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