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The House on the 511 — Thanks to Lanark Village Community Group

The House on the 511 — Thanks to Lanark Village Community Group

This old house is located at Clydeville, on lot 9, concession 3 of Lanark Township and was at one time the home of a Doctor from Lanark Village.

Property pictured on Con. 3 lot 9 belonged to Dr. Holmes of Lanark. At one time the Manson family of Middleville rented this property. In the past two years it has been restored/renovated and is once again beautiful– Kevin Bingley

Lanark Village Community Group Comments– Thanks to all of you we have doucmented another home. Never to be forgotten

Jennifer E Ferris

To correct the above post, the original house was determined too far gone to be ‘renovated’ and had to be torn down.But, the owners were able to rebuild a similar style house in its place, keeping the original feel of the old house, but in brand new construction. It was also the home of the Right Honourable George J McIlraith, MPP for Lanark

For those with memories of this old house, the original was demolished before the present new home built in a similar fashion, was built virtually on the same footprint. The old house was examined by a structural engineer, and deemed unsalvageable due to a huge hole in the back wall that allowed the elements in. Sad I know, but it is what it is. I’m just glad the newly built home is similar to the old one in style.

Ron Closs Councillor Ward 1Doctor Edwin Holmes lived there

Karen HicksRon Closs Councillor Ward 1 the family never lived there but because they had a barn and cattle they treated it more like a cottage. Ted Holmes and Jennifer Holmes Butler could give more info

Jennifer Holmes ButlerRon Closs Councillor Ward 1 we never lived in the house. It was more our recreational home. Summer vacations etc.

Robin MajorThanks for the story!! and the wonderful pictures of my youth! as soon as I seen this I called my hubby over and said does this house look familiar..he says yes that looks like Doc Holmes place back home..(we moved to a different province) I opened the piece and sure enough..so wonderful like I said to see these glimpses into our past !

Noreen TyersLOVED that old house, there just has to be a story written. I passed by today and it brought so many memories back, of passing by it everyday on my way to work. Just outside of Lanark Village towards Hopetown

D Christopher VaughanSusan Elliott Topping I always thought so too. It was my mom who told me that it was a Doctor’s house. She also remembers when Herron Mills was a going concern, with the bunk house on the corner of the 511, where all the hired men lived.

Colleen MontgomeryKen and Veryl Manson owned this house years ago before they moved to Middleville. The house is gone now with a new one built in it’s place.

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Mary Campbell

The house belonged to Dr. Holmes, his children should have some history on it

Jennifer Holmes ButlerEthel Nagle it was sad to see it in rough shape. It was vandilized by people not obeying private property. The railing of the upstairs, many windows, the beautiful cook stove it was totally destroyed and stolen. Such a shame. Still makes me sad thinking about it.I do have lots of good memories of our farm.

Michele ScanlanRight u r Jennifer it was torn down not renovated. I remember the old house from my childhood like many from this area do.

Diana RichardsonHe didn’t live there. It was also used by a family after their house burnt. It could of been McLarens to long ago

Diana RichardsonYes it was tore down

Beth RochonThe Doran’s owned it before Dr Holmes

Jennifer Holmes ButlerBeth Rochon I might be wrong but I think Jim Foster owned it just before my father purchased it. He also let Jim live in the house for a while after he purchased it.

Beth RochonI am corrected I knew it as the Doran farm maybe Fosters bought from the Dorans

Doris QuinnMy friend, Susan Breckenridge and her lovely family live there now in their new home built to resemble the old house which was torn down when they built their beautiful new home.

Ron ClossThe Lanark Highlands Fire Department used it to conduct training prior to its demolition….

Kelli King-HudsonThat is my mother’s childhood home. (Manson)

Natalie ElizabethThat is my Grandad’s/family lot. We use to go there for hikes, picnics etc. Growing up. My Dad, Ted Holmes, or my Aunts could give you a lot of information.At one time I remember there being a horror film being filmed there.

