The Granary in Your Backyard — Dena Comley


Five years ago after a work history as a consulting engineer, Dena Comley decided she wanted control over her busy schedule. After she made the final decision to be closer to home and family, she chose Carleton Place to make a positive difference in her world and ours.

Even though Dena took over from the former owners of The Granary, she always had a passion for good health. This interest went way beyond her own to include the health of the community and the natural environment. Dena researches all their products before they hit the shelves. The staff are also educated in all aspects of mind, body, and soul. Dena is a believer that your mental being is just as important as your physical health. Balance is an important aspect of any healthy lifestyle.

She is excited about the new expansion of her store. Not only will there be new products like a higher end natural beauty line and essential oils, there will also be a special educational section for customers. There is a projected lending library, reference books, and a directory of local farmers. As she says, if they don’t know the answer to one of your questions, they will look it up. Small cozy workshops are in the works, like cooking classes similar to the popular Make your Own Sauerkraut class they had last year.

The Granary is a one-stop shop, which means you don’t have to drive to Kanata for your needs. If they don’t have it, they will try and get it for you. Just because something is not in the store doesn’t mean they can’t get their hands on it. Dena and staff offer personal and approachable service. She loves the small town aspect of her kids being able to know everyone in the community, so that mantra just naturally overflows into her business.

The Granary’s prices are very comparable to those in the city. If people will pay 5 bucks for a Starbucks drink why is the same amount for a dozen of organic eggs too much? With the Easter holidays approaching, delicious sweet edibles have hopped into the store. Fresh chocolate, and jellybeans are just a start. Don’t forget The Granary is once again participating in “Taste of Maple” in Carleton Place. Check out their selection of local maple products including syrup, butter, candies, sugar and even chocolate.

Ready for Spring cleaning? The Granary has put together a list of ways to clean using Castile soap. Castile soap comes in solid and liquid forms and is made with vegetable oils such as palm, coconut, hemp, jojoba, and olive.  The list goes on, and frankly, I could barely keep up with what Dena has to offer us all in Carleton Place. I was gobsmacked!

As an active member of the local business community, Dena sits on the board of directors for the Carleton Place Business Improvement Area (BIA) and is a member of the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB). The Granary is a proud supporter of local groups, schools and organizations. This year that list includes but is not limited to the CP Canadians,  the Mississippi Mudds and the Carleton Place Museum.

She would like to see future business owners set up a 5 year plan before they open an establishement so they don’t find themselves in a pickle. Do your homework she insists, and I agree. Dena would also like to see local landlords co-operate more with their tenants.

When I was there an older gentleman was buying a product called Osteo-Move by Natural Factors. I asked him if it helped his joint issues. He told me he had been in great pain and after one bottle things were really getting better. Dena proudly nodded her head as he spoke. What she sells is really good for us, and visiting The Granary will make your body be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag.

107 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 257-5986


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March 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
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March 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Taste of Maple
March 29 @ 9:00 am – April 7 @ 6:00 pm
Free Comic Book Day
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Carleton Place- The Happiest Damn Town in Lanark County

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

William Craig Smithson Barn Fire 1950

William Craig Smithson Barn Fire 1950

Fire destroyed Mr. Wm. C. Smithson’s bank barn, 10th line of Ramsay Township, on Sunday afternoon in a very short time. The barn and farm were leased to Mr. Kenneth Fee, local livestock dealer, and he lost 17 calves ready for market, a Hull valued at $250, four young pigs and about 20 tons of hay and baled straw .

Mr. Smithson lost about 30 tons of hay and all sorts of farming equipment that he had assembled since he moved to the farm on the edge of town from Pakenham 21 years ago. The horse stable, which was an annex of the barn, was burned with a large quantity of work and show harnesses, blankets, etc. The pump house which was separate also went up in the blaze. Five calves and a show horse were saved.

Mr. Smithson’ carried $2,000 insurance with the Lanark County Farmers’ Mutual and Mr. Fee had no insurance. The fire was first noticed about 2 p.m. by Gregory Smithson, 11- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Smithson, who was in the barn at the time with Donald Reynolds of Carleton Place. At that time the hay on top of the granary was burning and as the barn doors were open, the fire spread in a matter of seconds.

The Almonte Fire Brigade was called and a thousand feet of hose had to be laid from the High School and the pumper connected. It was too late to do much good but the firemen stayed on the job until 6 p.m. and poured water on the ruins. When Gregory gave the alarm, Mr. and Mrs. Smithson and their daughter, Mrs. Millie Stokes, were at home. Mr. Smithson rushed to the cow stable but was unable to enter because of the extreme heat.

Mr. Fee usually visited the farm on Sunday but on this occasion only arrived when the fire was nearly over. In addition to the stock in the barn, he had 24 milk cows which were out on pasture. On Wednesday, the remains of the livestock had been removed and buried but there was still a big job of cleaning up. Mr. Smithson plans to rebuild. It is estimated the total loss will run around $25,000. 

August 1950

1956, Thursday August 23, The Almonte Gazette page 8
William C. Smithson

Following a month’s illness Mr William Craig Smithson passed away in Ottawa Civic Hospital on Wednesday, August 15h in his 70th year. Born at White Lake, he was the son of James Smithson and his wife, Barbara Craig. As a young man he worked at Cochrane for a few years and then settled in Pakenham Township.

Twenty-four years ago he purchased the farm on the outskirts of Almonte on the 10th line of Ramsay Township where the remainder of his life was spent. He was twice married. His first wife was Isabel Raycroft and following her death he married Jessie Ethel Armstrong in 1937. Surviving are his wife, and three sons and two daughters, William of South Porcupine; Dorothy, Mrs Peer Larsen of Kingston; Mildred, Mrs Dick Kitley of Regina; Douglas of Braeside and Gregory at home. There are also three brothers; Tom, Indian Head; Chris, Arnprior and Richard, Pakenham.

