Travelling the Mail Route 1840

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Travelling the Mail Route 1840

The Settlers Days stagecoach ended the first day of its six-day mail run here Monday in 1978 when it stopped at the post office for hand-cancellation of special mail covers at 6 p.m. Tonight it will stop in Lanark Village, having come through Perth in mid-afternoon.

Wednesday will see the coach and its crew travelling through sparsely-populated northern Lanark County on its way to Pakenham. Thursday will be spent travelling towards Ottawa, were the coach’s passengers will meet with Canada Post officials Friday on Parliament Hill , before travelling on through Manotick to North Gower. Saturday will see completion of the 196-mile run at the Merrickville post office in mid-afternoon, before the coach returns to Smith Falls.

This is the second year the Smiths Falls Settlers Days committee has re-enacted the 1840s stagecoach mail run to promote its July 1-2-3 celebration and to bring alive part of Eastern Ontario’s history. Pulled by two horses, the coach includes, in addition to the driver, a military guard, two passengers and at least one outrider on horseback. Others will join the coach for part of the run. All will be in period costume. A total of 2,000 special editions will be hand-cancelled for each official post office stop on the route and will be made available to collectors later.– June 1978

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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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