3360 County Road 10, Vankleek Hill
This is another heritage gem. This 200-year-old stone house has been lovingly cared for by its owners. You will love the addition at the back, and the feeling of a country estate when you look at the outbuildings and the fields as you drive in along a beautiful curved driveway. The homeowners love art and furniture and their home is beautifully decorated! We know it will be even more beautiful when it is outfitted for the Christmas Home Tour. You will love the beautiful woodwork in this home, the floors, a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling fireplace in a cozy den and a one-of-a-kind curved staircase to take you upstairs.
Thanks to the Vankleek Hill and District Historical Society for the house history below!
House History ~ Construction 1830s
This stone house has been home to two families in its nearly 200-year history:
– for the first 100 years, this was home to descendants of Donald Roy McLaurin who emigrated from Perthshire, Scotland in 1815;
– for the last 100 years, it has been home to descendants of John Conrad Carkner, a United Empire Loyalist, originally from Albany County, the Province of New York.
Peter McLaurin arrived in Canada as a boy with his parents Donald and Catherine in 1815, part of the second wave of Scottish settlers encouraged to come to Canada with the promise of free land. In 1837, at age 30, Peter took title to 114 acres here and construction of this house began.
While Peter and his wife Suzanna lived in a log house and began farming, this house was constructed by Scottish stonemasons 1837-1838. Skilled stonemasons were in high demand in the early 1800s when construction of canals and large industries along the Ottawa River was underway.
Complete restoration work of the house, to prepare it for the next 100 years, was undertaken in 2000. At that time, a review of the early construction revealed the use of locally quarried limestone, and the work of two expert stonemasons, one after the other, who had differing yet enduring techniques.
Evident on the original painted plasterwork was detailed stencilling which was popular until wallpaper became readily available. The original heating system had two fireplaces as well as a wood cookstove.
Today there is one fireplace, as much as possible a replica of the original design. The original interior mouldings are all in place.
This farm has seen life as a dairy farm, raised pork and beef, an apiary, experienced reforestation and produces cash crops.
The full story of this home rests within the many children who lived here over the 200-year period. Families of 8 children, 9 children, and 12 children passed along their life legacies that included heartbreak and happiness; all that life offers, like the parties and square dances in the front room when it seemed the fun and laughter would never end.