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Memories of the Mississippi School– Another Installment in the Olde Barracks

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Memories of the Mississippi School– Another Installment in the Olde Barracks

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H Linda, I came across this this week in with some papers. I thought you might be interested. – Janice Tennant Campbell

 

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks– Sharon Holtz– Part 1

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks– Sharon Holtz– Part 2

In the Year 1998… what happened?

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks-Canada’s Forgotten “Little Bunkers”-Leigh Gibson

Yesterday —The Remains of the Barracks

Aerial Images of the Old Cold War Barracks Fire-Carole and Bill Flint

Dr. Strangelove’s Doomsday in Carleton Place

Was it Just a Matter of Time? The Old Barracks

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Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks-Canada’s Forgotten “Little Bunkers”-Leigh Gibson

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The Olde Barracks

 Today’s guest author is Leigh Gibson

 

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The first organization housed in the Olde Barracks after the RCMP left, was Connections. At that point the Olde Barracks was owned by the Olde Barracks Community Development Corporation.  Some of the areas of the building were renovated for Connections to be housed there. There were some renovations done to the front room (which apparently is still standing after the recent fire).

 

The cafeteria area was renovated to be another meeting room. Connections moved in – in either January or February of 1997  to the second floor, after renovating a few rooms into a large office, meeting room & store room. An Open House was held in February to show off the building & the new renovations. Some of the organizations that moved in afterwards were the United Way of Lanark County, IES (Imagery Exploitation Services), Lanark County Food Box, Mississippi School, FII-ON (the Father Involvement Initiative – Ontario Network), NPF (National Projects Fund), the Finance Department from Lanark Community Programs, and the Family Relief Program (also of Lanark Community Programs).

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People have also had accommodations there who have participated in Pat Wolfe’s log home building course, and as Tim Campbell mentioned our twin city from Comrie Scotland. There have also been accommodations from other countries participating in specific sporting events (such as soccer). There have been conferences & workshops held there and  a newer type of wood stove was installed in the cedar room as a pilot project. The kitchen was well used by all the groups using the space.

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Many tours took place at the building. However, after attempts were made to steal the large maps from the walls of the basement (bunker), that door was kept locked. If people remember the building was used by the military during the Ice Storm of 1998. Witnessing the amazing organization, skill, and efficiency of the military in action was amazing. Just a few more tidbits about the building known as the Olde Barracks (from 1997-2006).

Leigh Gibson

 

MEMORIES OF THE OLDE BARRACKS

Glory Days of Carleton Place-The Olde Barracks– Sharon Holtz– Part 1

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Stories from The Olde Barracks–Part 1

 Today’s guest author is Sharon Holtz who ran the Mississippi School at the Olde Barracks. 

            The building was 200′ long and only 36′ wide.  When Mississippi School moved in during the summer of 2004, the main floor was partitioned into many small quarters.  The officers’ quarters were small squares 12′ x 12′ with two windows.  They lined the front side of the building, except for the centre section.  One room actually had a private washroom so it must have belonged to the commanding officer.  The other quarters were narrow rectangles 12′ x 8′ with room for a single bed, a wooden dresser, a wooden desk and a chair.  These rooms had one window each.  These had originally lined the entire second floor, both front and back, and the back of the lower floor, again excepting the centre block.  All of this furniture was sold or donated and the pile of old mattresses was discarded.  The school renovation team, consisting of staff and students, had a lot of fun knocking down walls to create large open classrooms.   One of the beautiful things about the building was that there were so many windows that interior lights were rarely needed. 

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            Knocking down walls also became a lesson on the desiccation process of mice.  We found their bodies in all states of decomposition.  The first few discoveries were occasioned by screams but we all became used to these findings and they only merited a bit of scientific interest.  We also found some of the targets used for target shooting.  For some reason these had been stored in the walls during construction. 

 

            That building was built to last.  Only a devastating fire, like the one which just happened, could have reduced it to ashes.  The walls were built with 2″x 6″ supports.  If they needed one nail to hold it together, they used three.  The bolts used to hold the kitchen cupboards in place were so large we thought that the wall was going to come down before the cupboards did.  The central section of the building was the massive commercial sized kitchen and an eating area.  Unfortunately when the school moved in the health and safety inspector said that the kitchen had to go.  It was sad to see it dismantled and removed.  A small personal kitchen was put in instead.  The school used the space as the cafeteria and converted the meeting space across the hall into a huge open library.   The roof beams in the ceiling were massive and constructed uniquely for these buildings.   There was an old safe in the attic which we were never able to trace or open.  I wonder if it survived the flames.

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            The building was initially a communications centre for the military.  During the renovations we removed literally miles of wires from the ceilings.  Down in the basement were large communication panels. 

 

            The building was a plumber’s challenge.  It was impossible to figure out which pipes went where.  All of the plumbing and electrical systems were in the basement.  So everything had to be brought up through the main floor.  The basement itself was constructed as a sealed cement box.  In fact, someone once told us that it would be possible for the basement to float down the river!  The floor of the basement was 18″ thick.  The walls were 12″ thick and the ceiling was 20″ of cement with seventeen rows of rebar.  We know because we had to drill two holes through the ceiling for new plumbing and new electrical systems.  The company hired brought a huge diamond studded drill which was supported by a massive iron base.  They started the drill, pulled out their comfortable folding chairs and sat down to wait.  Two and a half hours later, we had a hole big enough for the drainage pipes.  The circular block of cement which they removed must have weighed a ton. 

by -Sharon Holtz– Stay tuned for Part 2

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MEMORIES OF THE OLDE BARRACKS

In the Year 1998… what happened?

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In 1998 work was progressing on renovating the Olde Barracks on Highway 29. People speak of abandonment for gas stations–now this is what one would call real abandonment.

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Was it Just a Matter of Time? The Old Barracks

 

Newspaper photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum