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The Napanee Mills

The Napanee Mills

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lennox & Addington
The Town of Greater Napanee
In Napanee, in Springside Park south of the
Road 2 bridge over the Napanee River
beside the waterfall on the river


Coordinates: N 44 15.042 W 76 56.744

Map

Plaque Text

In 1785 the Canadian government commissioned Robert Clark, a Loyalist millwright from New York, to build mills on this site. A sawmill was completed in March, 1786, and a grist-mill toward the end of that year or early in 1787. The latter was the first to be erected between Kingston and the Niagara peninsula. The mills were operated for a time by a government agent, James Clarke. In 1799 they were purchased by a prominent Kingston merchant, Richard Cartwright. They served settlers as far west as the Trent and formed the nucleus of the thriving community of Napanee.

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> Posted February 23, 2014
I just found out that Robert Clark was my 5 times great-grandfather. Pretty cool.
Jeff Bentley, Cold Lake, Ab




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