All photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– 1970s
Model of a snake fence made by Alex Bowes (1908-1993) of Lanark County. Alex first started making models of log fences when he was just twelve. This model provides an example of the “snake fence” which was typically used as a pasture fence where animals can graze all the way into the zigzags.
The North Lanark Regional Museum has a large collection of model fences made by Alex Bowes including examples of a: Block Fence, Snake Fence, Woven Wire Fence, Closs Fence, Bolton Fence, Indian Fence, Pole Fence, Basket Fence, Slat Fence, Patent Fence, Draper Fence, Stump Fence and Russell Fence. The models show various styles of fences still found across Eastern Ontario. — North Lanark Regional Museum
For more information on log fences see Four Hundred Years of Log Fences, by Eugene Fytche. There is a copy of this book in the North Lanark Regional Museum Library
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)