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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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 Note: Please send cheques for US membership payable in US funds only. Bank money orders and travellers' cheques are also acceptable but only in US funds.


 


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 join us by completing and forwarding this MEMBERSHIP FORM with your choice of any amount as your Membership Fee Donation.

As a bonus, every Membership Fee Donation exceeding $20 will have the extra deducted from one 2016 Millers’ Day registration.

And all Membership Fee Donations of more than $20.00 for 2016 will also receive a FREE LIMITED EDITION CAP embossed with the Chapter logo, sponsored by the Absolute Blast Company.

Every membership fee donation is gratefully appreciated. Our goal is to endow a CANADIAN OLD MILL RESTORATION GRANT PROGRAM.

2016 SPRING MILLERS' DAY Moulin Légaré, Quebec
On May 14, 2016 the oldest continuously running water-powered flour mill in North America (c.1762) was the location of almost three dozen members of the Canadian Chapter of SPOOM. Snugged up against the banks of the Rivière du Chêne, this historic mill stands witness to a time not forgotten. Much appreciated as one of its greatest tourist assets, the City of Saint-Eustache supports this mill by subsidizing not just one but two full time millers to ensure its sustainable future operation.


Miller's apprentice, Martin Trudel, demonstrates running the French burr stones for attentive Canadian Chapter members. Martin also used a multi-media presentation to explain the long architectural evolution of Mill Légaré.



Members and guests acquired supplies of buckwheat and whole wheat stone-ground flour from the mill store.


Our 2015 FALL MILLERS' DAY and Annual General Meeting took place on September 12, 2015 just south/east of Peterborough Ontaro. We met at Hope Sawmill (video) for a complete log sawing demonstration and after lunch enjoyed an exclusive running of the Lang Grist Mill (video) by Frances Cardwell.


Power train gearing, Hope Saw Mill, Fall Millers' Day, September 2015


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

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.


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