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Past “Impressions” of Nancy Code Miller


Photos from the Carleton Place Canadian Files 1990s from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



More about Nancy Code Miller can be read here.





Scotch Corners Union S.S. #10 School Fire




S.S. #10: Scotch Corners Union School ¬†School Lot 2, Con 10 ‚ÄĒScotch Corners. The first school house was built of logs and was located on the corner of the property close to the 11th Concession to be more central.

The frame school house was built  in 1872 located in the same vicinity as the log house that was located just to the left of the frame school house, and nearer to the to road. Initially, they had decided to rebuild the school a mile farther down the road as that location seemed to be more centrally located because more people lived down by the lake then. Finally it was decided to be built just off Highway 7 where the log school had been built.

19th Century Schoolroom

Glass Plate Negative ‚Äď Inside a 19th Century Schoolroom
NLRM 2012.55.20-Almonte Gazette
19th Century —North Lanark Regional Museum
This rare photograph depicts the inside of a school house classroom in the late nineteenth century. A chalkboard and wooden desks are visible. This image was scanned from a glass plate negative from the Almonte Gazette archives.

The Scotch Corners Frame school house was built by  Charles Stewart and his son Dan, and the small porch was added by Andrew Bellamy and Thomas Ireton shingled the school. in 1907 they added an small addition to the school and in 1908 the school was hit by lightening but not seriously damaged.

Salaries for the teachers ranged from $200 a year in 1886 to $1800 in 1955.

The school was closed in June of 1959 and pupils were to attend Innisville School in Drummond for the following three years. In 1962 they were then transported to S.S.#9: Ferguson’s School.


Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Bits of lumber is all that remained of the former rural school house located on Highway 7 east of Scotch Corners after a fire. The familiar landmark was destroyed in a suspicious November fire in the early morning hours in the 1990s. The old wooden frame was observed engulfed in flames and reported by a passing motorist. It was unknown whether the fire was started accidentally or if it was a case of arson. Police believed the old school was used as a shelter by transients.


Photos below from Scotch Corners Remembered by Lillian (Gardiner) McNab




1.In the days of the log farm boys took to smoking a pipe. One day the boys began smoking the pipe they hid in the hollow log of the schoolhouse at lunchtime. Each boy took his turn asking to go out until the teacher became suspicious, so no one else was allowed to leave their seat. Of course the pipe did not go out and by recess time the corner of the school was on fire.

2. After several years of reporting that the book on the rural schools of Ramsay Township is nearly finished, it has finally come to pass. Years ago Archives Lanark decided to document the history of the rural schools of Lanark County since the one room schools were amalgamated into larger schools by 1970 and many records disappeared when the Upper Canada District School Board was formed.

Hard Cover copies of several books are available

at Archives Lanark (near Drummond Center)

online at archiveslanark.ca

or from Marilyn Snedden at 613 256-3130

Remembering The Leatherworks in Carleton Place


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 27 Oct 1979


Photo from the Waterfront Gastropub 2016


Remember eating at The Leatherworks in the old McNeely tannery that now houses The Waterfront Gastropub? The popular eatery was once owned by Dennis Burn and Terry McDonald.


Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Looking for a picture of Terry please:)


Dennis today from the Leatherworks

Did you know Dennis began his career by washing dishes while still in high school and decided to stick with it. When Burns moved to Carleton Place he and business partner, Terry McDonald decided to open up the Leatherworks.

McDonald was living in Almonte at the time and making trip between the two towns. The two had met at Algonquin College where they had both been enrolled in the hotel/ restaurant business. At the time this newspaper story came out about them they were about to open The Ironworks in Almonte.



Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Tannery building at 12 Bell Street in Carleton Place was first built in 1852 (says 1825 in first photo-me thinks someone turned numbers around) by John Murdock, but then was replaced with the stone structure. In 1981, the log addition was built to house the kitchen and pub. In 1991, it opened as The Leatherworks with a patio soon built on.

Today I am remembering their Mississippi Mud Pie–trust me.

Bob Lacey added-there was a third partner involved with the original opening of the Leatherworks that had worked with Denis while they were both at the Lone Star Cafe in Ottawa. Bob Lacey that was involved for the first year and a half, he later became involved with other restaurants in Southern Ontario and then later back in the Ottawa area and was eventually bought out by Terry and Denis



Llew Lloyd–¬†Before it was a restaurant the artist Murray Smith renovated it to use an art studio . An attempt was made to reconstruct a barn on the property closer to Bell that is now used as a parking lot .

