In 1835, Archibald 13th Laird of McNab, had a small stone house erected on the shore of White Lake. Here he lived for a number of years with his common-law wife Catherine Fisher, their son Allan, and their daughter Kitty. The Laird returned to Britain in 1852; Catherine remained in the house until her death in the 1870's.
Later the house became the property of Mrs. Violet Box. It had fallen to disrepair, and efforts were made to have the historic building restored. However on April 12, 1936 the owners demolished it with a few sticks of dynamite. It remained in ruins until 1967.
The Glasgow Station School was in the hamlet of Glasgow Station. When the school closed, students were bused to a new one built on the Stewartville Road (7th Line McNab). It is now a private residence.
Photograph from p.37, Book 1, Glasgow Women's Institute Tweedsmuir. Taken in 1953.
Originally called New Glasgow in 1894, then Glasgow, Glasgow Station and now back to Glasgow, the community has held firmly to the name of the city in Scotland from which many of the first settlers came.
The naming of this hamlet was brought about by the establishment of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway line through the Township. Buildings from a nearby settlement called Lundy's Corners were transplanted to the current location. A community hall was built in 1915 and was alternately used as a meeting hall, a church, a sunday school, a township hall and a place for social gatherings.
The hamlet is still inhabited, however it has changed through the years as buildings have been replaced, renovated and demolished.
The congregation started in 1849 as a Free Church of Canada, an off-shoot of the Presbyterian Church. The Burnstown community erected a large log church on the current site near the bridge over the river. Later, the church was clad with wooden siding that was painted white. In 1875 the two Presbyterian factions rejoined and Burnstown’s church became known as St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
With a new century approaching, the Burnstown congregation decided to construct a new edifice in 1899. In 1925, the church became part of the United Church of Canada, and retains a congregation to this day.
Photograph by Irene Robillard.
Constructed beginning in 1853, Daniel McLachlin moved his family to the stone house known as "The Hill" in 1859. In 1933, it was sold to R.M. Gemmel and known as Raithmuir. It was then sold to Colonel W.H Hadley, who sold it in 1946 to the Oblate Order of Mary Immaculate. In 1975, it was developed into a spiritual retreat centre known as the Galilee Community. It is now the Galilee Centre.
The Black River Depot was located on a hillside overlooking Lake Travers (now called Lac Branssat) in Pontiac County, Quebec within timber limits that were owned by the McLachlin Brothers beginning around 1866. Charles Macnamara visited the depot multiple times from 1900-1904 and it is written about extensively in his manuscript, 'Life in the Lumber Camps of the McLachlin Brothers of Arnprior, Ontario.'
Built in 1863 by Hugh Frederick McLachlin, this white board and batton house with gingerbread trim was the home of the Macnamara family and later the Cunningham family. Richard Macnamara and then his son, Charles, were bookkeepers for the McLachlin Bros. Lumbering Company. Charles Macnamara, famed naturalist and photographer, lived in the house from 1885 until his death in 1944. In 1945, the property ownership was transferred to Marian Macnamara and Jean Graham Cunningham. It still stands today as a bed and breakfast.
The second grist mill to be built in Arnprior, this stone building was built by Daniel McLachlin around 1850 and it remained in the McLachlin Bros.' posession until 1935. Multiple millers operated the mill and in 1898 the company began to use it as a training headquarters for boy scouts as well as a boarding house. After 1935 it was used for multiple purposes, most notably as Baird's restaurant and coin wash, owned by Bill Baird. In 1975, it was sold to the Ontario Hydro company and unfortunately gutted by fire. Today, one of the original turbines stands as a reminder of its presence, along with a plaque.
The Brennan Lake Depot was located on the shore of Lake Kipawa (then known as "Keepawa" or "Kippewa" among other variations) in South-West Quebec, near Témiscaming and the border with Ontario. A document lists these timber limits for auction in 1896-7, when the McLachlin Bros. attempted to sell their business. It lists 803.75 square miles of forest along with four depots and their attached farms. The Brennan lake depot would have been one of them, but its exact location is unknown.
In 1905, Charles Macnamara (the firm's bookkeeper) traveled to the depot to check on its progress. He wrote in his manuscript that the men there were not doing very well, with a high turnover of depot clerks and a mention of "drunken parties."
Constructed in 1867, Mill No. 2 was the second mill built by Daniel McLachlin on the Madawaska river at the bridge. Called "The Little Mill", it was smaller in size and output than Mill No.1, beside it. After the much larger Mills No. 3 and 4 were built along the shore of Chats Lake in the 1870s and 80s, Mills no. 1 and 2 slowly ceased production. All of the mills ceased operation in 1929 due to a decline in business over the 1920s. However, Mill No.2 operated again to saw logs for shipment to the J.R. Booth Company from 1936 to 1938. Its stone foundations were demolished in 1972 when Ontario Hydro constructed the weir.