The funeral was held from his late residence, Martin Street on Saturday afternoon, August 18 and was largely attended. Rev Wm D. Reid of Carleton Place officiated and interment was in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Among the tributes to the deceased were flowers from Circle No 2 of Almonte United Church and the employees of the Rosamond Woollen Company. The pallbearers were: Messrs Ted Sonnenburg, Kenneth Fee, William Hanson, Garnet Potter, Orval Peaver and Herman Ziebarth.

Three Years of Barn Swallows– Signs of Spring–Stuart McIntosh

Patrick Doyle Lanark County Barn Raising Ireton

The Lowry Barn on Highway 29

The Bank Barn of William Goth

Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?

The Day a Barn Raising Went Wrong- Meredith Family Genealogy

The Barn on Lot 25 Concession 10 Beckwith –Donna Mcfarlane

So What are the Mysterious “diamond cross” cut-outs seen on barns in Lanark County?

The Revelliers Drum Corp — Clippings

The Revelliers Drum Corp — Clippings
January 1971

Almonte 1974-The management and executive of the Revelliers Drum Corps would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartiest thanks to all the people who helped make our Santa Claus Parade a big success

Chris Gordon Drum line practice on the foundry floor (Revelliers, or as they were then, the Junior Trumpeters).  My mum worked in the office, my grandfather, Sid Stanfield, worked in the foundry.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum‎-This photo was taken during the Carleton Place Centennial Parade on July 1, 1967. The Revelliers are marching by what is now the Granary building. We are looking forward to the 150th parade coming in July 2017!
TUESDAY this morning on Tales of Carleton Place-A few pictures this morning of the Carleton Place and Almonte Revelliers with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith
John Larose sent this in.. This crest is from when my sisters and brother were in the Revelliers
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A few pictures this morning of the Carleton Place and Almonte Revelliers with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith
Penny TraffordThat is Randy Trimble holding the trophy, my brother Dale behind him and my brother Logan behind Dale. And that’s my Dad Fred Trafford walking with the boys. Sean Redmond playing the trumpet. My brother Dale confirmed some more names. Brian Dickie, then Terry Gollinger behind Logan and on the other side he think it’s Michael Quartermain – Kirk Armstrong – Jamie Hunt. 1969
A few pictures this morning of the Carleton Place and Almonte Revelliers with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith
A few pictures this morning of the Carleton Place and Almonte Revelliers with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith
A few pictures this morning of the Carleton Place and Almonte Revelliers with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith
Memories today– A few pictures this morning of the OYB Lampliters with Art Drader as Director.. The book of memories of Arthur Drader was put together by Audrey Drader for Father’s day. Trevor Smith

F. M. McDiarmid Clothing Co — Manny Gomes sign

F. M. McDiarmid Clothing Co  — Manny Gomes sign
Found in back of the stud walls of the back kitchen of 237 William Street in Carleton Place. It was from the McDiarmid Clothing Co at 74 Bridge Street. It had been cut up into 7 pieces.– and Manny Gomes remounted it.

Photos from  the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
McDiarmids was just up the street from the Keyes Building on Bridge Street where The Granary is located-note the balcony.

 The Canadian Bank of Commerce moved into the McDiarmid Block in 1928 and took over Abdallah’s store under the management of Mr. Kent. Some of the tellers were: Bob Hinch, Dave McLaren, Art Bittle, Isabel McLaren, and Dolly McCauley.

Just a note that in the 1970s, the McDiarmid Estate disposed of the McDiarmid block. This building was in the hands of the McDiarmids for eighty some odd years. William and Fred McDiarmid operated a men’s clothing store from approximately 1894 up until the 1930s. Terry McLeod and Bill Cheffins owned Downtown Office Supplies during 80s and 90s and Terry and Bill restored their storefront to resemble the one of the 1890s.


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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
No photo description available.Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum 

This 1933 receipt from The Sportsman’s Store is a recent donation. We love their slogan: “The Sport Store of A Sporty Town”! It was owned by Leo “Sport” J. McDiarmid (1884-1967). Leo was the only one of four brothers who fought in the First War and survived. Opening the store after his return to Carleton Place, Leo also was involved in local politics. Together with his mother Mary, he unveiled the Carleton Place Cenotaph in 1924, created to honour the town’s fallen sons.

After the 1923 fire, the new building housed Leo. McDiarmid’s Sports on the corner of Elgin (victoria) and Bridge Street.  Guns could be purchased or repaired, and ammunition and decoys were sold. Later Cliff Caldwell and his wife Edna operated a hair salon and lived on the second floor. About 1950 George H Doucett bought the building and his insurance company operated there until the early 70s. Mr. William S. Rowat was his office manager and after he lost an eye and could no longer drive, Mr. Doucett’s nephew Allan joined the staff. Mr.and Mrs. Dan Nichols occupied the upstairs apartment and the building was later purchased by Howard McNeely who operated a barbershop at 120 Bridge.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This photo is of Sarah Evangeline McDiarmid. She’s posing at the base of the stone CPR underpass on Mill Street. Today it’s almost completely overgrown and unseen. Evangeline was born in 1889 and grew up in the big stone house at the end of McArthur Street, a daughter of William McDiarmid, store owner, and Mary Lavallee.

Evangeline was married in 1913 to Harry Ruhl, and a second time to Charlie Bates in 1959. She passed away in Carleton Place on June 14, 1976.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Oct 1929, Tue  •  Page 17
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Oct 1940, Mon  •  Page 6

McDiarmid Tennis Courts Photos Photos Photos

  1. Duncan McDiarmid — Family of the Derry
  2. McDiarmid Family– Murals and Vimy Ridge
  3. You Can Leave Your Hat on in Carleton Place!
  4. Duncan McDiarmid — Family of the Derry

#TheBigSpend Saturday Shopping Local — Photo Blog

#TheBigSpend Saturday Shopping Local — Photo Blog


Stephen McNeil



Our small biz have been hit hard by #COVID19NS & need our support. Now more than ever, we need to think local, buy local & support local. Today, I encourage NSians to participate in @TheBigSpend
by shopping at a small business in our province.  #TheBigSpend

It was a hot day out there Saturday July 25th on the pavements of Carleton Place, Ontario. Really in my heart I wanted to cover more territory but my aging legs would have none of the above. But I tried hard. Each time I need to buy something I think first if I can buy it locally. This week I bought flowers from the Floral Boutique and the kids bought pizza from Spartan Pizza for our birthday dinner Friday night.

