Jennifer E. Ferris– our Lanark historian and apple gal–Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees– Need Help! sent this to me after Leah Roberts, B.A., B.Ed responded to her query.
Foley Mountain Conservation Area
Declan Finbar Foley
– Born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, 1819
– Came to Westport before Confederation
– He and his wife raised 16 children here.
– Considered one of the first families to own most of the land that is
today a part of Westport.
– It is said that he wanted to own everything that could be seen from his
general store on Main Street (the store still exists as a private
residence at 45 Main Street) including today’s Foley Mountain.
– Jake Barnhart, a Native man, had a cabin close to the current site of
the Foley Mountain Interpretive Centre. Mr. Barnhart had a small farm
with crops and livestock the grazed the now regenerating forest
surrounding the Interpretive Centre. He and his daughter eventually
moved into town and the cabin began to deteriorate.
– Current members of the Friends of Foley Mountain Board of Directors
remember playing in “Jake’s House” when they were children. By this
time, the building was in a quite state of disrepair but made for an
exciting adventure for local children. People recall that the walls were
lined with old newspaper for insulation. They also remember climbing
the rickety stairs to the second floor and exploring what was left of the
living space. Horseshoes and nails can still be found around the site of
Formation of Foley Mountain Conservation Area
– Harold Foley, a descendant of Declan, left the mountain property to the
government when he died with instructions that it be preserved as a
– The land was purchased in 1970 by the Rideau Valley Conservation
Authority with other parcels of land being acquired later on to create
the conservation area as it is known today.
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