Don’t Take the Beaver Off your Medallion!

Don’t Take the Beaver Off your Medallion!

photo victorian gothic— Lanark village

Today Jennifer Ferris and I were driving the back roads of Lanark County. We had lunch in the Village of Lanark and we passed by the Northern Gothic Airbnb.  Built in 1865 by the Caldwell family and now known as “the Hielans,” this great house is a treasure of the Ottawa Valley, situated in the heart of the village of Lanark on the Clyde river”. It’s pretty spectacular I tell you sitting on top of the hill and here is info on the place and their Instagram page.

Miss Caldwell from Lanark Village

I follow Northern Gothic on Instagram and had no idea that was the house in the village of Lanark until Jennifer pointed it out. She began to tell me about one of their ceiling medallions with a beaver on it. They had told her only the Caldwell homes had it. Hold on a minute!!!

Beckwith House- Jayne Munro-Ouimet

I wrote about another house on a hill in Beckwith which also had a medallion with a beaver on it and then another one in Middleville. So they are not only Caldwell homes, so I questioned Jennifer again. She then told me another story that Alice Borrowman from the Middleville Museum told her: there was a travelling artist who would stay in homes and in thanks would paint a beaver on the medallion. The number of leaves he painted was the number of the homes he had stayed in. Example: Three leaves, third home. Now this beaver still exists in the Beckwith McTavish house with three maple leaves in his mouth crouching on a fallen log.


The central hall Of the “Vertical Board House” in Middleville has a similar one to the McTavish home in Beckwith and it too has an interior ceiling medallion of a hand painted beaver. No idea how many leaves so time to contact everyone to solve this mystery! Update- Just heard there was 6 leaves on this medallion!

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The House on a Beckwith Hill–The McTavish House and Ceiling Medallions

More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House

Middleville–The Vertical Board House–Another Beaver Medallion

A Walk through Lanark Village in 1871


Alexander Clyde Caldwell

So Where Was Caldwell Mills? Thanks Jaan Kolk

Caldwell’s Roller Mills and Sawmill Burnt to the Ground –$30,000 Damage

A Postcard to Caldwell’s Mills

The Caldwell Clan Photos

Read more about the family here: The Alexander Clyde Caldwell Family Part 1

Dalhousie Lake in Photos –Caldwell Family Summer Vacations

Revolutions of Death at Caldwell & Son’s

Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys

Revolutions of Death at Caldwell & Son’s

John T. Robertson Obituary- Caldwell Bookeeper Rideau Canal

100 Hands Thrown Out of Work –Lanark Village

When History Comes to You–A Visit from Middleville

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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