Montgomery House

The Montgomery Log House

The Montgomery House was moved to a site on Highway 29 just north of the main Frankville intersection where it remained for many years. A popular misconception was that this was the original home of Louise Crummy McKinney,  her home still exists on the Lake Eloida Road.

The Montgomery Cabin was originally on the 188 Line 8 Frankville property originally owned by Joseph Montgomery. Joseph and his wife are buried on this property in the late 1800’s.

The log house was moved to Upper Canada Village where it has been refurbished on the inside into a very comfortable and modern cabin. It is used to house students who spend time at the village during the summer months, it can also be rented out to families who want to spend extra time experiencing life at Upper Canada Village.

We appreciate Upper Canada Village allowing us access to the building and allowing us the opportunity of sharing these photos.


The log house when it was in Frankville c1985
The log house in Frankville c1985









Upper Canada Village October 2016
Upper Canada Village October 2016
Washrooms and showers have been added in the addition to the right









Downstairs interior kitchen area October 2016
Downstairs area October 2016
Downstairs Area October 2016
















Upstairs Sleeping area October 2016
Upstairs sleeping area 2016
Upstairs sleeping area 2016

The log Cabin originally stool on the Montgomery property on Kitley Line 8

Map of 1861-62









The Montgomery’s are buried in a private grave on their original farm.

Joseph Montgomery Sr Dec 23 1883 @ 93yrs


Margaret Montgomery Mar 20 1869 @ 82yrs


Obituary for William Henry Montgomery, son of Joseph Montgomery

Frankville- Feb 26, 1925

Kitley Mourns the Loss of William Henry Montgomery. Was a  School Teacher after leaving Athens High School

The death occurred at Frankville, on Tuesday, February 24, of a highly respected and widely known citizen in the person of William Henry Montgomery. The deceased had been strickened with paralysis only a few days before and had failed to show any improvement during the time up to his death. On Tuesday morning about 3:30 the end came. The whole community and surrounding country were in mourning. The one who had passed way was the great helper and advisor of the community. He was a man slow to criticize, of weighty judgment and of a charitable nature and the district has lost one of its greatest intellects. The deceased was much interested in public and political life. Being a staunch Conservative, he took and active part in politics.

The latter part of Mr. Montgomery’s life was spent at Frankville, where he was born in 1856, the son of the late Joseph Montgomery. He attended the Farmersville (Athens) High School and after graduating from that institution taught school in several parts of the district. Then he accepted a position as Customs Officer at Brockville, and spent some years in the service of the government. He returned to the home of his boyhood to spend the remainder of his life in the service of the people with whom he began his days.

The funeral left the home at 1 p.m. on Thursday and the service was conducted by the Rev. T.F. Townshend of the Toledo Union Church and internment made in the cemetery there.

Some years ago the only daughter, Mrs. W.J. Plunkett, Perth, Ont., passed away. A sorrowing wife, one grandson, E. Cleon Plunkett, and family, Ottawa; four brothers, J.W. Montgomery, Frankville; Stewart Montgomery, Frankville; Rev. Edgar Montgomery, Tauton, Mass; Herman Montgomery, Almonte and one sister, Mrs. H. Pierce, Smiths Falls remain to morn the great loss.

The pallbearers were the cousins of the deceased, Manford Montgomery. James Robb, George Robb, Edgar Robb, I.E. Lockwood and Morty E. Montgomery.

Among the floral offerings were sprays from Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Stewart, Brockville; Dr. W.H. Bourns and Mrs. Edgers, Frankville; and Dr. H.A. Clark, MPP, Brockville.

Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved wife and sorrowing friends.


Confusion about the connection between Louise Crummy and the Montgomery Cabin


The Plaque Reads as Follows: Louise C. McKinney (1868-1931) Born on a nearby farm Louise Crummy taught school in Leeds County and in 19896 married James McKinney. In 1903 they settled in Claresholm Alberta. A leader in the temperance movement and strong advocate of female suffrage she was elected as an Independent member of the Alberta legislature in 1907. She thus became the first woman in the British Empire to gain a parliamentary seat.


In 1967 a plaque was erected in front of the Montgomery House to honour Louise Crummy McKinney, who was born in the Frankville area. Unfortunately the placement of this plaque in front of the Mongtomery Cabin, led many to believe that this cabin was the birthplace of Louise Crummy.

This cabin was not her birthplace.