Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham

Plum Hollow Witch and The Mountain Man of Pakenham

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August 14 1874-Perth Courier

Pakenham Stew

John McCormack, of Pakenham, has gone astray and no tidings of him are forthcoming. Being an old man and partially imbecile, it is fearful he has wandered off into some of the many backward and unfrequented spots surrounding his home in the White Lake Mountains, and lay down to rise no more.

However, it is said on consulting the oracle at Plum Hollow, it was said that he was still alive and about to be restored to his sorrowing wife and family. Those who have faith in her ladyship’s prognostications are hopeful of seeing him again in the flesh, but we must be excused for doubting it on such authority.



September 18, 1874-Perth Courier

A man of 74, named John McCormick, was found at 5 o’clock on Monday morning in the mountain region of Pakenham. He had been ailing for some time,  and wandered away from his home. Although an unceasing search bad been kept up with the help of The Witch of Plum Hollow, his remains were not discovered until the 11th, when they were found beside a log, less than half a mile from home, which he had been apparently trying to go across to see an old neighbour. To-day, Wednesday, he was followed to the grave by a large body of his oldest and nearest neighbours, who knew his worth.

As for the Witch of Plum Hollow? You win some and you lose some.


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!!

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.




An Interview with the Witch of Plum Hollow–Mother Barnes— The Ottawa Free Press 1891

My Grandmother was Mother Barnes-The Witch of Plum Hollow

A Bewitched Bed in Odessa

The Witch of Plum Hollow – Carleton Place Grandmother

Different Seasons of Witches in Lanark County

Local Miracle Story– Woken From a Ten Week Coma

The White Witch of Lanark County–Having the Sight


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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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