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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


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.

Related Ontario plaques
United Empire Loyalists
Sir Richard Cartwright 1835-1912


Greater Napanee Plaques

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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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