CALEDONIA MILL - First Millers' Day 1999
Haldimand County, Ontario
Robert Miller photo


Oldest Millstone in North America - c.1610 found in Canada at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

How Millstones work

LINKS to Google MAPS, David Sweeney's photo gallery, and many Canadian mill websites

Milling Through History
"Escape the super highways and travel the back roads along popular waterways and you will find significant, but often overlooked connections to Canada’s industrial past. Your reward may be a simple limestone wall or the rough outline of a foundation. Or it could be a working mill that is still operating the way it did 100 or more years ago—grinding grain, carding wool or sawing wood."


A TYPICAL SPOOM MILLERS' DAY
Fall Millers' Day, Niagara 2000


Pre-1812 Gristmill at Ball's Falls, Niagara
Measured overlay Drawings of the mill
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Opening the sluice gate


Spring Millers' Day 2013 Robert Miller presents an explanation of how the mills at Indiana and Ruthven Park fitted into the navigation systems and grain/flour trade during the mid 1860's in Canada and the US.

"MILLS IN ONTARIO - MILLS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC"
Wonderfully detailed booklet about almost 70 mills open to the public across Ontario locations/phone&web/descriptions
by Maryanne Szuck
(PDF)
Free download - please join the Chapter

Ontario's Historic Mills
(Amazon link)
by George Fischer and Mark Harris

ONTARIO MILL RESEARCHERS
Census Data, King's Mills 1783, Servos Mill 1791, Secord Mill 1783
Maps of Upper Canada & Canada West by District & County



47 Members tour the Toronto Distillery District - Spring Millers' Day 2012

Backus Mill (see video below) in Port Rowan Ontario, is a national historic site and of special significance, as it was during the bicentennial celebration year for this mill in 1999 that the Canadian Chapter of SPOOM was born.

 

THIS WEB SITE WAS CREATED IN 1999 AND HAS BEEN MAINTAINED AND HOSTED SINCE THEN AT NO COST TO THE CHAPTER. IF YOU FIND ANY BUGS PLEASE CONTACT ROBERT MILLER

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CANADIAN CHAPTER OF SPOOM
Society for the
Preservation Of Old Mills

Our 2014 FALL MILLERS' DAY and Annual General Meeting was held September 6, 2014 in SIMCOE COUNTY, directly north of Toronto.

We toured aboard the huge steamship S.S. Keewatin (key wah tin), a former flour transporter between Thunder Bay and Port McNicoll. Stopping for lunch at the Coldwater United Church we then had a total-access tour of the Coldwater Mill.

Keewatin is the last of the elegant Titanic-era passenger steamships that once plied the Great Lakes. She has finally returned to her home port at Port McNicoll on Georgian Bay where she just re-opened this year as a floating museum. Here is a Bing Map location of Keewatin.

For those who have not yet renewed your membership or wish to join the Canadian Chapter of SPOOM, please print "Join Us" or email me and arrangements can be made.

Further discussions about our 2014 Fall Millers’ Day may be viewed on our Facebook page.

The Canadian Chapter of the Society for the Preservation Of Old Mills, also known as "SPOOM", promotes interest in old Canadian mills - their history, function and preservation.

The Canadian Chapter is a branch of the American international organization of SPOOM
, chartered in the State of Maine in 1972. SPOOM "national" is dedicated to "promote interest in old mills and their related cultural features now quickly passing from the present scene".

The Canadian Chapter was initiated in 1999 and in 2012 we became registered as a not for profit Canadian Corporation through our affilation with the Ontario Historical Society.

Twice yearly, Canadian mills are selected for tours and speakers in a friendly get together in Canada that we call a “MILLERS' DAY”.

If you have an interest in the history and future of old Canadian Mills, please click
JOIN US. Only $20.00 per year which includes the "Millstone News" electronic journals and other email notices throughout the year.

Members of the Canadian Chapter are encouraged to also become members of our parent organization in the United States which reports to its members through a quarterly "Old Mill News" magazine. For more information please visit their website www.spoom.org This link will open a new window.

Member requests welcome Canadian Chapter Facebook Group

Our 2013 Fall Millers' Day and Annual General Meeting was held at the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve. The Museum, historic saw mill and modern mill at the Forest are located on a private forest tract covering 100,000 acres. The owner, Peter Schleifenbaum, was our guest speaker and tour guide for the morning. Following lunch at the Cook House the members toured the modern mill with Peter and visited the massive reconstructed Hawk Lake log chute once used to drive logs down from Big Hawk to Halls Lake.






Over 50 of our members enjoyed a lunch/tour at Ruthven Park's millsite and Grand River Navigation Co. Lock No. 1 during Spring Millers' Day 2013. This followed a morning presentation/tour of the historic Caledonia Mill by Ian Thompson shown below.

Caledonia Mill

 

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