Alexander MacDonnell settled at Sand Point which is just north of Arnprior passed Braeside on the Ottawa River. The house still exists that he built and I did see it for I drove up to Sand Point to see why he would choose that area to settle. It is a little hilly. The Ottawa River was beautiful and close.
Before I did this little side trip in the car I stopped at the Albert Street Cemetery. It was just up the street from the Arnprior Public Library. I took John St. N. up to Victoria and turn right over to Albert Street. You cannot miss the cemetery.
WARNING! Be careful of the roads into this cemetery, they stop and you have to carefully back up. One road stopped at a very precarious place. This is the south side of the cemetery. It is situated north to south on Albert Street and right by the river. There is a main entrance up the road at the north end which I advise you take instead of an earlier road. Trust me!
My goal was to find the graves and tombstones of Alexander MacDonnell and his family. The publication of this cemetery has a map and so does the online Gravemaker Website – Here is the link to the tombstones that were photographed and a map which is there at the top in the summary pages.
The Albert Street Cemetery is very large and I encourage you to have some way to identify the tombstone that you wish to view like the publication of this cemetery or online sources.
It wasn’t to hard to find the graves of Alexander McDonell (not spelled MacDonnell) and his family. I will posted more photos later from this cemetery when I get the opportunity.
While I was studying the graves and photographing them this creature came out of the trees lining the edge of the cemetery. At first I thought it was a beaver but then maybe it was a ground-hog. He didn’t look very good, like he was old. He marched through almost the whole cemetery and was a little concerned about me but I kept my distance. He headed for this fence and to the left was what looked like a parking lot and not a really good idea. He thought the better of it and went into the trees and down the hill and disappeared. He was not going to be the only animal I saw this trip.
UPDATE 7/9/2012: Here is a link to the set of the photographs for this cemetery. There is a publication for this cemetery, see above for the online version.
|Albert Street Cemetery, Arnprior, Ontario|