2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township

The 2017 Heritage Bus Tour on September 9th will be a guided tour made possible by Barr Bus Lines Ltd. Pakenham, Ontario.

We’re stepping back in time to Beckwith in its days of yore! Join Beckwith Historians and the Society’s Genealogists on this guided historical tour throughout our township. We’ll hear about young Ashton, Political Blacks’ Corners, Prosperous Prospect, Military Red Coats of Franktown, take a House Tour of “Rev Smith’s Manse”, Earlier Settler families, Rural One Room Schools, Annie E. Duff, Beckwith’s Photographer and Painter, and more. Enjoy the catered BBQ; visit the displays, hear our Guest Speaker local author John McKenty and tap your toes the entertainment.

The bus will leave from the Beckwith Township Recreation Complex at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The complex opens at 9:00 a.m., allowing time to register for the event or take a few minutes’ walk on the Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail while waiting for the buses to arrive.

2017 Heritage Bus Tour of Beckwith Township
September 9th, 2017
Beckwith Recreation Complex (seating for 100 people)
1319 9th Line Beckwith
Carleton Place, Ontario  K7C 3P2

  • Bus Tour leaves 9:30 a.m.
  • BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m. (The Waterfalls Catering)

Lunch time programming includes:

  • Key Note Speaker: Local Author John McKenty
  • Commemorative Sand Ceremony, dedicated to Beckwith Township Early Settlers
  • Farm related displays, family photos, farm photo, some historical artifacts and treasures from life on the farm
  • Beckwith Township Display with opportunity to purchase their Beckwith History Collection of Books
  • Author Linda Seccaspina will have her book “Tales of Carleton Place” and others available for purchase
  • Lanark County Museums Network Displays

We may even get a chance to hear Irish Traditional music and taste some black blood puddin’, colcannon, soda bread, barmbrack, or apple crumble cake from recipes that provided nourishment on the table in an Irish household during the 1800s and 1900s.

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Photo Gallery:  Blending Beckwith Past & Present

AGM & Potluck Luncheon Saturday, December 3rd

Our Annual General Meeting and Potluck Luncheon was held in the Centennial Hall 152 Church Street Franktown ON  (GPS Coordinates: 45.042956, -76.055936).

Guest Speakers: Claudia Smith and Linda Seccaspina

Barns: A Reflection of Changing Times book coverFascinated by old barns or have fond memories of being in a barn,  Claudia Smith’s presentation of her book: Barns — A Reflection of Changing Times.

Claudia’s presentation celebrated and honored the wealth of heritage barns in Lanark County. She  shared farm histories and anecdotes collected over the past 25 years, as well as photographs from her book that document the changes in agricultural life over the decades from early settlement to the 1950s.  We learned about different barn styles and how people went about getting a barn constructed, how barns were filled and how they were used on a day-to-day basis from choring, to milking, to getting cows used to the brightness of electric lighting. You will never drive along a country road again without seeing the barns in a new light.

Linda Seccaspina shared short Christmas tales from her blog writing on our Facebook page and her website https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com

 

 

2016 Lanark County Harvest Festival

2016 Lanark County Harvest Festival

This year’s Lanark County Harvest Festival was held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 in beautiful Beckwith Park. Festival admission was free and the Harvest Church Supper was a great success – no one left hungry as traditional stew and homemade pie flowed in plenty.

The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra and The Bowes Brothers provided an afternoon of entertainment.

Food seminars, cooking demonstrations,  children’s activities, local producers, artisans and community service organizations market place attracted many.

Work in underway for the 2017 Festival