What do a stag’s head, the famous aviation crash position locator, and the House of Commons have in common? Believe it or not, they’re all tied to the town of Carleton Place! As important pieces of Carleton Place’s past, these and other fascinating facts and connections about Carleton Place are being celebrated in 2019 as part of the town’s 200th anniversary celebrations.
Here’s the scoop on these little known but fascinating Carleton Place facts: The stag’s head has long been representative of the Town of Carleton Place, where legend says Edmund Morphy, one of the town’s original settlers, once had an opportunity for an easy shot at a deer, only to find that an Indigenous person had also been following the deer for some time.
Seeing each man had a claim to the deer, both men settled the matter by splitting the meat into two halves, and Morphy decided that this should stand as precedent for like cases. The stag’s head became the town of Carleton Place’s logo, representing fair play and sharing. A stroll through downtown Carleton Place will reveal the stag’s head on heritage buildings and other historical plaques.
It was also in Carleton Place that the famous airplane Crash Position Indicator, was first developed by Leigh Instruments in the early 1960s. And if you’ve ever visited the House of Commons or traveled by train or an Air Canada airplane, chances are you were been standing on carpets made in the town of Carleton Place. In fact, there’s more than one tie between Carleton Place and Ottawa’s Parliament, the same architect who designed the Parliament buildings also designed Carleton Place’s Old Post Office.
Visit Carleton Place during their anniversary year and learn more about the history of the town, it’s settlers and the surrounding area. For the inside scoop, visit the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum to get all the details, or wander through downtown Carleton Place and bask in the historic architecture, boutique shops, and fine or casual dining restaurants.
You’ll also want to take the time to stroll along the Mississippi River and see first-hand the powerful current that helped fuel Carleton Place’s early industry. Stop for a bite on a waterside patio, sample beer at one of two breweries, and enjoy all that Carleton Place has to offer in a year made for celebrating.
In 2019, the town is hosting a full year of activities to mark the occasion of 200 years of history. The anniversary celebrations continue all year, and the 200th anniversary committee has been working hard for more than a year to mark the occasion right: join in the fun at these 200th anniversary celebrations!
July 26, 2019
Carleton Place Arena
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Join the Carleton Place 200th Committee for a trivia night and test your Carleton Place knowledge. Registration forms can be found at www.carletonplace200.ca. Pre-registration is required; cost is $20 per team.
July 27, 2019
CP200 Celebration concert
1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Head to Riverside Park for music and entertainment featuring headliner Jason Blaine, and other musical guests like Bailey Rogers, Arlene Quinn, The Bowes Brothers, DoubleBack, The Riley New Band, and Brea Lawrence. Get your tickets at www.ticketsplease.ca/cp200.html. Costs is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.
July 30, 2019
Carleton Place Arena
This is the bingo you won’t want to miss! Look for special 200th historical displays at the Carleton Place Arena, and turn this event into an educational experience. This event is hosted by the Carleton Place & District Civitan Club; please note you must be 18 or older to attend.
Aug. 1, 2019
CP200 Celebration Parade
Enjoy live music, heritage floats, and more during this fantastic parade celebration event to commemorate Carleton Place’s 200 years.
Aug. 2, 2019
Classic Car Parade & Street Dance
Bridge Street & Market Square Pavillion
6:30 p.m. (Parade)
7:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. (Dancing)
Immerse yourself in history during a classic car parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by live music by Eddy & the Stingrays at the Market Square Pavillion.
Aug. 4, 2019
Picnic in the Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It’s time to “Picnic Like it’s 1919” at Riverside Park in Carleton Place. Come and join in the fun with old-fashioned games and displays. Pack your own picnic lunch or purchase one at the CP200 General Store. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Visit www.careltonplace200.ca for the details on these events and more about the town’s 200th year.