Mystery of the Lanark Cave — Lanark Village

Mystery of the Lanark Cave — Lanark Village
Arlene Stafford-Wilson
February 19 at 9:07 AM  · 
50 years ago…………..part 2 of 2
Article written by James Lally, who worked for the “Lanark Era” and “The Ottawa Journal” from 1945-1960

I love how our community helps each other with history and it was with great interest when Arlene Stafford Wilson posted the artcle above this week. Read her local history blog here..

Then local historian Doris Quinn posted this on the Lanark Village Community Group Read Doris’s notations on: The Canada Character Civilization Award — Doris Quinn and Have you Ever Seen the Praying Station? The Buchanan Scrapbooks

Doris Quinn
8h  · 
In this weeks Lanark Era…. What we were mentioning a few days ago! FIFTY years ago 1972

Lanark Village Community Group Comments on the subject:

Paul Milotte

When I was young and in Cubs a Dr. Craig came to one of our meetings and told us a story of the early days in Lanark when a dog went into the cave at the 50 acres (behind Mrs M.’s house). The dog was lost for a few days but reappeared somewhere near George Young’s funeral home. I remember trying to go into the cave with Ted Holmes when where adventurous young lads. We could see inside the cave but no way we could squeeze in. Don’t know if the small opening is still there.

Ted Holmes

Actually you could go inside and as I remember the small opening was to the right of the main entrance

The dog story is true but never varied to my knowledge.

Dr. Craig also told us about tapping the wrong tree for maple syrup but also was very keen in the Baden Powell’s scouting. Jungle book and camping was certainly a large part of the imaginary and real fun we lived.

I was so keen on the totem pole Dr Craig had erected at his home across from Marg and Oval Adam’s.

Molly Mahon

Cool! There are drawings on the rocks at the playfairville rapids too – other side of the river near the old stone fireplace.

So was this cave a figment of stories from the past? Not at all, and it probably still exists. But I advise all of you not to go on private property, and for that I have abbrievated the last name (property) as that is the very last thing I want.

The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
22 Feb 1972, Tue  •  Page 3
The Sun Times
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
22 Feb 1972, Tue  •  Page 13
The Expositor
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
22 Feb 1972, Tue  •  Page 21

Notations about the cave from one of my fave writers Randy Boswell in 2020

 Randy has a wide-ranging career with the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News, where he covered city hall, had a business column, wrote a variety of feature stories, served as city editor and developed a national history beat, he became a full-time professor at Carleton University in 2012.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 2020, Tue  •  Page A7
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Aug 2020, Tue  •  Page A7
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Aug 2020, Mon  •  Page A5

Edward Van Cortlandt had a deep interest in the natural world and contributed greatly to the fields of geology, archeology and biology. He created a museum that was open to the public to display the geological and biological specimens he had collected from around the Ottawa area, as well as the indigenous artifacts, some of which came from the 5,000 year old indigenous burial ground he discovered along the Ottawa River.  Eventually his collection was broken up and used to seed the collections of other institution such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Redpath Museum, The McCord Museum, the Geological Survey of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canadian Museum of History. Van Cortlandt was the first curator in Ottawa and his work went on to help create other world famous Museums. READ more here CLICK

Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Feb 1866, Tue  •  Page 2
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 Jun 1850, Sat  •  Page

Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Jan 1861, Fri  •  Page 1

Related reading:

Where Was Meyers Cave?

Meyer’s Cave — John Walden Meyers


Historical Caves — Pelissier’s Caves

Snow Road Adventures- Hikes in the Old Cave — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

So Where Were the Caves in Carleton Place?

Now You see it, Now You Don’t: The Disappearing and Reappearing of the Tim Horton’s Subterranean

Muddy Beaver Cave

Our newest cave adventure took us (Rob, Mick, Jeff and myself) to the far Eastern end of Ontario. Our mission was to find this long known but not over explored cave. Rob brought this cave location to the attention of us caver’s and some prodding of the cave community showed that it has been explored sporadically in the past. The cave has been somewhat modified due to advancements of the infrastructure in the area in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Muddy Beaver Cave was renamed to cover the somewhat revealing original name. The cave consists of a large half flooded chamber with numerous side nooks and mini chambers. A variety of formations and a rumored aggravated beaver make for an interesting exploration. Enjoy the pics.
1910 cave found.. click on photo to read..
Since Kayley and I both had the privilege of having Holiday Monday free from the constraints of employment, we decided to get out of the house and do a little adventuring.
Our first stop was at the Bonnechere Caves in Eganville, Ontario. CLICK HERE TO READ__

Franks Culvert Cave near Perth click here

THIS IS A STOCK PHOTO OF WHAT I Thought it might look inside.

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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