Natalie ElizabethAlso I remember us re- roofing ; there were honey bees in the siding for some time. Pretty neat.

Andrea King-YoungMy Grandparents Ken and Veryl Manson owned this farm along side my Great Grandparents Jim and Mary Foster then it was sold to Dr Holmes

Ted HolmesThere was a shed in front of the barn made from logs.I may be mistaken but i believe it was the original house on the property. We used it as a machine shed.Also I think Jim Foster the person my parents bought it from said that the farm was the homestead of George James McIlraith

Aaron SmithsonMacIlraith fam owned property at the Tatlock quarry prior to settling there i believe and George worked along side P.E. Trudeau. He is known for his efforts to create the parliamentary library on the hill and has a bridge in ottawa named after him that crosses to riverside hospital on Main st. George is buried in the cemetery across from Sacred Heart School

Anne MansonMy dad grew up in that house before they moved to Middleville. Beautiful property and was a beautiful house.

Donna Webster TugnettFrom a comment from Ben Willis–Dr. Holmes never resided here The original house has been demolished. Bill Breckinridge rebuilt the house on larger scale and built his logging business across the road (511 ) ken Manson lived in the old house in the fifties

Kelli King-HudsonThis is from my mother Shirley King who had a chat with my Grandmother Veryl Manson about the farm:Talking to my mother, Veryl Manson, my historian, she remembers the McIllraith’s, he was an MPP and lived on the farm. She is not sure who originally built the house.

Donald Cameron and his family then lived there. She believes they had a daughter Grace. Not sure how long they lived there and then it was sold to Herb Doran and family and after this sold to my grandparents, Mary and Jim Foster and my parents Ken and Veryl Manson.My Dad was a great self-taught carpenter and renovated the house. Mum said she saved her family allowance to buy the counter top, which was a beautiful turquoise colour.

There were milking cows, horses, chickens and pigs. Not to mention barn cats and our beloved dogs. Dad was hit twice by lightening when using the milkers on the cows. Dad and all the cows survived. The cream was kept in the cellar and Allie Craig would come once a week to pick up the cream and take it to the Mississippi Creamery. The milk was also picked up and taken to the dairy.

The farm work was done with horses, long hours and hard work but the family worked together and our neighbours would come to help with the hay and grain. Mother and Grandma would cook large meals to feed all the help. Mum tells the story of Dad cutting hay in the field next to the house when the harness broke and the horses took off. My brothers Laurie and Kevin were playing. Laurie was pulling Kevin in a wagon and the horses were barreling towards them but they separated around the boys and kept running and everyone survived.

Our neighbour and good friend Ed Mathie said the horses would have never run over you in this case….turned out that was true.Our horses were; Prince, Lady and Star. My Dad just had to whistle and they knew they had to come back to the barn and knew when to look for me to come home from school…..they wanted apples. They were so smart. Our family lived on the farm for 16 years. We made maple syrup and would gather the sap with the sleigh and horses and as always, if help was needed neighbours would come. Men would go from farm to farm and do what needed to be done.Many, many more stories of our time there. My Mum is our history book. Her memory is unmatched.My Grandmother had chosen the name Hillcrest Farm at the time. Beautiful people and beautiful memories.Thank you, Shirley King

Ethel NagleI remember that farm too my Dad knew everybody I remember our far but few trips from Poland to lanark, we would see the hay being cut , same way we did it with our beloved horses 🐎

For those with memories of this old house, the original was demolished before the present new home built in a similar fashion, was built virtually on the same footprint.

Robert Fisher


A pic I took of the old house before it was taken down and the new one built.
Daniel KeatingAbandoned – Ottawa/Gatineau & The Valley


Daniel KeatingAbandoned – Ottawa/Gatineau & The Valley
Daniel KeatingAbandoned – Ottawa/Gatineau & The Valley

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories


Hopetown is a “compact rural community” in the former Lanark Township in Lanark County in eastern Ontario, Canada. Since 1998 Hopetown has been located in the municipality of the Township of Lanark Highlands

The first settler in Hopetown, originally Currie’s Mill, was Robert Cannon and as Jennifer E.Ferris told me in 1863 the General Store was once owned by Robert Cannon,  who had a cooperage and was the hotel owner where the General Store now is”.

