Lost in Hopetown — A Photo Essay


Deep in Lanark County, in the township of Dalhousie, Pollock and Dora McDougall’s rose garden was the talk of the area. Located a hop, skip , and a jump near Wilson’s Corners 100’s of tourists used to visit this rose garden each year.-Paradise in Hopetown


Saturday, October 21, 2017

It was a lovely day out and Steve had the day off so I suggested we take a ride down Wolfgrove Road and go to Hopetown in search of those roses. Yes, Some how I hoped they would be in the vicinity–and in all these years I had never been to Hopetown.


Hopetown isn’t a large village, and pretty well everything was one street, but I just could not find the McDougall property no matter how hard I looked. Being a rural gal by birth I went into the Hopetown General Store and Tracey told me the best person to ask was Mr. Yuill who was a few doors down.


I was kind of excited as I have written about many Yuill’s– and to meet an ancestor is an honour, so I banged on the door like a crazy person and started waving at him. I know no shame trust me when I am on the search for history. Mr. Yuill had no idea about my story of roses and McDougalls and said it might be the white house next to the Hopetown Cemetery, but they were newcomers and might not know it was a former McDougall home.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Dec 1932, Sat,  Page 4

B&T’s Hopetown General Store and Cafe. 5531 Highway 511, Hopetown, Ontario


Hopetown Cemetery

Steve and I wandered around the cemetery and we did find a few McDougall headstones, but none I was looking for..



The son of Alexander and Janet McDougall died at barely two years old. McDougall, James Albert b: 15 Nov 1914 in Hopetown Village, Lanark, Ontario, Canada d: 25 Nov 1916 in Hopetown Village, Lanark, Ontario, Canada and I thought that should be recorded, as I am sure it was family.




In the end I never found Wilson’s Corners where the McDougall House is and hoping someone tells me where it is located so I can document it. Please and thank you!

The reason why I never found it is The Ottawa Journal in the 70s called it Wilson’s Corners not Watson’s Corners.

Arnold Horne– You would be looking for Watsons Corners off 511 , turn right onto County Road 8 to get there! In Watsons Corners , turn right & follow that road to Sugar Bush Way! Then turn left at Sugar Bush Way & follow that road to where you will come to a crossroad the says Ladore road! Go straight ahead ! Windy road & you will pass a marshy area! The place that used to have all these roses is at the top of hill on right & used to be the Pollack McDougall’s! Now Kevin McLean property! No Roses there now! Hope this helps!

Thank you Arnold



Older homes of Hopetown







Upper Canada (Ontario) Kingston (Rockwood) Insane Asylum Inmates


Perth Courier, Jan. 6, 1893–Hopetown:  We are sorry to record the death of Mrs. W. Boyd, who passed peacefully away last week.  Her remains were interred in the Hopetown Cemetery.

Perth Courier, June 16, 1893 Brightside—The only child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Acland died on Monday, 5th June and was buried in the Hopetown Cemetery on Wednesday, 7th inst.  Quite a large crowd of friends followed the little fellow to his last resting place.

#010127-1901 (Lanark Co): James McKINLEY, 23, Cheesemaker, Hopetown, Lanark Twp., Hopetown, Lanark Twp., s/o William McKINLEY & Jessie BURRIS, married Agnes M. BARR, 21, Dalhousie, Dalhousie, d/o William BARR & Ellen PARK, witnesses Jean McKINLEY of Hopetown & Robert B PAUL of Dalhousie 30 January 1901, Dalhousie.



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.



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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.

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