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The Dunlop House — Saturday is the End of an Era in Carleton Place


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Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th one of the Dunlop homes on Townline will be sold at auction. I am in tears writing this because I too live in an older Carleton Place home and cannot imagine if something happened to it. Older larger homes are money pits no one can afford, but some one has to take care of them. The Findlay home on High Street has been on the market for over a year and the price has been drastically reduced. It’s a real shame, as we need to preserve history.

As I walked through the Dunlop house yesterday I saw the remnants of a family. A family that has lived in Carleton Place for more years that a lot of us put together. The stork paid a visit to the original Dunlop house next door in 1855 to James and and his wife leaving a baby boy who became christened Adam. That young child grew up to be a mighty fine millright, and also a respected builder of boats in Carleton Place. Adam lived to a grand old age, but in his later years he was constantly annoyed at his son Percy. You see, the family had a herd of prize winning Jersey cows that lived on that property and he wouldn’t let his elderly father go down and feed them. Adam Dunlop died at the age of 98 in 1955.

There is no doubt in my mind after walking through that home yesterday that the future owner of this home needs to cherish it. Samples of the woodwork alone should be in a museum. Adam Dunlop not only visited The Fountain of Youth to become one of Carleton Place’s oldest citizens, he was a master at his craft.

Many years ago the land in the back of their home was sold to the town of Carleton Place for the industrial park. It was sold on a promise and legal agreement that the area be called the Dunlop Industrial Park. There is a street named Dunlop Cres. in the area, but the family’s agreement with the town of Carleton Place was never honoured. The family has brought it the attention of the town recently, and I only hope the powers to be honour its once legal promise.

This is not just not about honouring an event. It is about allowing us to come together and celebrating who the Dunlops are, and who they once were. We want our future citizens of Carleton Place to know who this family is and was, and how they spent their life supporting the town of Carleton Place. We speak of virtue, and honour and by naming that area The Dunlop Industrial Park, it is an agreement for the ages, and should be rectified.












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Photos from Linda Seccaspina and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Rescuing the Money Pits —The Other Dunlop Home with the Coffin Door

Part One– In reference to the story I did: Rescuing the Money Pits —The Dunlop Homes

Jayne Munro-Ouimet from the Lanark County Genealogical Society has been extremely kind to me. We worked on putting pieces together for the story about The Lost Mineral Salt Springs in Pakenham. If you are looking for information about your family, they have archives of information, as well as our local Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

After reading the initial Dunlop home story I wrote she emailed me back. Frances Copper, their LCGS Director of Membership Networking: (Family History/Queries) sent along information about the original Dunlop home (pictured above) that was built by James Dunlop(1828-1887). May it be also noted that it also has a wider door like the Bell house on High Street– that is considered to be a coffin door.

 Information from Frances Copper- LCGS Director of Membership Networking

James’s son, James Fitzcharles Dunlop suffered a stroke in 1931 and had to retire at 71. Canada did not have any old age assistance until 1940 and it was only $10.00 per month at that time. Coal was about $8.00 per ton and it took nearly a ton a month to heat the house in January.
In 1942 James Fitzcharles Dunlop and Mary Ann Bremner had to sell their beautiful home for $1200.  They did not have the cash to heat this big house, and what few savings they did have were wiped out by the stock market crash of 1929 to 1933.
They went to live with their eldest daughter, Clara Gemmill Dunlop  and son-in-law, George Nelson Humphries on their farm in Pakenham Township,  Lot 17 E, Concession 10. They lived there for the rest of their lives. (They obtained this information from Mr. Humphries’ son, Rollie who lived in Edmonton, Alberta).
This is not a unique story–My home was built in three parts beginning in 1867. One of the owners that owned the home for many many years before me had the same dilemma. It has been told to me many times that they burnt furniture in the fireplace to keep the house warm in the dead of winter. Having experienced my own heating dilemma last year in February, I cannot even imagine what these people went through to reside in their homes. As in most older homes, I have the original radiators- not run by a furnace- but by a hot water boiler which is extremely expensive to replace. Preserving the architectural integrity of an older home is a challenge to anyone these days.
Photos of the Dunlop family Fran sent. Thanks Fran and Jayne!


