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Purdy's Mills

Purdy's Mills

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Purdy's Mills

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Kawartha Lakes
In Lindsay, in a park on the west bank of the Scugog River
just south of the Wellington Street bridge

Coordinates: N 44 21.437 W 78 44.230


Plaque Text

The saw and grist mills built in 1828-30 by William Purdy and his two sons on the nearby Scugog River, formed the nucleus of the Town of Lindsay which was incorporated in 1857. Purdy was imprisoned in 1837 on a charge of sympathizing with Mackenzie's Rebellion, and in 1841 armed mobs attacked the mills, believing that flooding caused by the excessive height of his dam was responsible for fever epidemics. After his release Purdy left the district and his mills were sold to Hiram Bigelow in 1844.



Other Plaques in Lindsay
The Scugog Route
Ernest Thompson Seton 1860-1946
Sir Sam Hughes 1853-1921

Kawartha Lakes Plaques

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> Posted April 29, 2012
Interesting about Sir William Purdy. This mill could be a great news story. The links are pretty good. Purdy must have had a very action filled life. His sons must have felt sad for their father's imprisoned years.

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