Did You Know About Fettercairn Island?

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Did you know that Fettercairn Island was once located on Richardson Island in Indian Lake? It explodes with a rich history as once the site of a rehabilitation centre for battle worn returning soldiers of World War I.

Fettercairn Island

Black and white photograph of Fettercairn Island around 1916 – 1918. Photograph taken of Soldier’s Convalescent Camp at Fettercairn Island/Indian Lake, Chaffey’s Lock, Ontario from 1916 – 1918.

I can;t find much about Fettercairn Island’s history in the news archives. I can find tons about when it converted to the Girl Guides, but very little about the soldier convalescent  home it had on the island for soldiers from World War 1.  The island has a fascinating history. It was originally known as Fettercairn Island, a name meaning “rock surrounded by water” given to the island by the Richardson family who purchased it in 1901. The Richardsons also acquired property on…

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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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