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Highway 7 and 15 Notes from Karen Prytula

Highway 7 and 15 Notes from Karen Prytula



Map from Karen Prytula

Author’s note- When people send me interesting informative notes, especially someone like Karen, I like to make them available. Memories, notations, should be documented for future history.


From Karen Prytula– LCGS and Heritage Ottawa

The newspaper article you posted (When Things Come 360 –The First Automobile Fatality in Carleton Place– Torrance, Burgess, and Names Names) said the Torrance/Burgess family was headed to the Ashton Rd. This intrigued me somewhat, and so I pulled out my 1951 map, and the road to Ashton was Hwy 15!  Common knowledge to most, but what I did not realize was that 15 went right into Carleton Place (i.e. straight down the Franktown Rd., and straight down Bridge St. to the Town Line Rd, then veered left and went to Innisville, and then probably Perth).

You will also see there is no Hwy 7, going over the train tracks at the intersection of today’s 7 and Franktown Road.  If you stayed on the road it was probably dirt, and took you straight to the lake with no bridge to cross it like there is today if you were going to Perth.  i.e. if you were going to Perth back then, you would have to take the Townline route.

 If you were going the opposite way it took you straight to Ashton, then down what we called the 9th line, now known as Flewellyn Rd. I grew up on the 10th line (now Fernbank), one mile north of the 9th line.  We used to come to Carleton Place for gas on Sundays to gas up for the week.
Thanks Karen.
Wendy LeBlanc- Hey, Linda, I always wondered why the (notice that we always used the word ‘the’ in front and never ‘road’ after) Town Line got changed to Townline Road. It was the Town Line when I left in ’66 and Townline Road when I moved back in ’88. Can’t think of why it would have changed. Did you know that it used to be Ontario’s shortest highway – #100?
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Crystal Jane sen this photo in. Thank you!
Hi Linda! I have an old photo of my grandpa when they were building Highway #7
His name is Ray Giles 🙂 thank you for posting it!! Such a great part of the heritage ! – considering every Carleton Place resident has driven that highway.

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.

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




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

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Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?

Did We Find Henry Lang’s Barn?
 Photo Linda Seccaspina
Almonte Gazette September 2, 1898–That barn of Mr. Henry Lang’s will be an interesting one from the fact that its material has been mostly furnished by two  landmarks Mr Caldwell’s old sawmill and Mr. Cannnon’s shingle mill on the shore of the bay below the town—both, as well as the timber slides, having become relics and reminders to the present generation that in bygone years Almonte was a live lumbering centre.  From Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

Karen Prytula used Google maps,  and looked at the properties at 1218 Old Almonte Rd, and 1130 Old Almonte Rd.

1218 has old logs on the property dismantled from something. The house looks to me that it is probably of log – covered over.
1130 is quite a heritage property as I can see old gates no longer used, and fence posts that were once pretty in their day. This property has two large outbuildings that might be the Lang barn.
Author’s Note
So is it? I drove by today and noticed the original frame house was weathered and very old as Karen said and some if it is being covered by new clapboard. Yes, there were two large out buildings but the foliage prohibited me from getting a good glance and I stop at trespassing on someone’s private property.
So now I am asking my readers if anyone knows anything about this property so that we can finally save this mystery.




Drive By Photo Linda Seccaspina– 1130 Old Almonte Road–Notice how clapboard is being put over the original frame house.


Notes from Karen Prytula LCGS

Below are my notes for lot 14E, Concession X, Ramsay Township. This information was gathered up between 2001 and 2005, and is probably from two different sources, which I did not record.

“Lot 14E – Arthur Lang settled here in 1821.  He would have erected a shack along the bank of the Mississippi River.  Other records indicate he was on the west side of the lot which would have bordered the east side of River.  Arthur arrived here with his wife and six children.  He actually kept a diary of the journey.  His wife and children remained in the village of Lanark, with all the other settlers wives and children, while he and the other men ventured even further to find their lot and erect a shelter or shanty.  By November 7th of that year Arthur was able to pick up his family at Lanark and bring them to the shanty they were going to winter in.  He became one of the first school teachers in the township, teaching his pupils from his home.  No doubt his children were one half of the class! One of his sons, John, grew up to have a sawmill business in Almonte. 

Some men could not bear to leave their families in the Village of Lanark for a couple more months.  So the men boated them down the rivers until they arrived at Almonte, then built wigwams for them to stay in until the men had built homes on the tracts of  land they received.

 As anyone can tell by now this journey was harrowing and dangerous.  Countless times the pioneers encountered Indians.  Most were friendly.  Those that werent usually kept to themselves.  Most of these Indians would never have met a white person before, and most white people had never seen an Indian before, let alone be able to communicate with one another!  For the most part, there was a lot of staring going on with some gestures.  It is reported that one pioneer actually offered and Indian a loaf of bread.    He ignored the offer but saw that the newcomers were not an immediate threat and walked off.  Had he even seen a loaf of bread before?!” —

Karen Prytula LCGS





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.

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


What is this? From Karen Prytula– LCGS

 Henry Lang and His Lanark County Magic Barn?

The Floating Bridge of Carleton Place — Found!

Memories of Maberly



Karen Prytula–photo from-“Mooreville” Maberly

October 1897– Perth Courier

Maberly:  An old landmark of our village was removed this week—the log building in the rear of Mr. Korry’s residence.  This was one of the first dwellings erected in Maberly and was built by John McGregor some 40 years ago.  It has passed through many hands and sheltered many a weary traveler in the days of yore and if its walls could speak it could tell many a tale from the early days of our village.  Mr. Korry will erect a kitchen, and wood shed in its stead.


Today I found this glorious blog called:

“Mooreville” Maberly with our very own Karen Prytula from the Lanark County Geological Society featured