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.
Upper Canada grain trade

"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

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If you have an interest in old Canadian Mills, please register for our annual Millers' Day. Registration includes you in our Member/$upporter Group. If you are unable to attend a Millers’ Day, but wish to support the Chapter, please support our fundraising effort by completing the MEMBER/$UPPORTER GROUP form and mailing it with your donation. This group of supporters also constitutes our exclusive mailing list.

Any donation is gratefully appreciated. Our financial goal is to endow a CANADIAN OLD MILL RESTORATION GRANT PROGRAM. Corporate donations and sponsorships towards this initiative are especially welcome.

Our 2015 FALL MILLERS' DAY and Annual General Meeting will take place on September 12, 2015 just south/east of Peterborough Ontaro. In the morning, we will meet at the Hope Sawmill at 10:00am for a complete log sawing demonstration. Coffee and muffins will be served. Following this we will head to the Lang Village Visitors Centre for a lunch and a brief meeting. After our lunch meeting we have exclusive access to the Lang Grist Mill in the Lang Pioneer Village. The Lang Mill turbine was repaired this year and they are now grinding flour again.

Please complete the Millers' Day REGISTRATION FORM and again please note that each person's registration includes membership in our fundraising Member/$upporter Group. This group also constitutes our exclusive mailing list.

Canadian Chapter of SPOOM
Fall Millers' Day 2014 at Steamship Keewatin and the Coldwater Mill.

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

The Chapter is also 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".

Members of the Canadian Chapter are therefore encouraged to also become members of our parent organization in the United States which includes the quarterly "Old Mill News" magazine. For more information please visit their website www.spoom.org


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. Following lunch at the Cook House the members toured the modern mill and visited the Hawk Lake log chute once used to drive logs down from Big Hawk Lake to Halls Lake.




Historic Hawk Lake log chute - Haliburton County, Ontario


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, on the Grand River in Haldimand County, Ontario

 

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