Category Grist Mills of Ontario – Then and Now

Woodley’s Heritage Sawmill

In the 1870’s James Woodley dammed up a small stream near the present day town of Hayden, Ontario. This was the beginning of an early water powered sawmill and the start of a chair factory. As with most early saw and grist mills a small village was soon established nearby. This hamlet east of Haydon […]

The Historic Hope Saw Mill

This awesome old saw mill is now an Educational and Heritage Center located on the Indian River at 3414 Hope Mill Road, Lang Ontario. Not to be confused with the Lang Grist Mill at the Lang Pioneer Village nearby, it is strictly a working saw mill, a wood working museum and has archival records from […]

Fowlds Mill, Hastings, Ontario

The Town of Hastings straddles a set of rapids where the Trent River narrows, at the eastern end of Rice Lake. The Trent-Severn Waterway is a 386 kilometre canal route connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton to Lake Huron at Port Severn. The rivers were an important part of settlement in Upper Canada as they were […]

The Early Mill Streams of Cobourg, Ont.

Remember as children how we loved to follow streams ? We would sail ‘boats’ in them, we would dam them for our own private swimming pools…until the first rain storm would flood them out! We could catch fish and frogs, we could wade and swim and get the sunburns of our life. This story might […]

Cheers to the Mill Keepers

This is a tribute to all the keepers of the old and historical mill buildings of Ontario. Whether for restoring these great old buildings back to mill operations or saving them for private or public use, thank you from the 2oldguyswalking team. Seems the Rangers attraction to these rare old buildings might be influenced by […]

The Mill at Campbellcroft, Ont.

Is this a beautiful old mill? Not really, but it is rustic beyond belief! This little mill is located just south of Campbellcroft on a side road you may never have had any reason to travel, unless you were hiking part of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail located here. Okay, there is not much else to […]

The Other Mill in Bowmanville, Ontario

The Village of Darlington Mills Ontario started around 1794 just south of where the Vanstone Mill is located today at 116 King Street, Bowmanville.  The first Loyalist families to settle here were the Burks,  Trulls and Roger Conant. John Burk erected a saw mill and then a grist mill on the west bank of Barber’s […]