A Giant’s Kettle in the Middle of Lanark County



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Somewhere along Sheridan Rapid’s Road is something known locally as Grinding Rock orJacob’s Well.Potholes (also called Rockmills or Giant’s Kettles) are round depressions in solid rock ranging from very small to many feet in diameter and depth. Jacob’s Well is actually a deep hollowed rockon the right hand side of the road between the 3rd and 2nd concessions of Dalhousie.


Legends has it that it the geological formation called a kettle was used by the Algonquin First Nations for grinding corn. The native population was still present in this area when European settlers began to arrive, and thenumber of artifacts found in this area indicates that there was certainly a native presence here. Archaeological research has proven that potholes were indeed used by ancient peoples.

In the days when the Mississippi River was larger, a piece of hard granite traveling over softer stone would have caught the eddies…

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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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