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Chaffey's Mills

Chaffey's Mills

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2006

Chaffey's Mills

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Rideau Lakes
At Chaffey's Locks, on Road 9 on the east side
of the one-lane bridge over the lock.

Coordinates: N 44 34.755 W 76 19.209


Plaque Text

Prominent early millers in Eastern Ontario, Benjamin and Samuel Chaffey were born in Somerset, England and came to Upper Canada in 1816. After settling briefly in Perth they moved to Elizabethtown (Brockville) where they operated mercantile and milling ventures. Encouraged by local residents to establish mills along the Rideau River, they chose this location in 1820. Samuel settled here soon after, effecting many improvements to the site. By 1827 an extensive complex including a distillery and grist, saw, carding and fulling mills had been established. A small settlement known as Chaffey's Mills gradually developed. The mills were flooded during the building of the Rideau Canal (1826-32), but shipping and, later, tourism stimulated the continuous growth of the community of Chaffey's Lock.

Related Ontario plaque
Rideau Canal 1826-1832


Rideau Lakes Plaques

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