Foley Mountain Conservation Area History Information

Foley Mountain Conservation Area History Information
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
History Information
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
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
the cabin.
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
natural area.
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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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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