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Hawkesbury Mills

Hawkesbury Mills

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Hawkesbury Mills

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted June, 2011

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell
The Town of Hawkesbury
In the park on the west side of John Street on Chenail Island

Coordinates: N 45 36.909 W 74 36.102


Plaque Text

In 1805 Thomas Mears and David Patee leased islands in the Ottawa where they built a sawmill and a grist-mill. They constructed a dam across the channel to Hawkesbury West and there purchased 400 ha of land. In 1810 half of these properties were mortgaged to William and George Hamilton who later obtained full ownership. The Hamiltons enlarged the sawmill and made it one of the most productive in the province, exporting large quantities of "deals" (softwood planks) to Britain. The mills were owned by the Hamiltons with the nearby "Hawkesbury Post Office" settlement in 1858 to form the incorporated village of Hawkesbury.


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