Middleville–The Vertical Board House–Another Beaver Medallion




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Sep 1971, Sat,  Page 30


Did you know that Middleville was originally named for its location? It is the central location of Lanark County sitting comfortably on a bluff overlooking the valley and the road to the west that heads on out to Hopetown. The town was settled in the 1820s and was a busy hub offering a tannery, a blacksmith, and of course a cheese factory. What town didn’t have a cheese factory?

Legend goes that shoemakers Thomas McGee and his loyal assistant Peter Turiff travelled through the rural areas taking orders for shoes from those who didn’t frequent towns too often.


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Photo from Middleville & District Museum


In 1860 Archie Affleck built what is called “The Vertical Board” house just past the General Store leading to the schoolhouse which is now called The Middleville Museum. But you knew that right?:) The central hall has hand painted simulated marble and similar to the McTavish home in Beckwith it too has an interior ceiling medallion of a hand painted beaver. This medallion must have been the thing to have in those days.

William Angus, his brother, and two spinster sisters also lived in the home for a number of years until the Rankin family bought it. William Rankin a wagon maker left the property to his son Archie and his daughter Jean. To the left off the entrance hall the room facing the front porch was originally a doctor’s office and then Archie Rankin’s office who was the Township clerk and always at the hub of township affairs.

Donald Sommerville bought the house in 1963 after Jean Rankin’s death and were antique dealers. Know what the Sommervilles are famous for? Check the next blog.



Karen Blackburn Chenier That’s my Uncle Donald and Aunt Rose’s house! Lots of memories from visiting there.



About that Beaver medallion

The House on a Beckwith Hill–The McTavish House and Ceiling Medallions

Update to the: The House on a Beckwith Hill–The McTavish House and Ceiling Medallions



Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street in Carleton Place (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour walk with stories of murder mayhem and BOO!.. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!!

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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.

2 responses »

  1. Thanks for this! I discovered Middleville several years ago while exploring the back roads. I wandered around the town and met a lovely young woman who invited me into her house for a tour.

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