|Richards' Stone Castle (1889)|
Now admittedly, the northern regions of the county were flourishing during the Mississippi River (no, not that one) lumbering days of the mid 1800's. Come to think of it, a lively quarrying enterprise threatening to undermine the town (literally) attests to our determination to make a living off the land to this day.
In 1860, a road surveyor named John Snow (for whom the road is named) opened up the area, leading to the creation of a road in his honour. Towns (well, small clusters of houses around a store and a lumber depot) grew, and the 1883 arrival of the Kingston and Pembroke (locally named the Kick and Push) led to the creation of another village, Snow Road Station.
|the picturesque place is beautifully maintained|
Now it's not a lovely house, but it is imposing, especially when you consider his neighbours would still have been living in log cabins or small frame houses. To this day there aren't many stone houses in the area. Quoins, stone lintels atop narrow square-headed windows, tower with a bellcast roof, good doorcase, 2 and a half storeys - shame about the modern door and the plate glass windows, and the loss of what appears to have a verandah, and a front door in the east wing. I'd love to see inside - I've read there's a large foyer and a curving staircase.
The stone castle is located almost on the border of the next county, Lanark. These two signs are a few hundred yards from each other.