I knew I could not do the whole street but next Saturday I will do my best to take another crack at it as the Queens has stuff going on.

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Christmas in the Summer – The Queens 2nd Anniversary Event
Public · Hosted by The Queens Crafters and Antique Market

More Clippings Found About the 1910 Carleton Place Fire

It was pretty easy to park anywhere on Saturday, and the first place I hit was the Royal Bank to cash a cheque. As I looked up at the old United Church I noticed they were refacing the stones and the black soot spots on the stones are almost gone. Each time I looked up at that building the black marks reminded me of the day our downtown was nearly wiped out. Now there will be no more reminders.

Burn’s Jewellers

Did you know that Burns Jewellers is one of the few places that carries ALL Canadian diamonds? That’s right no blood diamonds here–which are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world. Mr. Burns knows what’s right to sell!!
Mr. Burns from Burns Jewellers telling me I should know what a mechanical watch is.. LOLOL
The A. H. Whitton watch that was given to the former mayor of Almonte by the employees in 1948. Mr. Burns also told me there are hardly any watchmakers left in the business.. they all died off like the plasterers.-A Piece of Almonte History for Sale –A. H. Whitten- Almonte Hotel

After the bank I popped in to see Lainie and Mr. Burns. I thought my vintage watch was broken but it wasn’t. You just needed to know how to wind a mechanical watch.. DUH! I’m surely old enough to know that. But, he said I wasn’t the first and would not be the last because apparently there was a gent in before me who didn’t have a clue either. He fixed another watch of mine and there is a necklace in for repair. While I was there he showed me all the Canadian diamonds and there are a few surprises coming to Burns, so stay tuned.

The Good Food Co.

The Good Food Co, Bridge Street Carleton Place

Next was the Good Food Co.— I could have bought a lot of stuff there, but I was trying to hit as many stores as I could. Best Cheddar Onion Scones around. Don’t forget Petra has a lovely side patio where you can munch on your treats. There is limited inside seating also.

The Granary

The Granary Bridge Street Carleton Place

I bought some Little Stream Bread– Little Stream Bread is out of Perth-Little Stream Bakery handcrafts each loaf of its naturally leavened (no yeast added), stone ground flour bread using only organically grown grains. Of course I had to pick up some Berry Gummy Bears. The gal at the counter is always very helpful and explained they also had Vegan Gummy Bears too.

Argues old front screen door-Memories of Argue’s Food Market?

Taste Blooms Allan Street

Taste Blooms Allan Street Carleton Place Lemon Brownies and Dark Chocolate Brownies.
Taste Blooms Allan Street Carleton Place- Cherry Vanilla Cake – This was my Saturday Birthday Cake
Taste Blooms Allan Street Carleton Place Birthday Cookies- Milk Chocolate Chip

So next place was Taste Bloom’s on Allan Street– across from the Queen’s Hotel and near the Good Companion. ( The Old Hunger Stop Food Bank location) They have a few socially distanced tables if you care to have a treat or lunch. I got our Saturday night Birthday cake and a small sampling of Brownies. They cater too and specialize in making cakes! They also have birthday cookies if it’s your birthday.

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Taste Blooms caters too!

There’s always something new every day for lunch and treats so check with them by viewing their Facebook page. You will not regret it. She is also Studied Diplôme de Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa. A great addition to our wee town!!! We loved our treats!


Wisteria’s gorgeous clocks and decor.. here is their website
I can’t figure out it is a bee or a fly… but I love it.

Since 2006, Wisteria has been a downtown Carleton Place destination on Bridge Street and Janice has filled this exciting shop with an eclectic mix of high end ladies’ consignment clothing and shoes, with a large section of new jewelry, giftware and home decor, including soft furnishings like throws, cushions and quilts. After a nice visit with Janice and Gail I decided to buy this great necklace. I love their conversation pieces–plus their conversation. Check out their website too!

Fisherman’s Palace

Phad Thai Fisherman’s PalaceHot Pots Are the New Friday! Fisherman’s Palace Brings Hot Pots to Carleton Place!!

I was tired and hot by this time so home I went and we decided to order our favourite: Pad Thai from Fisherman’s Palace. My benchmark Thai restaurant back in Berkeley, California was The Plearn on University Ave. I would often take BART up to Berkeley Main for a dish of Pad Thai with Steve on a whim.

I have had Pad Thai from Fishman’s Palace many times and I can tell you it is as close to the Plearn that I will ever get. Believe me, there is plenty of bad Pad Thai out there – many versions are too sweet or ketchupy, but a true Pad Thai, however, is a thing of beauty — and that’s what this is.

Each time I walk into our local stores I hear this song

REVISED Carleton Place Food Take Out List

REVISED Carleton Place Food Take Out List




Thank you to Kate Murray from the Carleton Place BIA for beginning this list and to all the rest of you for finishing it. If you want to support our local businesses– here is your list of take out places etc..


Take Out Food Delivery Person Holding Bag of Restaurant Dinner


Take out Only:


The Good Food Company– check out their facebook page for daily treats





Mr.Mozzarella–Mr Mozzarella is open for pick up and delivery up to 25 kilometres

Gourmet-Take out and delivery all day– have you tried their breakfast?












Good News!

Good Afternoon just wanted to give quick update on HING Wah Restaurant!

Thursday May 7th they will Re open for Take out only!

The New operating hours will be

Wed-Sun 4pm to 8pm

Mothers Day they will open at 2pm for take out!



The Grub Hub– 320 Coleman Street
Carleton Place, — (Food truck)
The Grub Hub The Grub Hub will also be open for takeout starting tomorrow 🙂 Hours may dependent on weather conditions so they will be posted daily for the time being. For the time being, we will be posting our hours of operation each morning until we can figure out what works best with the changes that have taken place over the last few weeks. Weather may also play a factor in hours of operation. It is our goal to be open Monday through Saturday but we appreciate your patience while we figure out how to make this new normal work.


