Tag Archives: log fences

Alex Bowes The Lanark Fence Man

Alex Bowes The Lanark Fence Man


All photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– 1970s

Model of a snake fence made by Alex Bowes (1908-1993) of Lanark County. Alex first started making models of log fences when he was just twelve. This model provides an example of the “snake fence” which was typically used as a pasture fence where animals can graze all the way into the zigzags.


The North Lanark Regional Museum has a large collection of model fences made by Alex Bowes including examples of a: Block Fence, Snake Fence, Woven Wire Fence, Closs Fence, Bolton Fence, Indian Fence, Pole Fence, Basket Fence, Slat Fence, Patent Fence, Draper Fence, Stump Fence and Russell Fence. The models show various styles of fences still found across Eastern Ontario. — North Lanark Regional Museum





For more information on log fences see Four Hundred Years of Log Fences, by Eugene Fytche. There is a copy of this book in the North Lanark Regional Museum Library

 - - A feature of the former museum, was the...

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 09 Jul 1980, Wed,
  3. Valley Edition,
  4. Page 3


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)


No More Wire Fences? John Drynan– 1908