Things You Might Not Know About Craig’s Castle — Castle Hill Farm

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Things You Might Not Know About Craig’s Castle — Castle Hill Farm

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It was the former home of James Craig once called Craig’s Castle.

Three generations of Craigs lived there with John Craig being the original settler emigrating from Northern Ireland.

It sits adjacent to the little hamlet of Prospect on the Richmond Franktown Road.

It once had a duck pond, beautiful gardens and a windmill

In 1965 the farm was bought and was owned in by Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Armstrong and they raised Black Angus cattle and did extensive restorations to the home.

There was an upstairs centre suicide door- A “suicide door” is the slang term for a door hinged at its rear rather than the front. Such doors were also originally used on horse-drawn carriages.

The  central hallway has a curving stairwell.

Originally the house had two bedrooms over the large downstairs that were intended only for the hired hands.

Originally in the 1830s there was a small log home on the property which is the first house he and his  Irish bride lived in. It was almost swallowed up by a dense forest.

A few years later the Craig’s daughter, Maria, married William Henry Leach who bought the farm and lived on it after her father died. They left the property to their son William J. Leach.

The family dog ran the churning machine on a treadmill. Being reluctant to earn his keep the dog kept running away on churning days and hid in the woods. As a result he was put in the basement until his services were needed and his paw marks could still be seen at one time where he attempted to escape. (author’s note- that poor dog)

 

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ome 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 and The Tales of Almonte

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About lindaseccaspina

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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