Things You Might Not Know about the William James House — Prospect

Things You Might Not Know about the William James House — Prospect



1-The 1830 “charmer” directly is behind St. . Augustine’s Anglican Church in Prospect village, a tiny community about 10 miles southwest of Richmond.

2-This storey-and-a-half rubble stonework beauty is of Loyalist or Neo-classic Neo-classic.

3-Bubble glass panes are found throughout the house and the present living room (formerly the kitchen) has 3 downstairs bedroom or “birthing” room, opening from one side .

4-Unlike most houses of the period, the staircase in this one led upwards – from the kitchen. In other words, front and rear doors are both centred with a connecting hall.

The stair rail is of tiger maple with a delicate, simple newel post and fine stringers.


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5-There are four ample bedrooms, bedrooms, a slightly smaller one opening off the master bedroom. A former cupboard is now the bathroom and the square window over the rear door is unusual. Ceiling hooks exist in both living room and upstairs and it is thought they were used for hanging lamps. Or possibly they could have been utilized utilized downstairs for hams and other meats.

6-William James was the original owner and was, evidently, a gentleman of both means and good taste. He built the sawmill on the Jock tributary and was certainly not a man to be rushed, according to local legend. The story goes that he would put a cedar log on for sawing after breakfast and went back at lunchtime, four hours later and extracted the finished plank.

7-It would seem Mr. James, was not wholly dependent on the sawmill for his livelihood. The land for St. Augustine’s Church was donated by the James family in 1854.

8-There is a local story regarding the two surviving James sisters who attended the. church. “They didn’t see eye to eye,” the tale goes, “and quite often at Sunday services they sat in different pews”.

9-In 1962 Arnold and Moira Guetta bought the property property from Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Rees . Previous to the Rees’ tenure, the stone house belonged to John Porter who had bought it from a son-in-law of William James about the turn of the century.





Beckwith council, staff and members of the heritage committee and public gathered outside Prospect United Church on Richmond Road for the reveal. – Submitted photo

In 1816, following the War of 1812, the Perth Military Settlement offered land grants north of the Rideau to emigrants from Scotland, and to veterans of British regiments, encouraging them to stay in Upper Canada, to help build and defend the fledgling colony.

By 1857, Prospect’s population was 75, and it had daily mail. Some of the prominent people were as follows: William Baxter, shoemaker; John Burrows, postmaster and store and tavern keeper; William Coleman, Wesleyan minister; Patrick Devine, carpenter and joiner; William James, sawmill owner; Fleming May, schoolmaster; Joseph Morris, blacksmith; Johnny Porter, blacksmith; James Sanders, carpenter and joiner; John Scott, sawmill and carpenter’s shop owner; Peter Stewart, tailor; and John Tombleson, shoemaker. Read the rest here—


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Jayne Munro-Ouimet Linda, the Poole’s that we’re involved with the newspaper business in Carleton Place lived in the Prospect area of Beckwith Township

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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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St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church

Who were the Carleton Place Orioles?

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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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