Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay

Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay


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Photo Linda Seccaspina


Almost heaven, Beckwith Township, rolling hills and the Jock River.
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.


Since the founding of Beckwith, it has always been an area full of stories and history. The Lanark County Genealogical Society  on Saturday shared these incredible tales of adventure, and pure Beckwith gumption This bus tour had something for everyone.

Lunch and guest speaker John McKenty plus entertainment!




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The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House



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Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



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More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House



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All my memories gather round her, farmer’s daughter, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.



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Found on a Hill in Beckwith – Country Roads Take Me Home



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 Jennifer Fenwick Irwin– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Photo Linda Seccaspina

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock



Photo Linda Seccaspina

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



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The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield–

I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me, the radio reminds me of my home far away.
And driving down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.



Photo Linda Seccaspina Franktown Community Centre

Gillies Corners, west of Franktown on the settlers first road between Perth and Beckwith, was the location of the inn of Archibald Gillis, who settled there in 1819 and maintained a licenced inn for a period including from the 1830’s to the 1850’s.

John Edwards Archibald Gillies and the Franktown Fire




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How Franktown Got Its Name



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Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.



Photo Linda Seccaspina

So Who was Buried First in the Franktown Cemetery?



Leigh and Gary Box from the McEwen, Box and Muirhead family. Photo Linda Seccaspina

“Bossin’ Billy” McEwen Muirhead –Box family



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Franktown, then usually referred to as The King’s Store at Beckwith. The stone part of the Community Centre/King’s Store was where settlers came to get their initial supplies.


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The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith



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Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
Beckwith Township, Mississippi mamma, take me home, country roads.

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield

Dorothy Lewis was honoured for her long and faithful involvement with the Lanark County Genealogical Society. Richard Kidd who is her nephew spoke of her passing on the family history to the younger generations of his family.



Photo Rose Mary Sarsfield–the organizers of the Beckwith bus tour.


See you Saturday for the Carleton Place Open Doors and walking tour.. LCGS Beckwith Bus tour yesterday.. Photo by Rose Mary Sarsfield more tomorrow.. Here is your infor for Open Doors and the Walking Tour.. Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors? https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/are-you-ready-to-visit-the-open-doors/

What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead


Thanks to everyone that came out and see you next year for the LCGS Montague and Smiths Falls Bus Tour.


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.



Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?

The Beckwith Highlanders and “Humpy Billy” Moore

So Where is that Gnarled Oak in Beckwith?

“Teachester” Munro and the S.S. No. 9 Beckwith 11th Line East School

John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

What I Did on Beckwith Heritage Days – Alexander Stewart – Ballygiblin Heroe

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

Desperately Seeking Information About the “Beckwith Copperhead Road”

Hobo’s and Tragedies in Beckwith

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

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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