20 Con 11 was patented from the crown to Thomas Thompson who had emigrated to Canada from Paisley, Scotland along with his wife the former Grace Scoular after their marriage in 1834.  A small log house along with a log barn was built.  During the next few years the west half of Lot 21 Con 12 (March 29, 1862) and the east half of Lot 21 Con 11 (May 23, 1878) were added with additional patents from the crown.

The west half of Lot 20 Con 12 were acquired from John Riddell who had patented that parcel of land from the crown on July 21, 1831.   Thomas & Grace’s family consisted of 4 boys and 4 girls. John Thompson remained on the farm and during the early 1870’s the existing stone house was built by family members.  John and his family moved from the small log home to the stone house during 1873 .

John and his wife the former Mary Bain had 5 boys and 3 girls.  John’s second son, Daniel (D.J ) moved to a farm on the west shore of Taylor Lake while his sister Martha Jane and brother Thomas remained on the family farm.  D.J and his wife the former Mary Ann Aitkan raised a family of 9 boys and 3 girls.  One of the boys , Russell, married Mary Rintoul whose family had settled on the north shore of Taylor Lake.  After their marriage on May 19, 1938 Russell and Mary moved back to the family farm to assist Thomas and Martha Jane with the farming operation.  They remained on the farm and became sole owners on May 25, 1956.  A family of 6 girls and 5 boys were born during their marriage.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Jun 1966, Sat,  Page 33

To help supplement the small farm income Mary & Russell decided to start a cottage rental business on part of the farm which bordered west shore of Clayton Lake.  This business was known as Thompson’s Cottages.  The first cottages were rented during the summer of 1964.  In 1965 a few campsites were cleared and the campground was born.The store was added in 1980 and at that time the business name was changed to Thompson’s Tourist Resort.




In 2002 the decision was made to incorporate the family farm & business to help ensure that the future Thompson generations can enjoy what the farm has meant to each of Mary and Russell’s children.  A new name was chosen and reflexes the history of the lakeshore where the neighbourhood children would swim and picnic in the years past.   Many family picnics were enjoyed at Black Rock on the shore of Clayton Lake and thus Thompson’s Black Rock Park was chosen.  We invite you to visit this piece of paradise with hopes you discover family values are still our most important asset.


Jack added: Lee аnd Larry enjoyed their sixth birthday party despite thе fact that they werе twins, Mommy and Daddy always made sure they eveгy had a great time–and with their birthdays coming in December, Mommy and Daddy additionally at all times made sure their birthdays have been special even though Christmas was around the corner.

The celebration was special with a clown, cake and wonderful presents from their friends grandparents and uncle and aunt but it went by so fast before they knew it everyone had gone home and it was time to wash up and get ready for bed.

2018!!-The Thompson family is celebrating 175 years on our farm in Galbraith this year. We are having a family gathering in August to celebrate. I was wondering if you would be willing to post a request on your page on behalf of our family. We’re looking to see if anyone in the community has old photos, stories, memories of Black Rock that they would be willing to share with us.

If you are willing, perhaps people could comment and I could reach out to them for more information (ex. copy of the photo). .

Thank you for your consideration,
Leann Thompson

Looking for Stories and Photos- Thompson Family–



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Sep 1961, Thu,  Page 33


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.

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




So Which Island did the River Drivers of Clayton get Marooned On?

The Old Community Hall in Clayton

The Clayton Methodist Cemetery

Come all my dear companions and listen to my song–Songs of Clayton

Rocking and Rolling on the Spring Clayton Road

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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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