Photo- One of the Rosamond Almonte Mills on the left and the Peden Family in front of the Rosamond House on Bell Street in Carleton Place.–
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James Rosamond, the textile king in Almonte once owned the home on Bell Street.The home is located on a piece of land originally obtained by William Morphy who came in 1819 but he never received a deed for the land until way after 1824. Morphy sold a portion of the land to James Rosamond who built the stone home that sits next to Hurd’s Hall. He was also once once of the first industrialist developers in Carleton Place.
James Rosamond built mills in Carleton Place and Almonte in the 1840s and 1850s. His sons, Bennett and James, began the large Almonte mill in 1866, in partnership with George Stephen of Montréal. Rosamond operated a woolen factory across the street from his home in Carleton Place until a dispute began with the Carleton Place town council about the lease of the land. He left as fast as you can say ” Jack is your uncle” when Amonte lured him with great promises and dreams and began the Rosamond Woolen Mill in Almonte. It became one of the most progressive mills in Canada. Bell Street was also known as a thriving street. The street had some twenty five buildings scattered along its present four blocks. Read the rest here..https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/rosamunds-the-one-carleton-place-let-get-away/