Google MAPS locating Ontario mills and historic mill seats,
David Sweeney's photo gallery, and many Canadian mill websites
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."
TYPICAL SPOOM MILLERS' DAY
Fall Millers' Day, Niagara 2000
Pre-1812 Gristmill at Ball's Falls, Niagara
Measured overlay Drawings
of the mill
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"
Wonderfully detailed booklet about almost 70 mills open to the public
across Ontario locations/phone&web/descriptions by Maryanne Szuck
Free download - please join the Chapter
Census Data, King's Mills 1783, Servos Mill 1791, Secord
Maps of Upper Canada & Canada West by District & County
Members tour the Toronto Distillery District - Spring Millers'
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
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
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".
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.
CHAPTER OF SPOOM
Society for the Preservation
Of Old Mills
you have an interest in old Canadian Mills, please
join us by completing and forwarding this 2017
MEMBERSHIP FORM with your choice of any amount as your Membership
Our goal is to continually endow the Canadian old mill restoration fund
which we have recently used to assist Coldwater Mill Museum, Lang Mill,
Hope Sawmill, and Needler’s Mill in Ontario, plus Moulin Legare
in Saint Eustache Quebec, and the Avery-Dawe Sawmill in Deep Bight Newfoundland.
Your financial assistance in this worthwhile endeavour is greatly appreciated.
Canadian Chapter caps were received by all members in good standing
who attended Spring Millers' Day 2017 at the Spencerville Mill.
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
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.
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 atHope
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
Millers' Day 2014 at Steamship Keewatin and the Coldwater Mill.