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The Letterkenny Church

©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko

Letterkenny was a small crossroads hamlet in Renfrew County that was settled in the 1870s. During its best days it had a store, post office, saw and flour mills and a small Lutheran church, built around 1881.

Letterkenny was always a small place with an average population of around 50. Like most small farming hamlets, it began to decline in the early part of the 20th century.

According to local folklore, Letterkenny was rumoured to have been a hiding place for the notorious mobster Al Capone during the 1930s. Capone was said to have been holed up in a log cabin situated on the Letterkenny Road.

Letterkenny struggled on for many years but it was pretty much over by the late 1950s. The church continued to hold regular services until 1991. It remains well maintained and is still used for special occasions.