In typical Pierce fashion, learned at our father's anxiously twitching knee, we arrived too early and headed to the nearest river to pass some time.
|Menzies house 1850
|the stone house
The bracketed stone house with polychromatic roof tile, to the right of the white house, is also an inn, Almonte Riverside Inn and Kitchen. Sounds delicious, as does the house.
* This was a familiar boosterish boast - just last weekend, while researching Hamilton's Victorian industry, I learned that city was once called Canada's Birmingham. Proudly.
This inviting walking bridge carried tracks at one point - an 1863 map shows the Brockville and Ottawa Railway crossing the river there. At the other end is the Almonte Flour Mill, tidied up and used as upmarket residential.
|Almonte town hall (1885)
Almonte town hall was built to accommodate a fire hall, police offices and a large meeting hall - the multi-purpose town hall type. It was made redundant by 1998 municipal amalgamation, and now houses a celebrated performance and function venue.
But oh, in its day, it had bragging rights. Gothic Revival imperious, with polychromatic roof slates, a kind of Scottish baronial feel to the south facade, and that tower - mansard roof, bracketed, multi-coloured painted brackets, and stick-style open tower. Stonework for which the area is famous - check out the window hoods on the massive Gothic window.
website, which has a great collection of old photos, and an explanation of why the town was named for a Mexican general. You will want to know.
And there's a book. Isn't there always a book?
Lanark Legacy: Nineteenth Century Glimpses of an Ontario County, written by Howard Morton Brown, was published by General Store Publishing House in 2007. The sample I found online is filled with tantalizing historic photos. A ticket to time travel, once again.