Related Reading:

Boomers of Carleton Place

Remembering Your Smiling Face at My Second Place

RACK ‚ÄėEM UP ‚ÄĒDo You Remember George‚Äôs¬†Playhouse?

In Memory of George’s Pizza in Carleton Place

Twin Oaks Motel Opens -1959 ‚ÄĒ Highway 7¬†Landmarks

Let’s Have Some Curb Service!

1966 Carleton Place Merchant’s Retail Promotion– You Gotta See This



I don’t make this stuff up.. If I had written text about this it no one would have believed me.

From the old Carleton Place Canadian from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The Figure Skaters of Carleton Place


Photos from the Carleton Place Canadian from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Lisa Mulvihill and Kerri Mulvihill at the end




Hannah White- These were local single skaters and then Precision skating. They joined a skating team.

Who was One of the Million Dollar Bowler’s of Carleton Place?


I wrote about Visions Bowling this week and a few days later I found these in the Carleton Place Canadian– from the files of The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. So who was one of the million dollar bowlers?? The picture is below:


Visons Bowling has  Facebook page!!


That was in the 90s and they are still going strong with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County for Bowl for Kids Sake event.

49-51 Bridge St.
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2V2
Phone (613) 253-0094


Vison’s Bowling is One of the Top Tag Words in Carleton Place



This photo is from the 1984 Carleton Place Canadian, and from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Last week when I attended the BIA annual dinner it was mentioned in a graph that Visions Bowling  in Carleton Place was one of the top names coming up in tags. I was dumbfounded. Do people really bowl that much in Carleton Place? Well I guess they do!

When I was a teen back in the 1960s, bowling was the Saturday afernoon sport. Some nights, we watched different leagues, wearing crisply ironed team shirts with their names stitched on the chests. ¬†It used to be¬†home to league bowling, children’s birthday parties, and corporate events. But now we’re very much into the 21st century– but like Vison’s Bowling on Bridge Street it looks like there are some things we love to keep because of the charm and the feel. That’s a good thing!

You Better Work it Girl! Cover Girls of Carleton Place 1965



Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian Files–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Until the 1960‚Äôs educational institutions incorporated social graces as a crucial aspect of a well-rounded curriculum, and finishing schools specialized in etiquette, deportment and proper manners at the table. The ‚Äė60‚Äôs and ‚Äė70‚Äôs ushered in a decline in the popularity of etiquette training.‚ÄĚ Do these classes still exist? The simple answer is yes they do!

Protocol School of Ottawa


Related reading


Mary Cook’s Deportment Classes for Young Ladies in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Mod Fashion Show 1960’s

Splinters of Sinders Nichols and Brides


Two Lake Ave West historical homes.

Sinders today and Rose’s Custom Sewing tomorrow

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Sinder’s Bridal House

I love brides- I wrote a Carleton Place “bride’s blog” months ago, and in case you didn’t see it:¬†Here Comes the Bride ‚ÄĒThe Weddings of Carleton¬†Place



This week I found this picture from a 70s Carleton Place Canadian at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Is that John Denver in that picture?



Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Did you know Abner Nichols Jr. once lived in the beautiful red brick home on Lake Ave West now occupied by Sinders? He built it in 1899– probably because it was near their lumber business on corner of Lake and Moore where Mac’s now is.


Photo from¬†Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Lake Avenue and Moore Street in 1936, when it was the site of W.A. Nichols’ Sons Lumber Supplies. You can just make out the Moore house at the far right in it’s original location before it was moved to Bridge Street and became the home of The Roy Brown Museum.



Photo from¬†Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Around 1950 the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Moore Streets looked like this. Originally the site of W.A. Nichols’ Sons Lumber, it became W & S Building Supplies around 1948.
Mac’s Milk, which remains on the site today (as simply Mac’s), was built in 1988. It was then known as¬†Waugh and Snedden.




 Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

‚ÄúSufferin‚ÄĚ Sinders! What was Happening on Lake Ave West¬†Today? Here is a reminder.¬†Remember most building’s you look at in Carleton Place have a story. Let’s pass them on.


Photo by Linda Seccaspina




Sinder’s is at the¬†Wedding Palace Bridal Show! Check out their set-up from last year then come see us them weekend for all the new styles and another great contest!

Sinder’s facebook page



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 06 Jan 1948, Tue, Page 19