Hopetown could have been named after the Earl of Hopetown, who was a colonel in the 42nd Royal Highland Blackwatch Regiment, but I think I like the most popular theory. Mr. Currie, who bought some of Robert Cannon’s holdings enjoyed saying “I hope so” when folks asked him if he could grind them a grist. Hopetown was always hoping to become a town and I think the village was built on ‘hope’.


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Hopetown Blacksmith shop from the 1984 book Lanark Legacy by Howard Morton Brown- Have you read it?


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B & T General store

I was fortunate to meet Tracy from the B & T General store in my quest to find out about the McDougalls. Great great gal. I am hoping people have memories of the General store past and present so generations can read them down the line and know how great rural life was.



 Glenda Mahoney--We used stop at the Hopetown store on our way to visit family. Small world for sure. We always stopped in Hopetown to buy a glass bottle of coke. We could hardly wait to finish the soda so we could fill the empty bottles at a little natural spring. The water was the real treat. We thought our dad was magic because we were able to drink this outdoor water. I think it was located in the French Line area. Water came out of a rock crevice.

My brother remembers the spring as well but only remembers it was on a side road off of 511. It ran down from the top of a hill through a crevice in the rocks and could be accessed from the side of the road. Invisible unless


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Cathy Doe —Great breakfasts and excellent pizza. I would be lost out here in the middle of no where, without this store!

Whatever I forget to buy in town, I can get here from the nicest people you could ever meet. Some one complained about the prices, would you rather spend an hour of your time and gas to go back to town, Duuh ? These good people do not have the buying power of Walmart– so please think about that.–David Munro
I agree David.. always support local!
Alexander Clyde McIntyre b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, Ontario d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, Alberta m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, Ontario photo: Bassano Alberta, 1925
Alexander Clyde McIntyre
b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, ON.
d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, AB.
m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, ON.
photo: Bassano AB., 1925 from Soul Passages

The government offered 100 acres of land to each emigrating family, free passage, and provisions for their first year of settlementOrganization for transport and housing was apparently chaotic, and even given the pressures of hunger and unemployment, initially there were relatively few takers of that offerEventually, however, several thousand settlers, mostly Scottish, braved the more or less non-existent roads, the blackflies, the uncertain weather conditions and the isolation, and took up land allocations in what is now the Lanark area.

It wasn’t till the 1830s, however, that Hopetown itself was settled by Europeans. Many of those settlers had first lived in Quebec, and thenafter the political upheavals of 1837, looked to the newly opened land in this area as a place to re-establish themselves. The town had a school, a church, and a cemetery – and it was at the centre of a rough road network that connected many isolated communities. Given the difficulties of transportation in those days, Hopetown became the central burial place for people from all over the district.

So that explains one mystery: why such a small community has such a large cemetery. The question of how the place came to be called Hopetown, however, remains unanswered: did those early settlers ‘hope’ for growth? Did someone baptize it Hopetown in the depths of a dark winter, to ward off depression? –Middleville Museum





Lot 645, Canada 1800s Lanark County postal history, sold for $920

Lot 645Lot 645 Lanark County Collection, 1823 to Modern on cards and cover in a shoe box, with a few hundred items. A good starter collection which includes Carleton Place 1837 double circle money letter, Franktown 1847, Hopetown 1845, Lanark from 1845, 1882 and 1887 as well as 9 Perth items 1823-1854. Also early items from Ramsay, McDonalds Corners, Pakenham and Poland. Mostly fine or better. Inspect. Estimate $1,000, sold for $800 plus buyer’s premium.


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.


Bankruptcy– Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place





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