A TYPICAL SPOOM MILLERS' DAY
Fall Millers' Day, Niagara 2000
Pre-1812 Gristmill at Ball's Falls, Niagara
Measured overlay Drawings of the mill
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.
IN ONTARIO - MILLS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC"
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
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.
Further discussions about our 2014 Fall Millers’ Day may be viewed on our Facebook page.
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.
yearly, Canadian mills are selected for tours and speakers in a friendly
get together in Canada that we call a “MILLERS' DAY”.
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.
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.