Mill no. 1, known as "the big water mill," was built in 1865 by Daniel McLachlin on the East bank of the Madawaska river. This was not McLachlin's very first mill, however. In the 1850s, McLachlin was operating a mill he refurbished from the remnants of a previous mill built by the Buchanan brothers in 1833. It was water-powered and had a single saw which turned out one board at a time. When the Brockville & Ottawa railway was built to Arnprior in 1865, the new mill was constructed on the same site to produce much more lumber for transport to new markets.
With the building of the newer steam-saw Mills 3 and 4 in subsequent decades, the equipment in Mill No.1 slowly became outdated. In 1892, with Mill No.4 having just been built, it was deemed expedient to discontinue the work in Mill No.1. By 1905, the insurance plan for the McLachlin Bros. Sawmills & Lumber Yards lists Mill No.1 as a "late mill" repurposed as a storehouse.
The steam-powered No. 3 Mill was built in 1871 along the southern shore of the Ottawa river, east of the Madawaska. It burnt in 1875 and a new mill was built on the same site, opening for production in 1882. It was equipped with the newest machinery of the day, including a 190 foot "Iron Bullet Waste Burner." With the construction of Mills 3 and 4, output grew immensely and the McLachlin Bros. were producing 60,000,000 feet of lumber in a good year. A newspaper article from 1923 stated that there was a downturn in business and that only Mill 3 and 4 were in use for a few months per year. The mills ceased operation in 1929. Its demolition date is unknown.
Mill No. 4 was built in 1892, just 300 yards East of Mill No. 3 on the shore of the Ottawa River. Like Mill No. 3, it was steam-operated and equipped with the latest technology of its day. Mill No. 4 had a a 125-foot high "Iron Bottle" burner. It was the last mill built by the McLachlin Bros. Due to an economic downturn in the 1920s, only Mills 3 and 4 were still in operation by 1923. They ceased operation in 1929, and Mill No. 4 was finally demolished in 1936.
This distinctive house was built for Reverend Henry Usborne's cousin Jack in approximately 1869. When later purchased by the Gillies family it was staffed by maids, cooks and gardeners. Several interior renovations have taken place throughout the years, and it remains a landmark in the village today.
Photograph from the Braeside Women's Institute fonds.
Bessie and Robert Bethune purchased their general store from Mr. Dack in the mid 1920's. At the South-West corner of Findlay Street and the River Road, it was convenient for everyone in the village. Under Gordon Bethune's management, the store gradually changed from a general store to one selling radios, televisions, and electronic goods by the 1980's. It closed around 2001.
Built around 1895, the club rooms were located directly across from the Gillies Bros. administrative office. It was one of several buildings erected by Gillies Bros. which was covered in cedar shingles manufactured in their Klondike Mill. The long two story building contained 50 rooms for the lumbermen on the upper story. The main floor contained rooms for functions such bridal showers, card games, fund-raising activities and dances. Community groups such as the Braeside Women’s Institute regularly held meetings there. It was demolished in 1957.
The Braeside Inn was built by Gillies Bros. in 1888 to provide room and board for workers who needed seasonal accommodation. The Inn expanded in sections in response to Gillies Bros. increased workforce. The western section contained a medical clinic and a small library. Administrative staff from Gillies Bros. office often ate their noon meal in the large dining room located on the main floor. It was demolished by Gerald Desjardins in March 1979.
In December 1965, a bylaw was passed by Braeside Council to commemorate Canada's Centennial by building a new municipal office with an estimated cost of $25,000.00. Coming in on budget, M. Sullivan & Son of Arnprior constructed the building which was located on Centre Street near the fire hall. Reeve Dick Robbins and council members Frank Kelford, Neil Mullen, John A. Gillies and Bill Meek presided over the opening ceremonies which took place September 6, 1967.
In January 1998, amalgamation throughout the province of Ontario resulted in Braeside joining McNab Township to become the Municipality of McNab/Braeside. The Braeside municipal building was then used by the volunteer fire department.
The Loyal Orange Lodge No. 169 in Braeside was established at a meeting held on the 21st of September, 1894. John A. Neil was elected its first Master. By 1907, sufficient interest and funds were raised to erect a hall which officially opened in November 1909. It served as an informal community centre where many people gathered to celebrate social and special events, regardless of religious affiliation. It is now a private residence.
This brick, three room school was built in 1878. It served both French and English, Roman Catholic and Protestant families for 75 years. It is presently used as a storage building for Braeside Home Furnishings.