These photos were first provided to me about fifteen years ago by Michael Dunn. In 2015 Michael provided me with new, higher-resolution versions of them. They provide a fascinating look at life in Almonte over the past hundred and fifty years or so. A lot of the town hasn’t changed much in that time.
SAVE PHOTOS: To save a photo, right-click in the middle of an enlarged image and select ‘Save Image As’ or ‘Save Picture As’.
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  • Rich

    Hi! I would like to be able to print a few pics. Is this possible? My Grandfather A. E. Lotan was a butcher on the Mill Street Almonte. e-mail: mary_richwright@yahoo.ca

    • Brent Eades

      Hi Rich,

      Just noticed your question. To print a photo, right-click on its thumbnail, then select Open Link in New Tab. This will display the photo, which you can then print or save.

  • Dave

    The photo named “29_malcolm” is actual the house at 24 Malcolm Street. It was my grandparents’/mother’s home.

    • Brent Eades

      Thanks Dave. The captions for these photos are as provided to me about 15 years ago by John Dunn. I’ll check into this.

  • Ron

    Fantastic find! The picture of Drury’s Tack Shop. Robert Drury was my great-great-great grandfather.

  • Diane Duncan

    Has this gallery been removed? Would love to see these pictures!

  • C Oo L Chick

    Any history on hugh mcdonald early 1900’s his daughter sarah is my great grandmother.

  • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

    If there are any family connections left in Almonte for the sculptor Robert Tait Mckenzie, I have a photo of a fountain by him. It is titled and signed by the sculptor, who also took the photo, and I would love to get it back to a descendant .

    • Lucy Carleton

      You can contact the Mill of Kintail, home of the R.Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum. They would appreciate a copy of the photo.

      • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

        Thank you for your reply. I would love to find a home for this piece. Would you happen to have access to contact information for the museum?

        • Lucy Carleton

          Contact skolsters@mvc.on.ca or telephone 613-256-3610. I volunteer at the museum archives on Tuesdays and would be happy to meet you. We have received a grant to digitize the photos in our collection, and would love to add your photo to the project.

          • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

            OK, there is a little more to the story. I live in Newport News, Virginia, which is where the photo was found by me, given away at a garage sale! I don’t know how it got here, but wonder if the connection has to do with who the fountain is dedicated to, a woman from Pennsylvania. This is a strongly Mennonite historical area, with ties to Pennsylvania but again don’t know if that means anything. Anyway, I would have to send the picture to you. It is about 20 x 24 and in a very old frame with glass. I have photos of the picture though they are not great due to the glass. Perhaps I should contact the Mvc email you provided and attach the photos? Sorry to be so long winded.

          • Lucy Carleton

            Carolyn, why don’t you contact me personally at lucy.carleton@gmail.com. I’d love to chat with you.

          • Brent Eades

            Hi Lucy,

            I have forwarded an email from Carolyn to Stephanie at the Museum, who was delighted and will be in touch with her.

          • Lucy Carleton

            Thanks.

  • camnai

    I remember the lobby of the O’Brien Theatre differently (page 9, 2nd row from bottom, middle). In my memory, the ticket window was to your right as you came in off the street; this picture suggests it was on the left. I’m wondering if the print wasn’t maybe reversed somehow, or (more likely) if the reversal has taken place in my head…