Carleton Place is having a big milestone celebration in 2019, and you are invited to join in the festivities! As you may or may not know, next year is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the founding families of Carleton Place in 1819. We have celebrated our anniversaries in the past with Old Home Week in 1924, almost 50 years ago in 1969, and the 200th anniversary will be no different.
The celebrations are being organized by a committee of people representing various stakeholders within the community. The organizing committee consists of: Joanne Henderson, Jessica Hansen, Sean Redmond, Bernard De Francesco, Robert Probert, Jennifer Fenwick-Irwin, Robert McDonald, Jackie Kavanagh and Shane Edwards. Some of the committee members have long family connections to the town, while others are newer to Carleton Place.
The description of Old Home Week in 1924 was a big event and “was opened by ringing of church bells and sounding of the whistles or bells of the railway shops of Findlay Brothers foundry and of the Bates & Innes and Hawthorne Woolen Mills. The week’s program was a result of months of planning and preparation for the return of the town’s young and old boys and girls from distant and nearby points.”
Everything from parades to fireworks to shows were all combined to fill the seven day programme. The chief sports events were an assortment from baseball and hockey, to cricket and older timers’ quoit matches. A historical exhibition of district relics, curios and heirlooms were exhibited.
Next year’s celebrations will be similar, although some businesses are long gone with their whistles and bells. We look forward to once again celebrating our community’s history, and this time there will be almost 100 more years of our heritage to celebrate.
Updates will be provided for the rest of 2018 throughout articles like this one, and on the webpage: www.carletonplace200.ca
Facebook & Instagram pages: “Carleton Place 200”
As we continue to develop our celebration plans, anyone who is interested in being a part of the festivities (in both big and small ways) please contact: Jessica Hansen, Community Programmer at (613)257-1704.
Written by: Shane Edwards