Posted By: Roland HumphriesDate Posted: Dec 6, 2008 Description: This is the family of James Dunlop and his wife Anne Chambers (Rollie’s Great Grand Parents) left to right; Back; Jennie 1855-1953 m Andrew Cram; Minnie 1866-1922 m Dr. Roland E. Loucks of Smith Falls; Anne 1863-_1949 m Charles C. Allen of Carleton Place, ON.; Front; Adam C. Dunlop 1857-1954 m Matilda Kellough; Martha 1853-1929 m John Ackland of Perth, ON; James FitzCharles Dunlop 1960-1947 m Mary Ann Bremner of Mayo,Hastings Co. ON. in 1890. (the latter being Rollie’s grandparents who lived in the Dunlop house on Town Line in Carleton Place, ON.Date Taken: 1886-Place Taken: Carleton Place, ON.Owner: R. Humphries


Date Posted: Jan 31, 2010 Description: This house was built by James Dunlop b:1828, second youngest son of Pioneers John Dunlop and Jean Liddel who settled in Ramsay Twp. in 1821, from plans brought from Boston.Located on the Ramsay side Townline in Carleton Place, it was built about 1851. It has been declared a Historic site by the town after it became 100 years old. The photo is now over 100 years oldDate Taken: about 1900-Place Taken: Carleton Place, Ontario Owner: R. Humphries–Please note that the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum did not have a copy of this and is thrilled to now have it in their files. Note the windmill in the backyard behind the roof line.


Description: Rollie’s grandfather, James F. Dunlop age 18-Grandpa Jim, was a millwright like his grandfather, John Dunlop the Pioneer who built so many of the mills on the Mississippi River at Appleton, Almonte and Carleton Place, ON.Jim may have been in Montreal studying for his Apprenticeship at this time, we do not know the occasion.Date Taken: 1878Place Taken: Montreal, PQ.Owner: R. Humphries


Posted By: Roland Humphries Date Posted: Jan 31, 2010 —Description: This is the last photo taken of my Grandpa & Grandma Dunlop about 18 months before he died.James FC Dunlop 1860-1947 with his wife, Mary Ann Bremner 1864-1955Date Taken: 1945Place Taken: Pakenham, Ontario Owner: R. Humphries. This the last picture taken of James Fitzcharles Dunlop & his wife Mary Ann Bremner. May it be noted that Fran exchanged family history information with Rollie for years. He died in 2010.


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Rescuing the Money Pits —The Dunlop Homes


If you are driving down Townline Road you will notice the unique clapboard home built in 1853 by James Dunlop.  Mr. Dunlop was a carpenter and millwright, and used the dining room of his home as a workshop for building coffins. This unique frame house is the only one of its type in Carleton Place. The historical description is: a clapboard construction with an unusual shed roof and decorative brackets along the frieze on the front and sides. The two story porch is supported by four columns on each level. The front has a 12 paned French window on either side of the central door on both first and second levels. The main door has a four paned transom and rectangular sidelights.


What I didn’t know is that the house next door is also a Dunlop home and is up for auction in September. It shakes me to the ground to see things like this happen. I live in an older home and know the costs are astronomical to keep any home of an older heritage caliber going. I am fortunate my sons also believe in preserving the house or I would be doomed.


Like most older homes both Dunlop homes were built from older technologies and building materials. That is not a bad thing. The custom, hand-crafted qualities of an older home usually mean long-lasting value and a durable structure that one cannot find now-a-days.  There is a reason that older homes are still standing — they were built to last.

Buying this particular home might seem like a romantic proposition to some. Anyone who appreciates a good antique can understand the nostalgic appeal of an ancient home whose walls are filled with history. Older homes have amazing character traits and historical features that most new homes simply do not have.

Both James Dunlop’s sons: James F. Dunlop and his brother Adam were also millwrights and boat builders. Adam was born in the original house next door at 111 Townline. James later worked in the Gillies Boat Works, producing boat engines and marine craft for national distribution. Adam became the leading builder of skiffs and small boats in Carleton Place. He began in the 1870’s in his father’s workshop and later from the white frame house below and workshop he built next door at Townline Road which is up for auction.

Most of today’s builders do not take the time to dove-tail wooden joints, or hand-scrape large wooden ceiling beams like the Dunlops did. Technologically speaking, an older home is usually filled with ancient methods of plumbing, wiring, heating, windows, roofing and insulating properties. This means a lot of costly repairs! Refitting a home with new wiring, windows, and plumbing can cost a fortune. People also don’t realize how inefficient old windows and roofs can be.
One needs to consider these above points while buying older homes. Older homes can offer character and charm that one just don’t get with newer construction. I was told by a mortage broker and a couple of local real estate agents that older homes such as mine and the Dunlop house are considered white elephants on the real estate market. People would rather buy a newer home and not be faced with the constant repair.

Mr. Dunlop occupied the house at 111 Townline with his wife and seven children until his death in 1887. His son James Fitz Charles Dunlop continued to live in the house until 1941. Adam spent his lifetime in that very house up for auction until 1942. I hope who ever buys it knows what he or she is in for. We can’t afford to allow any more older homes in the area to fall into disrepair. Old homes have soul. Their peace and gladness lies in our hands.

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum provided a link to the interior of the Dunlop home


Historical information and photos from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and Heritage Carleton Place

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