Don’t forget the Gastro Pub is closed until Nov 9th for repairs.
THE WATERFRONT GASTROPUB
12 Bell Street
Don’t forget the Gastro Pub is closed until Nov 9th for repairs.
12 Bell Street
Here in Carleton Place can park their cars and eat great food, including breakfast, beside the Mississippi River. The building was constructed in 1861, although a tannery was first operated on the site in 1852.
Joe Scott took a poor calf skin to Brice McNeely who had a tannery on the banks of the Mississippi on Bell Street and asked what he was paying for hides. Brice told him 60 cents each with ten cents off for every hole in the hide.
“You’d better take it, Mr. McNeely, and I think I owe you something for it,” was the startled reply from J. Scott as Brice looked at the hide with more holes than Swiss Cheese.
Carleton Place Herald 1900
Farmers may have driven their animals to Carleton Place, where John Murdoch’s tannery at “Morphy’s Ford” turned hides into leather. It’s now The Gastro Pub, still with the beautiful patio.
Brice McNeely bought the business in 1860 and left the building to his son, who turned it into a summer home at the turn of the century. It first became a restaurant in 1981, and a dining lounge was built from a local log barn. The lounge is named “Henry’s” after a friendly ghost who’s rumoured to haunt the premises. Now it is called The Waterfront Gastro Pub
12 Bell Street (0.08 mi)
Carleton Place, ON, Canada K7C 1V9-(613) 257-5755
Read more about the history of Brice McNeely here:
“This day twenty years ago I came to Carleton Place, near the close of the Civil War. At that time property was of little value. I took charge of the railway station as station master. The only industries in the place were the grist mill, run by Mr. Bolton, Allan McDonald’s carding mill, Brice McNeely’s tannery and the saw mill run by Robert Gray, with one circular saw. David Findlay’s foundry was just starting.
The lead mines were about closing down then. Twenty years ago it may be said there was no such thing as employment here for anyone and, strange as it seems, no one seemed to wish for work. Their wants were few, and those wants seemed to be soon supplied.–George Lowe, a seventy year old resident of Carleton Place: (July 1884)
Brice McNeely’s tannery is one of the oldest in this part of the country. The proprietor manufactures leather of various kinds and is one of our substantial steady and increasingly prosperous men, with considerable real estate. John F. Cram, whose large wool-pulling establishment is well known in this section, manipulates a vast amount of sheep pelts in a year, his premises being one of the most extensive in Eastern Ontario. He also manufactures russet leather.
Did you know the library used to be in the town hall and Brice McNeely Jr was not only the superintendent for the St James Sunday School but also the town librarian. He picked out the books for you to read and you had no choice in the matter and had to take what was given to you.
Photo of Trevor Price from the Carleton Place Canadian 1992
I like sharing stories about people– as they are the ones that I consider make the community what it is. Valkyrie Jensen Lackey emailed me last week telling me that’s she is not originally from Carleton Place, and moved here in her 20s with her parents, but enjoys reading the stories about Lanark County. Valkyrie would be considered a Carleton Place “Newcomer” to most:) She told me she never really experienced what it’s really like to be a child in this area, but her fiance Trevor Price did grow up here.
Valkyrie says Trevor is one of the strongest and most amazing people she has ever met. For starters, he grew up with music as his Dad was Kevin Price, who was the bass player for the Retro Rockers. Unfortunately Kevin passed away rather suddenly this past March, so Trevor has just thrown himself into his music to try and carry that family legacy on. Trevor isn’t one dimensional either and also works in the kitchen at the Smith & Barrel (The Grand Hotel) under Chef Jordan and Sous Chef Nick.
Photo of Trevor Price
Valkyrie has been dating Trevor for the past 4.5 years, and knows how much he loves this town, and they love nothing more than taking their kids for walks. Trevor will also tell stories on their outings of what used to be where, or what housing divisions used to be all forest, etc .
