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Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 2


0The Millstone has published its first instalment of 365 FACTS ABOUT MISSISSIPPI MILLS. It will be a series of posts for Canada’s 150th birthday this year — “365 Facts About Mississippi Mills.” So I thought I would begin to a few about Carleton Place.

The facts below are from the flyer passed out on January 1: Carleton Place-A Valley Town at Confederation 1867 by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. I have personally added some extra tidbits under the facts.


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo and text–These children attended Central School on Bridge Street where the post office stands today. They are pretty bundled up!… maybe the wood stove wasn’t throwing much heat that day? Taken in the mid 1920’s – note the bare electric bulb, inkwells, and map of North America.

Fact- School Children attended the Central School on Bridge Street, the older student’s attended Hurd’s Hall on Bridge Street-

Did you know the building was built to form the letter T so the whole student body could be under the eye of one teacher? Read how crowded the Central School became in: The ‘Crowded House’ of Central School in Carleton Place

Hurd’s Hall was used for a lot of purposes and finally turned into a residence. Did you know the building was once hit by a car? Read all the fact’s about Hurd’s Hall here: The Most Photographed Home in Carleton Place


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo

Fact-The town had a weekly newspaper the Carleton Place Herald and a Mechanic’s Institute with a circulating library for members.

The Carleton Place Library was established in March, 1846 as a subscription library under the management of the Carleton Place Library Association and Mechanics Institute.

Did you know the Carleton Place Herald once sold small pets? Read the rest here: What Was Going On at The Carleton Place Herald Office With the Birds and the Bees? The James Poole estate sold the Carleton Place Herald, founded in 1850, to William H. Allen and Samual J. Allen ; and sold the family’s large stone residence at Bridge Street and the Town Line Road to David Gillies, son-in-law of James Poole.  William H. Allen continued publication of the Herald for sixty years. Did you know there was once a terrible fire at the Herald building?  Read the rest here: In the Year 1923 —- “BHM”– (Before Howard McNeely)

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Related Reading-

Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 15oth-part 1

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun