The History of St. James Woods

The History of St. James Woods

Photo- Mark Smith

This is from 2013 St. James Woodlot Trail dedication (Mark) Recommend that Council name the 20 Acres of Natural Environment North of the North Industrial Park as “St James Woods”, and dedicate the trails to Mr. John Hardisty Sellers, a Town Urban Forest Committee Member who also looked after these woods for the Anglican Church. This would officially confirm the current status of this area that was done by the Anglican Church as per the sign at the trails entrance by the cemetery. Location: Ramsay Con 7 PT Lot 2 RP 27R9978 Parts 2 and 3 (from Mr. Phil Hogan) : Common locale- West of the Anglican Cemetery on Ramsay 8, North of Bates Drive in the North Industrial Park.– Mark Smith

St. James Woods Trail

The early history up to 2005 was from John Sellers who was very big in managing the Woodlot. I was asked by the wardens if I could help out after his passing and I did but not to the extent that John did.
I have put in the map where all the trails are. You will note on the map there is a blank space. This is Sonnenburg Woods and the trails go across this piece of Town property.

Jim McCready

Thanks to Jim McCready for getting this from St. James Anglican Church for us to document

St. James Cemetery

Searchable Database of Parish Records

The church cemetery is situated adjacent to the 8th Line of Ramsay Township, immediately north of the Town of Carleton Place, about a kilometre north of the church.St. James Cemetery was founded on what is known as “Clergy Lands.” This land was granted to Protestant Churches under the 1791 Constitution. Over the years, the granting of these lands became a political issue and eventually the lands reverted to the Crown.

In 1856 the parish of St. James purchased the land for the sum of 100 pounds. For many years, the land supplied the wood for heating the Church and Rectory.St. James Cemetery dates back to circa 1834, the date of the founding of the Parish. Sometime between 1871 and 1890, George Dummert, who had emigrated from England in 1871, was asked to draw up a plan of plots for the cemetery. Prior to then there wasn’t an official plan.In 1903, a vault was constructed and for many years it was used by all denominations in Carleton Place. (In Canada the earth often freezes six feet deep and a temporary interment space is needed until the spring). Many of the pioneers of the Town of Carleton Place and many of St. James’ faithful parishioners rest in our cemetery. Decoration Sunday is held on the middle Sunday of August.The Right Reverend Robert Jefferson, Bishop of Ottawa from 1939-54, in his book Faith of our Fathers refers to St. James Cemetery as “now regarded as one of the finest private cemeteries in Canada.” The Parish of St. James is proud of that accolade.

In, memory of, Jacob Bond, who died, May 9, 1878, aged 37 Y’rs – also his, infant child, Joseph Francis, who died July 24, 1874 AE 1 Y’r & 11 mos.
Once repaired and now discarded.

For all you city folk as they say that read my pages– Carleton Place has a lot of amazing trails.. I already posted St. James Woods– today another surprise with Robert McClellan and Jill Heinerth– Yesterday I learned about crevices etc etc. on the St. James Walk– what will I learn today on the Mississippi Riverwalk trail.

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Jim McCready
11:41 AM (2 hours ago)

to me, Joanne

A bit of history which is not documented but told to me by Old Butcher Bill Bennett.
The cement structure you see in one of Mark’s photo was a watering hole for his cattle. Bill would graze his cattle in the open fields by Ramsay 7th line. He would then heard his cattle up the main trail to the watering structure. That is why you can see remains of fencing on both sides of the trail to keep the cattle out of the Woodlot.
This structure is now on Sonnenburg Woods .

Take Care

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Thanks to everyone who put this together!!

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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