Trevor can be seen almost every Wednesday night at The Waterfront Gastro Pub at the Open Jam. He now plays with musicians that used to play with his father and Valkyrie knows Trevor wishes that he had gotten back into the music again earlier, so that he could have played more with his Dad.
When his Dad was sick and really not doing well, Trevor went to his First Open Jam at the Waterfront on a Wednesday night as he felt his Dad would be proud of him. The next day his father died.
We rise by lifting up each other, as community is a friendly hand to hold us through our journeys through life. Throughout this journey, we meet different people who play different roles and serve different purposes. Some teach us certain life lessons, and some people are meant to stay with us forever. But the people we meet are not by chance- and today we have met another person in our community– say hello toTrevor Price.
Photo of Kevin and Trevor Price
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)
Another Carleton Place Ted MacDonald report!
Have you ever wondered what the most popular beers are in downtown Carleton Place? Lets take a stroll down Bridge Street and find out.
First stop is the Thirsty Moose on the west side. We asked Jamie (niceJamie not big Jamie) what are the best sellers. They are Coors Lite,Canadian and Creemore Springs. If Gail did not go there Coors Lite may not have been at the top. I usually have a Heineken when I drop in. The Moose is a great sports bar since Bubba took it over. They organize trips to the Sens games and will have golf or football etc, on the many Tvs but not so loud you can’t have a chat. Except on Thursday, which is wing night, and can be a little noisy but fun.
Next up on the east side is St. James Gate. Most popular beers according to Jamie (another Jamie, but this one is a tall pleasant young lady) and Rebecca (her sister Jenna works at the Moose) are Harp, Perth Amber and Kronnenburg Blanc. I often meet my old friends from Stats Canada, Carl and Dave, there on a Friday evening to have a little computer techie talk. They usually will have the aforementioned Blanc and I have a Guinness. In case you didn’t know Guinness is brewed at St. James Gate in Dublin hence the pub name.
Let’s Stay on the east side and stop at Ballygiblins. Another British Pub owned by great guy Derick. Favourite beers are Beaus, Barking Squirrel and Ashton Amber. I always order the Beaus Lugtread. A great beer from Vancleek Hill. A few years ago I had a broken leg and the Beaus brothers would deliver an ice cold keg to our home and I would hook it up to my draft system but that is another story.
Editor’s Note: Ted- I think we would really like to hear that story! 🙂
Now across the street to The Queens, one of Carleton Place’s oldest establishments. They are selling a lot of Coors lite, Canadian and Bud Lite. Gail and I were there for St. Patrick’s day so I had a green beer of some sort. Gail, of course, had a Coors Lite, bottle, no glass. (inside joke). They had a great band and we are hoping for more live music at this wonderful spot.
Over the river to Bell Street and the Waterfront Gastro Pub. Worth going there just for the name but they have some great beers also. Arguably the best drought taps in town. Their most popular beers are Red Racer, Keith’s Pale Ale and Kronnenburg Blanc. We went there during the“Walmart Blackout” as north of the river still had power. A lot of people went to Almonte because they thought the whole town was out but they just could have gone to the Bistro. Don’t wait for the next power outage. Overlooking the Mississippi, they truly have the best patio in the summer time. Hope they get the Blues Band back on Sundays. Check it out.
Back across the bridge and near the town-hall on Mill Street is Slackonis. Not a pub but they also have a great patio in the summer where you can sit out and watch the river flow. According to Rob the favourite is the Italian beer Moretti, however, they sell more wine than beer. Try a glass of Pinot Grigio for white fans or a Cabernet Sauvignonfor those of us who prefer red while sitting by the dam.
Also on the west side of Bridge Street is the Excuses Bar and Grill.This is attached to the Visions Bowling Centre so you can have a cold one after knocking all those pins down.
Not downtown but a worth a look is the Tap House Grill and Sports Bar in the McNeely Plaza. Their most popular beverages are Bud, Bud Lite and Keith’s IPA. I will have to give it a closer look when I can get a DD to
give me a lift.
You can check out most of these establishments on Facebook.