Sagar Indian Cuisine Carleton Place– Open for take out… through pick up and Valley Eats

Boulton House-

90669637_2894280543999163_7276601414711771136_nThe phone number for any questions or pickups during this time will be ‭+1 (613) 492-1566

Lake Side Shawarma-Hey friends, we hope you are all staying safe and taking precaution in these scary times. We at Lakeside have decided that effective immediately, there will be no dining in the restaurant. Instead, we will be taking orders over the phone, that you can pick up to take home to enjoy. We will also be closed on Sunday and Monday to for extra precaution. We are not taking this lightly, we are cleaning and disinfecting the store regularly, and wearing gloves at all times. Let’s use this time to teach our kids things that are not taught in the classroom, watch those movies you and your loved ones have been wanting to watch, and just find the good in this trying time.
Our phone number is (613)253-8333 to call in for your orders. Thank you for understanding and can’t wait to see you all when this is over!

Eataria Unlimited

Spartan Pizzeria is open offering delivery only- no cash 🙂

Smith & BarrellIn response to the COVID-19 issue, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Hotel & Smith & Barrel effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. We will continue to offer take out and delivery through ‘valley eats’ 

Thruway-takeout and they also use Valley Eats!!! Do a truck date night there..


Mississippi Golf Club —-Appleton We just opened for the season! And are offering take out from 11-6:30 daily. Our phone number is 613 257 2090

The Moose—

The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery

Just a reminder as we have been getting messages, please see below for inquiries:

We will be open for takeout only on the following days *3:30-8:30*

• Monday – CLOSED
• Tuesday – Double Fajitas Special $22.50
• Wednesday – Regular Menu
• Thursday – .85 Wings
• Friday – Regular Menu
• Saturday – $10 Barons Special (regular $13)
• Sunday – CLOSED

As always please phone the restaurant with your orders, we are only accepting credit and debit and we do not deliver. Reminder, if you or a loved one is feeling ill please distance yourself from the restaurant during this time.

As always please phone the restaurant with your orders, we are only accepting credit and debit and we do not deliver. Reminder, if you or a loved one is feeling ill please distance yourself from the restaurant during this time.

Thank you all! We look forward to seeing you. Safe and healthy wishes to you and your families ❤️


Again, thanks for your continuous support and well wishes!

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Law & Orders Innisville is open for take out and delivery


PERTH Law & Orders Food Trailer up and running!

Hey Perth!

We have some exciting news to share! The Law & Orders SBU Food Trailer is open for business in Perth. Come find us in the Perth Algonquin College parking lot, located at
7 Craig Street.

Give us a call at 613-253-5558 to place your pick up order.

Our operating hours are:

Tuesday: 11:00-2:00 & 4:00-7:00
Wednesday: 11:00-2:00 & 4:00-7:00
Thursday: 11:00-2:00 & 4:00-7:00
Friday: 11:00-2:00 & 4:00-7:00
Saturday: 11:00-2:00 & 4:00-7:00
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED

*****Click on this link to see our delicious menu!

To make it as easy as possible for our customers, we are accepting different methods of payment.

1. Credit card payment over the phone
2. Email transfer to:
3. Cash and debit/credit card machine on site
4. Order online at

Thank you for the continued support, we can’t wait to see you!

Gathering Grounds-open for take out?

ValleyEats is working with their partnered restaurants to help get their food delivered.

House of Fong

Fisherman’s Palace

Pizza Pizza


St. James Gate

As of today, Friday, May 1st, St. James Gate in Downtown Carleton Place is now open for take-out, Wednesday to Sunday, 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Delivery is also available through the ValleyEats app!

Take-out menu is online at

Call 613-257-7530 to place your order.

Orders will be picked up through our front entrance. If you are parking in the back parking lot, you can access the front entrance via the alleyway that runs beside the Granary.

We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you!

A & W (Home Depot Plaza)

Good Companion- Open for takeout

Stalwart Brewing is open for take out beer only

Braumeister-Tuesday to Sunday 3-7 PM retail services only

Old Towne Bakery-The Bakery is open. Yes we have bread. Will keep things going as long as we’re able.Be safe everyone.
Orders by phone only please.

Dairy Queen-We are open for take out (Valley Eats) and drive thru service as well.

Tim Hortons– Drive Thru Only

Starbucks-Drive Thru

McDonalds-Drive Thu Only

Harveys-Drive Thru Only

Pizza Pizza

Pitmaster- take out –Just dinners-Friday to Sunday 4-8– also through Valley Eats

Milano Pizza-IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!–While we were looking for a way to make all of us safer in this crazy time, we initially announced we would only offer delivery and for orders to be paid online. We soon realized that this would exclude many customers who live out of town and want our food, as well as those who have no CC. THEREFORE–We are lifting those restrictions BUT ask that you wait for your food order, outside the front door.

Ashton Pub-is closed but open for beer sales

Beckwith Kitchen-Open BUT –Please remember, if you are sick or have travelled or been around someone who has travelled and have not completed the quarantine period, please do not enter the store – give us a call and we can work out some arrangements. It is imperative that you do this for all businesses still open in order to ensure they can continue providing you with your basic needs.
Thank you.



Black Tartan-closed

GastroPub- closed


Under Pressure-closed (opening soon)


Mississippi Mills Take Out List








Did you Know? Bet You Didn’t!

Did you Know? Bet You Didn’t!

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Did you know The Falcon on Highway 7 had a Curly Cone Bar? It was also opened 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Did you know that the Grand Hotel is listed in the top 100th list of  “Most Haunted in Canada”?

Did you know the International Cairn on Bell Street  comprises of rocks from over 2 dozen countries in the world?

Did you know the shops on Bell, Mill and Bridge Street were once open from 6 am to 10 pm and the average work day for laborers was 11 hours?

Did you know that the Findlays had no idea they owned the piece of land on High Street where the first Findlay blacksmith shop existed and now the Finldaly Cairn is located there dedicated to the Findlay family and Findlay plant?

Next to where the Roy Brown Statue is being built (200 Bridge Street) was the tailor shop owned by Colin Sinclair. At one time, they made the police uniforms for the entire town.

At one time Bridge Street had parking on both sides of the street. If you could make it down the street word was you could drive anywhere.

In the back of As Good as New which was once Schwerdtfeger’s Tobacco Shop at 33 Bridge Street the back room once held a large round table and several chairs. Card games took place there regularly, and many an argument could be heard out on the streets coming from the old cronies that congregated there.

Acquisti Life at 19 Bridge Street used to be Joie Bond’s store. At one time kids would  go in to buy firecrackers and Joey would make them sign for them. She had a book or ledger and the names in it were hilarious. The kids would sign Dick Tracy, Robin Hood , you name it !

Brown & Macfarlane at 21 Bridge Street was once Bowland and Sutherland Grocery store — Mr. Sutherland had dark hair and his partner Rube Bowland was the one that carried on most of the business. He was well liked and was most noted by the townsfolk  for wearing a wig which he seemed to wear in all directions and lose sometimes.

At one time the walls of the Mississippi Hotel ( Grand Hotel) and the Queen’s Hotel had murals painted on the first floor walls. Theodore Jensen did them all and he painted 12 murals alone in the halls and staircases of the Queen’s Hotel. In the parlors of the Mississippi Hotel he painted Canadian Nature scenes.

The fire of 1910 had been discovered at the rear of the building at the corner of Bridge and Albert Streets in the heart of the town.  This building was occupied by Cameron Brothers and W. Singleton & Son and there is considerable doubt as to which side of the premises the fire originated.  However, it is generally believed that the fire started from a box stove at the back of the meat shop.

The right side where Apple Cheeks is now located was once the Nickel Theatre and after the movie some of the kids went to the other side of the building to Ed Keyes Ice Cream Parlor. A large scoop ice cream cone cost 5 cents or a sundae with peanuts and maple syrup costs 15 cents.


Ferguson & Smythe moved to the downstairs of 73 Bridge Street in the early years of this building. The Leather and Harness Shop of Ferguson and Smythe sold suitcases and valises, as well as harness and horse collars. One of the partners was supposed to have pointed a revolver at one of the daily visitors to the business. Magistrate McNeely would not consider the laying of a charge regarding the alleged incident.


Fred West and later Ned Root had a shoe repair shop at 92 Bridge Street where you could get lifts for your shoes for 15 cents or half soles for a $1.00. Later on this location was a candy shop called the Ideal Candy Store run by Sandy Robertson and his wife Thelma.

Major W.H. Hooper was appointed Post Master in 1920 and served as Post Master until his retirement in 1950. During Hooper’s time in office many changes occurred.He had control of the clerk for the position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building. The Central School children popped in daily to get warm on cold days and enjoy the steam heat.


The original Bank of Nova Scotia building was torn down in the 1970s and the current structure replaced it. The longest living branch in Carleton Place; it was first the Bank of Ottawa established in 1883. When the bank opened February 1, 1883, it was one of the earliest branches to be open outside the city of Ottawa.

101 Bridge Street, the former Olympia restaurant, with its booths, curved counter and red leather stools, was a local institution and operated by Louis and James Laskaris as the Olympic Candy Store in 1920. Jim was the manager and principal owner and Louis was the candy maker.  There was once great displays of Turkish Delight fudge and butter cups displayed in their windows.

106 Bridge Street was the home of one of the most prominent persons in town during his lifetime. Dr. Richard F. Preston served the community not only as a Physician but as a Reeve of the village, the first Mayor of The town, a member of the Legislative Assembly in 1895 and a Member of Parliament in the 1920s. The building once had a very wide staircase from the centre of the lawn that led to the 2nd floor.

110 Bridge Street was originally the office of John (Johnny) A. McGregor, who was the county sheriff, commonly called doctor, but certainly was not a doctor of any kind. Carleton Place was ‘dry’ in his days but there still was a good number of bootleggers. Johnny was short in stature and wore a long fur coat in the winter that dragged through the snow like a western rustler.

Did you know whenever a liquour raid was to be carried out in Carleton Place Johnny A. McGregor the county sheriff had to be present so he would be transported to the scene of the crime by Kidd Bryce Taxi. Word on the street was there were never too many successful raids.


In 1950 Mr. Dowdall purchased the brick building at Bridge and Emily and moved his business. Walter Stanzel later lived here and operated his taxi business. It was well known all around town that Mr. Stanzel had a pet skunk and and a pet raccoon as well. No word if they came for rides in his taxi!


Argue’s Grocer first ran their business in the 1950’s and 60’s selling everything from produce and eggs to canned goods and cleaning supplies now the Granary location..

In 1923, J.H. Dack moved into what is now Burn’s Jewellers and Dack Jewellers. The family continued to operate at 115 Bridge Street until March of 2017. 

McCann’s pool room was located at 91 Bridge Street for a time. Cecil  T. McCann and James Porter came from Westport and purchased the local pool room and word was there was ‘No Girls Allowed!”

Terry McLeod and Bill Cheffins owned Downtown Office Supplies during the 80s and 90s before St. James Gate opened in the same location and Terry and Bill restored their storefront to resemble the one of the 1890s.

Misses Sallie and Sarah Hickson once operated their variety store on the corner block store where the Toonie shop is now after moving across from the opposite side of the street. In 1883 on Bridge Street, Hickson’s Fair was offering “cambric underskirts for 69 cents” and the natives from McArthur Island used to come every Friday night and perform in front of their store.


Bob Flint’s store was the first to sell televisions in Carleton Place and Bruce Sadler put up all the aerials in Carleton Place. Bob Flint’s son continued the business under the same name and years later they moved to the other side of Bridge Street closer to the Town Hall.

The Sam Dunfield building on Bridge Street had two recessed entrances as well as another door leading to the upstairs living quarters. Mr. Dunfield ran a bottling works and manufactured them after buying the business from A.R. G. Peden. These were put into stone bottles with a spring cap and the most popular ones were Cream Soda and Ginger Ale.

 Hughes Rexall Drug store was located at 125 Bridge Street and there was a dark room at the rear of the store where Mr. Hughes tested your eyes for glasses. You could also buy a roll of film #116 for a Brownie Box camera for 25 cents and for $1.25 he would send it away to be developed.

In 1944 Harvey Asselstine returned to Carleton Place and bought the drugstore at the corner of Bridge and Franklin, from W.J. Hughes who operated it for 38 years. Betty Findlay and Mary Cook both worked at Assestine’s Pharmacy.

The doorway to upstairs at 137 Bridge Street led up to Taber Business College on the third floor under the supervision of Charles J. Taber. Besides having students from Carleton Place there were many that arrived daily shortly after 9 am on the CPR local from the Ashton and Stittsville area.

In 1889, Dr. McEwen had his drug store called the People’s Drug Store on Bridge Street. Dr.McIntosh took over Dr. McEwen’s drug store and J.P. McLaren bought the pharmacy from Dr. McIntosh in 1935. If you had a rash or open sore when you came to school  the teacher sent immediately to People’s Drug Store to have a look at it in case it was from a contagious disease. If he found a child with a temperature or a rash they were most likely sent home and quarantined.

When you bought something at Taylor’s Hardware Store (Bloomex) you handed the clerk on the floor the purchase money and they made out a sales slip and put the money in a metal container fastened to a long wire. This ran along the wire to the office girls and they made the change and returned the container to the clerk who handed you the money.

Did you know William Irwin had bowling alleys on the second floor of the Bloomex building before moving to 49 Bridge Street?

Did you know that the Taylor Block was once  home to Eaton’s and the original Eaton’s safe is still in the basement?

Rob Probert began his candle making at a young age, possibly around 12, at his home at the corner of McCrostie and Joseph Streets. When his small cottage industry took off, he moved downtown to the former Patterson Furniture Store at the bridge.

The corner lot of Bell and Bridge was the Supertest Service Station run by John Dezell and his son Forest. Later Chas. Black was the proprietor. When it was the Super Test garage Bernie Costello played the piano for the Saturday afternoon crowd.

In the winter time Bennett’s Butchery ( Hing Wah)  closed in the afternoon, because they had to haul ice from the Mississippi River.  The shop had an ice box, and two ice houses held the year’s supply. Each day, ice had to be hauled into the shop to fill the ice box.  The Bennett’s didn’t have that problem in the winter. The butcher shop was so cold the meat froze overnight, and stayed frozen all day.


Breathtaking Bargains and Jukebox Favourites at The Falcon on Highway 7

Jim’s Restaurant Fire 1969

Rolling Down Highway 15

Weekend Driving- Smiths Falls Franktown and Carleton Place 1925

“If Wayne Robertson Jumped Off the Highway 7 Bridge Does that Mean You Do it?”

Something Really Spells Funny on Highway 7

The Lost Highway

Breathtaking Bargains and Jukebox Favourites at The Falcon on Highway 7

Sentimental Journey Through Carleton Place — Did You Know About Sigma 7?

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 — Highway 7 Landmarks

An Explosive Highway 7 Tale


The Falcon Carleton Place Memories

Approximately 50 years ago, my older Sister Beatrice Gibson, my younger sister, Carol (Gibson) Brownlee, and I worked for Shirley and Warner at the Falcon Restaurant near Carleton Place. If was first time summer jobs for Carol and I, and we really appreciated the generosity of Shirley and Warner. Quite often, they would drive us home to Lammermoor, after a full day of work on Saturday – not many employers do that. Shirley reconnected with Beatrice a few years ago, and Carol and I had a chance to visit her on one of those occasions. It was so nice to see her after so many years, and she was still her jolly self with lots of interesting conversation. Shirley was an amazing woman and will certainly be missed.s Posted by Norma Norma Ennis | 24-Sep-2017


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Shirley Wood

WOOD, Shirley (nee Martin) Peacefully, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the age of 86.  Predeceased by her husband Warner and son David.  Survived by her brothers William (Brenda) and Jerry (Lynda)
Martin.  Shirley was an active member of the East Gate Alliance Church.  Funeral arrangements in the care of 
Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery 3700 Prince of Wales Drive 613-692-121

07-Jul-1931 – 16-Sep-2017

Local Women Wearing Hats– Photos Chica Boom Chica Boom

Local Women Wearing Hats– Photos Chica Boom Chica Boom

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Please send me pictures of you wearing a hat. When I was a child my grandmother Mary Louis Deller Knight told me that you were never fully dressed up unless you sports a hat and gloves. Today I have made most of my hat collection and have over 145 hats. It is a true passion of mine and hope one day it all comes back.



Linda’s Hat Challenge… Send me a picture of you wearing a hat.. Amanda Thompson–At a wedding in Calgary last August.


Wanita Bates in one of my creations



Patti Lennox in her mother’s hat



Maryann Morley—Me as Minnie Pearl at the Radio show for Dale Scott

Linda, Here’s me in a hat from my niece’s first communion. I bought the hat at the Real Wool Shop. Theresa Fritz



Cheryl Shore—Me at Upper Canada Village this summer sporting a shade hat 
Brenda Mattey—Wedding bound
Not a photo of myself, but my lovely mother Marilyn Devlin.-Susan Devlin
Jean Bright
The beautiful Marilyn Robertson at St. James
Deborah Fleming
Kim Ronzoni’s Kitchen Food Demo for Saputo Foods at Farmer’s Pick
Rogall Photos
Kim Ronzoni’s Kitchen at the Annual Carp Garlic Festival trying to smile for an impromptu photo with fresh garlic in her mouth! 🤦🏽‍♀️
I never wore hats when I was younger but people always compliment me! Kim Ronzini
Louise A Gour
I love hats.. I just never seem to find a good opportunity to wear them. Here’s a picture if me when I was in Australia. Everyone wears a fascinator during the Melbourne Cup in Australia… So I went along. I actually really liked it. 🙂
Anne Born
Outside the old St Andrews Church in my anniversary Hat Joann Voyce
Christina A. Preece
Marlene Springer-Mom shopped at Mrs. Shanes for hats for years!
Heather Dorman
Julie Phillips-Bowden‎
The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods Tammy Thompson looking her witchiest best
Patricia Burnett-This is the iconic Jan Ferguson. Hats for birthday high tea with my BFF
Linda Seccaspina
The chatelaine today at my home away from home Crossroads in Perth– Lost Horizons film circa 1937

The Doors Open Wagon Ride –Valerie Strike Photos– Carleton Place

The Doors Open Wagon Ride –Valerie Strike Photos– Carleton Place


All photos by Valerie Strike– She and Gary rode twice LOLOL




Braumeister Brewing 19 Moore Street–Braumeister Brewing Co. is a Bavarian-inspired craft brewery with a taproom and garden. Offering a new experience for beer lovers in and around the Nation’s capital, Braumeister is the place to enjoy quality beer and quality conversation. CLICK HERE to read more



The sample room at the Grand Hotel– Salesman would gather their wares in this section of the building and local retailers would come to view and by. It is now the Smith & Barrel pub which is dripping with chandeliers, tin ceilings, warm accents, and a beautiful outdoor patio. With unique adaptations on gastro-pub fare, our chef is constantly creating new and exciting dishes to keep you coming back.our professional mixologists offer an expansive selection of craft cocktails and spirits for any taste. CLICK HERE



The Grand Hotel (former Mississippi Hotel)– one of the top 100 haunted places in Canada.

Napoleon Lavallee bought the property for $50 in 1869 and opened the hotel in 1872 after he sold the Leland Hotel/ Carleton House on Bridge Street.  The McIlquham family bought it 11 years later in 1883 and when Joe Belisle worked there from 1917-1920 it had ornate woodwork, a grand staircase and the stone facade had wooden white wrap-around verandas. The elegant dining room tables were covered in  fine lace linen and gleaming cutlery, and the Mississippi Hotel became known for its homemade food and attracted travelling salesman from far and wide. The salesmen set up trunks in their rooms offering everything from dishes to clothing that was scooped up by local merchants that came to buy at the hotel. The place was packed daily with fans from Stittsville, Smiths Falls and Perth–and if you talk to Gerald Hastie people came in early for the fresh baked pies, and by noon they were pretty well sold out. Read more here CLICK



Did you know that Stompin Tom Connors that was one of the folks that saved the Grand Hotel/ Mississippi?  Stompin’ Tom Connors came out of hiding years later to save the beloved hotel where he once sang. In 1990 the Mississippi Hotel was slated for demolition and a few concerned citizens contacted the now reclusive Connors and asked for his help. Connors had become a “recluse” due to his ongoing disagreements with the Canadian music business. The Carleton Place plea to Connors himself got the ball rolling to save the hotel and he and the Mississippi Hotel made national news. READ more here CLICK



The Carleton Place Post Office was built after the Federal Building was closed. Did you also know it always used to be the Central School- but it was torn down.

Circa-1842, 1870, 1962-1963

In the 1850s, parents had to pay what was called school rates and school attendance was not compulsory. The 8 room stone Central Public School was built in 1870 and then in 1876 it was rebuilt and sat in the middle of this large corner lot.

This site was the first Carleton Place Common School that replaced the original form of the 1870 central school that was originally built to form the letter T so a single teacher could watch all the pupils.  In 1919 alterations and additions were also added to the Central School.

Read more here CLICK


The Old Federal Building/ Post Office-

The Government built a new federal building in 1891 on Bridge Street during Mr. Struthers’ term of office. This new building called the old brown stone building was the post office for years between the Franklin street site and the present post office opened in 1963. This building also housed the Customs Office and caretaker’s apartment, and later the unemployment office. Findlay McEwen was appointed Post Master in 1907 after the death of Struthers. McEwen fulfilled the role until his death in 1920. During his term of office three rural mail deliveries were established: Ashton, Innisville, and Appleton.

On the first floor was the post office with Mr. Struthers as postmaster and two ladies for clerks (The Virtue Sisters). Here too as a part of the post office was the Railway Telegraph Service (Myles Shields being CPR operator with Mina Scott). This service later moved to its own building.

Major W.H. Hooper was appointed Post Master in 1920 and served as Post Master until his retirement in 1950. During Hooper’s time if office many changes occurred.He had control of the clerk for the position of Telegraph operator until the telegraph service moved to its own building. The school children popped in daily to get warm on cold days and enjoy the steam heat. The caretaker lived on the upper floor and could be counted on to appear as soon as the children entered the building and order them out. Major Hooper was also a gruff individual and his family on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge Street. READ more here..CLICK



The Keyes Building/ The Granary Apts–

The Granary is located in the historic Keyes Block at 107 Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Like many of the old buildings on Bridge Street, the history of The Keyes Building runs deep and is remembered in different ways by many. The original structure that occupied the lot was built in the early 1800’s.

The modest wood building housed the Keyes’ family shoe business and living quarters. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1880’s. READ MORE HERE CLICK




The Queen’s Hotel–

When Tom Sloan was the owner of the Queen’s hotel he had a sign out front that was really worth reading:

Good Sample Rooms-Centrally Located

Commercial Rates- One dollar and a half per day

This house has been renovated all through and is one of the coziest and most enjoyable in the Ottawa Valley.

Hotel Rules for Visitors

Board- 50 cents a square foot- meals extra

The hotel is convenient to all cemeteries- hearses to hire 25 cents

Guests are requested not to speak to the dumb waiter

Guests are requested not to play any games more exciting that Old Maid after 7 pm so as not to disturb the night clerk’s slumber

If the room gets too warm open the window and see the fire escape.

In case of fire you will have a hard time finding the fire escape, there ain’t any.
If you’re fond of athletics and like good jumping, lift the mattress and see the bed spring

Married men without baggage are requested to leave their wives at the office for security
Dont worry about paying your bills;the house is supported by its foundation.


READ more here.. CLICK

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Woodcock’s Bakery

Rick Roberts — Woodcocks unsliced bread and large soft cookies were staples at our house. Harry Delarge was a baker at Woodcocks during the 1960s. One day each week, Harry made baked beans that could be purchased in a paper board french-fry box. Haven’t tasted beans that good since…

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Remember the round loaves everybody – that and sugar buns was our Saturday thing!!!

Sylvia Giles It was the Caramel Cookies that they used to make!!!! The size of a side plate and full of plump raisins!! Mmmmm

Lori Dawn The donut machine in the front window



Moore House- Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce

The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. Another official chamber of commerce would follow 65 years later, probably in Bruges, then part of the Spanish Netherlands. So how old is Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce? The Honourable Perrin Beatty of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce spoke to local business owners at the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce breakfast in 2016 at the Town Hall and we celebrated a century of support for local business.  So now we are 103!!

Did you know that Moore House was once part of an 100 acre farm which extended from the intersection of Highway 7 and Franktown Road to Rochester Street and included Lake Ave East to Moore Street and Lansdowne Ave to Napoleon. Then it was moved up Bridge Street. READ more here CLICK

Did you know it houses a collection of Roy Brown memorabilia and the ghost of Ida Moore. Who was Ida Moore? READ MORE here– CLICK



The Carleton Place Town Hall–

Mr. Willoughby, the builder, billed the town of Carleton Place for an extra $3,000 which was more than the original agreed upon price. He had decided to add those cupolas of his own accord without mentioning it to anyone, but he still felt the town of Carleton Place should pay for it.

Now here is it where it seems to get cloudy. One newspaper reported that Willoughby took the matter to the Supreme Court. The next story was he simply took the council to a local court. It doesn’t matter which story you believe because Wiloughby lost in the end as the town council had not asked for the cupolas.

My question is: Don’t you think they would have noticed those cupolas being added and put a stop to it? I am sure this did not happen with a flick of a wand overnight. Another odd story from the Carleton Place files. But honestly, thanks goodness he did.. they are beautiful. READ MORE HERE CLICK



Did you know 100s of people used to walk up and down Mill Street when the mills were open? Bolton House and Roy Brown’s childhood home on the right. Bill Bagg and Brook McNabb used to live in that home too. Read more about the Mills here CLICK



Mrs. Gillies House was once located in Memorial Park but burnt down. This fabulous home was destroyed in the 1910 fire that covered a good portion of its neighbourhood including the old Zion Church at the corner of Beckwith and Albert.

A couple of interesting facts … the home was only 26 years old when it burned. Mrs. Gillies who was by then a widow donated the land to the town to be used in perpetuity as a public space.

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House of Fong was one of the only buildings to survive the fire of 1910. You can see the old. Members of the Methodist (United) Church formed a bucket brigade around the church and the parsonage of Rev. A. Wilkinson and succeeded in saving both buildings.

Read more here- Click

NEXT HISTORY WAGON RIDE AT PUMPKINFEST October 19th.. Each ride begins at Carleton Junction/ Woolgrowers. Scary scary stories only.



Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place- What are Baseball Bats Used for in Movies?

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 2–A Snack and a View

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place–I Threw Away my Candy at The Ginger Cafe Part 3

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 4–Stepping Back in Time

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 5–Fly Me to the Moon

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6

McDiarmid Tennis Courts Photos Photos Photos

McDiarmid Tennis Courts Photos Photos Photos


ennifer Fenwick Irwin Just to the west of their home – the “McArthur House- the “McArthur House” on McArthur Avenue





Postcard McDiarmids Carleton Place 1907











Public Archives



This image of the McDiarmid ladies (and men!) washing up after a picnic was taken about 1914. The McDiarmids lived in the big stone house at the end of McArthur Street, where they had a tennis court in the side yard.

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Tennis match, three persons on the court. ca. 1910 -Public Archives
July 1894–Public Archives Carleton Place

Perth Courier, Nov. 9, 1888—

Mr. Archibald McArthur, of Carleton Place, has donated $1,000 to Knox College to establish a scholarship to be known as the Arthur McArthur scholarship



This photo was taken from the roof of the McArthur stone house on McArthur Avenue, looking north. Here’s a few shots taken from the same roof last month.



Your 200th Memory– I can’t remember where I got this photo of children playing in Carleton Place– but back then it was a different time. Jennifer Fenwick Irwin== These are the McDiarmid children, at their home on McArthur Avenue.

Doug B. McCarten Agree that there was a lot of freedom to just be a kid back then and it was SOP in small towns across the country…. Today there are many new things to consider leading to lesser freedoms for kids which I think makes them less prepared for life. Growing up now is much more complicated than back then.

Norma Ford –Back then there was always some parent that would tell your parents what you were doing and you got it when you got home or the next day.

Myfanwy Charbonneau –Thats the way I grew up, little supervision and lots of trust to do the right thing, growing up was fun, playing in the woods, climbing trees, walking wooden fence lines, picking wild fruit, playing his and seek in the wild juniper bushes, then head to the house and eat lunch, and out again until chore time. I loved those days. They make me feel young again.




Tennis Group 1884 Ottawa


Clipped from

  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 31 Jul 1896, Fri,
  3. Page 8
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Photos from  the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

McDiarmids was just up the street from the Keyes Building on Bridge Street where The Granary is located-note the balcony.




  1. Clipped from

    1. The Gazette,
    2. 22 Oct 1930, Wed,
    3. Page 16



    5. The McArthurs of Carleton Place

      The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?

      The Faeries of McArthur Island- Dedicated to the Bagg Children

    6. The McArthur Love Story

    7. The River Dance of the McArthur Mill in Carleton Place

    8. Duncan McDiarmid — Family of the Derry

    9. McDiarmid Family– Murals and Vimy Ridge

      You Can Leave Your Hat on in Carleton Place!