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Backhouse Grist Mill

Backhouse Grist Mill

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

Backhouse Grist Mill

Plaque Location

The County of Norfolk
At the mill in Backus Heritage Conservation Area
3.7 km north of Port Rowan via Road 42 and Backus Mill Road

Coordinates: N 42 39.215 W 80 28.092


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Plaque Text

This rare technological and architectural survivor of early grain milling in Upper Canada was built by John Backhouse in the 1790s. Typically found in frontier agricultural communities of the early 19th century, this heavy timber-framed structure used water power to mill grain. More contemporary machinery, added in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, was common in small-scale, commercial establishments in the countryside. These mills marked the beginning of what became one of Canada's major industries.

Another plaque at this location
The John Backhouse Mill



Norfolk County Plaques

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