Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tires on Bridge Street

Here's a photo from the 1920's of Bennett Chevrolet at its original location at the corner of High and Bridge streets. Evidently they sold Goodyear tires and tubes. Bennett Chevrolet is still in Carleton Place, a big dealership out near the "strip". The Bennetts bought the dealership from the McGregors. I'm pretty sure the painted sign on the stone wall says "Mcgregors Garage".

This is the building at the corner of High and Bridge now.

It is joined to this building, although the two were originally two separate hotels.

It was originally built in the 1830's as a two story centre gable design. It was opened in 1846 as the Carleton House Hotel. I believe the third story and metal cornice were added c. 1904 when it became the Leland Hotel. Municipal and council meetings were held here in the 1840's and 1850's, and since the mid 1950's it has contained various businesses. It's empty now, of course, like much of our main street. Just imagine all the stories in the walls: so many years of tourists, boarders, politicians!....