Ghost towns of Haliburton County Pt 2

Published on May 4th, 2009

So I am back with the rest of the weekend story. That’s why I was tired writing the first part!


Possible old log barn from Furnace Falls

Possible old log barn from Furnace Falls

On Sunday the girlfriend and I went back to try and find the old town site of Hadlington with map in tow this time and directions…or so I thought. We drove down a side road named Lower Monmouth Lake Road which branches off Hadlington Road. It turned into a trail up and around a hill. It did continue on to the left into someone’s property which we did not venture. We walked up the trail a ways and seen a caved in building of some sort along a creek, and in a clearing. It was sitting in an old hydro corridor.

After exploring this area quickly we decided the town site was not this area so continued on. We walked for another 20 minutes and then came across a road. Scratching my head I tried to figure out what road it was. I eventually realized it was West Eels Lake Road coming up from Hwy 28 in Peterborough County. No old town site here. We backtracked a little ways and explored another trail. No luck. By this time we had been walking for about an hour and a half so we headed back to my Jeep. 

We got in and drove back out to Hadlington Road where I decided to take the road the rest of the way towards the west. BINGO! There was the old schoolhouse that was in the directions.

Oh and for your information if you want to check it out. I forgot to include it in last night’s post. The site is They have a list of old towns in Ontario and Canada and include photos and directions on how to get there.

So we drove on and found an old farm that was still in use. After that the road narrowed and became an Unassumed Road. So we drove this time instead of walked. Lots of rock, mud and water. It wasn’t too bad, I have a Jeep!

Well driving down a ways we didn’t see anything that resembled old log buildings. Well it was getting near the time to leave so I turned the vehicle around. Maybe I didn’t go far enough or something but I will have to do some more research at the County Registry office I think before I find this place. 

We drove back out to the main highway and went on to a little place called Furnace Falls. It’s located along County Road 503 on the Irondale River. Now this is not the original town location but the site where the blast furnaces were located when back in the late 1890’s they were using the furnaces to make charcoal iron. The town site is located along the west end of the White Boundary Road just about 1.2 kilometers in from County Road 503.

We didn’t stay long. I had to run my girlfriend to work for 2pm. I took a series of photos of what looked to be an old log barn then called it a day. I will be going back to some of these areas and more to get some more images.

I hope you enjoyed the adventure. It will continue, but until then…Happy Exploring!

Furnace Falls town site

Furnace Falls town site



7 Responses to “Ghost towns of Haliburton County Pt 2”

  1. AndrewBoldman Says:

    da best. Keep it going! Thank you

  2. Clayton Self Says:

    Hi there,
    Ron Brown just sent me this link as I am very interested in Furnace Falls. I have been doing extensive research the past few days and have pinpointed its exact location. The location is marked on modern maps exactly as you have stated at 1.2 kms in on the White Boundary Rd from 503. However, all evidence thus far suggests that the real town centre was located straight north of this spot. Here at 4.9 miles from Howland Station was the flag station for the IB&OR railway. A store/post office, 2 mills, some homes and a smelter were were either built at this spot or the previous location. I cant confirm this for sure though. There is still a trail that is the old railway line. It crosses over 503 and leads to the 1st creek before you come to the picnic area on the Irondale River. This was town centre and if u follow the rail trail you will end up behind that old abandoned barn (clearly visible from 503) right near town centre. I measured the trail distance from Howland with a topo map and its exactly 4.9 miles at that point. BINGO!! If you have any more info please let me know as I plan to take a hike up there soon.
    ps- if you continue another 2 miles you will come to the Snowdon Mine site which was 6.75 miles along the rail line.

  3. Ben Says:

    Hello Clay,

    I myself am not 100% certain of the town site exactly but according to a website that I read before going out to look said that the Furnace Falls site was on White Boundary. There isn’t much there and I was actually planning on going back sometime soon. I just picked up a new wide angle lens and planning to get back there when I am not driving camp charters. I work for First Student Canada as a bus driver. Are you from the area? Did you say there was an old town site located closer to Howland? Perhaps that was the Howland Jct townsite…if it had one. I have not wondered around that spot much and it was only a very quick visit when I last was at Furnace Falls. The falls itself along the 503 was not the townsite as some might expect. It was the location where the blast furnaces were. The only reason I am trying to locate old sites is to see if I can find some old ruins and take photographs, and possibly make it into a photo book. Perhaps we should meet up when your up hiking about.

  4. Ben Says:

    Hello again,

    I went back to Furnace Falls today. I also have some photographs. Not many though up close. I might go back there but I was a little worried about taking photographs on private property and using them in my photo book. Now as for what you will find…..

    There is nothing notable at the picnic area other than the falls. I couldn’t see anything that looked like furnace foundations…unless it was further down river? I took some photos here. I then drove down 503 looking for the rail trail. You wont find it, only if you look darn hard. I looked at the map link you sent me and memorized that. I should have had a topo with me but didn’t bother. The stream looks like a swamp from the 503 on the right-hand side from the road coming from Kinmount. The old rail bed does run across the road but it is so overgrown anyone else not knowing what to look for wont know what to see, but you can see it if you look carefully.
    Coming back from the picnic area past the old stone/concrete bridge and barn on the hill the rail trail can be seen from 503 as you can see the remnants of a trail on the left.

    Me and the girlfriend went back to the old bridge and I think that this could be the old Monck Road. there is no other reason for it to really be there other than the old road itself. It crosses over the 503 and up the hill towards the old farm. Back up there the old road goes by a house and old barn. It then goes down a small hill and it then overgrown in grass. It rained this morning and my shoes are still wet! I was there around 10am. The old road then meets up with the old IB&O crossing. It will be crossing from the right to the left on an angle and it is also overgrown with grasses, ferns and trees. You can see down the old rail trail a bunch of pines and that is where it meets up with the 503 I believe.

    I didn’t keep walking down the old Monck Road as it gets progressively more overgrown. Your welcome to try. Wear your bug spray!

  5. Clayton Self Says:

    Here is a nice map of Hadlington. The map on ghostownpix is too far to the east and needs to show Hadlington to the west..

  6. DenzelWMn Says:

    Dear Friends, Happy Happy halowen!

  7. Melissa Billings-Beedle Says:

    I enjoyed your ghost town photos, and looking through your pictures, reading your stories… I’m sorry to see you gave up on on the website, and wish you the best.

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