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3: Grant's Mills

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Hidden : 10/01/2015
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Geocache Description:

This geocache is one of twenty Historical Geo-Passport geocaches within the South Nation Jurisdiction. For more information on this series of geocaches, please visit South_Nation.

This geocache can be found easily at the posted coordinates, hidden out of sight by passing motorists.

Histoire / History:

Des années 1800 à 1890, le village de Hyndman s’appelait Grant’s Mills (« les moulins Grant »). En 1800, Lewis Grant emménagea dans le canton d'Edwardsburgh pour revendiquer la terre appartenant à son père. Il construisit un barrage et ensuite un moulin à grain sur la rivière Nation Sud. À l’époque, c’était le seul moulin de ce genre sur la rivière entre Montréal et Kingston. Après la mort de Lewis Grant, son fils Daniel vendit le moulin à Joseph Hyndman, qui opéra le moulin jusqu’en 1901. Le changement de nom de Grant's Mills eut lieu dans les années 1890, après que le service postal fit son entrée dans la collectivité pour 50 résidents environ, selon le répertoire du Dominion. Le courrier arrivait adressé à M. Hyndman, le maître de poste ; le village fut connu depuis ce temps sous le nom de Hyndman. L’unique bâtiment encore debout sur la propriété des Grant datant de l’époque de Grant's Mills est une maison de pierre bâtie par Daniel Grant.


Hyndman was called Grant's Mills from 1800 until the 1890s. In 1800, Lewis Grant moved to Edwardsburgh Township to claim land which was entitled to his father. Grant built a dam, and then a grist mill on the South Nation River. It was the only river-based mill of its kind at the time between Montreal and Kingston. After Lewis Grant's death, his son Daniel sold the mill to Joseph Hyndman, who operated the mill until 1901. The town’s name changed in the 1890s after postal service came to the community. Mail arrived addressed to Hyndman (the name of the postmaster) and from then on the community became referred to as Hyndman. The only building still standing on Grant's property from the Grant's Mills period is a stone house built by Daniel Grant. The population of Grant's Mills was listed in the Dominion Directory in the 19th century as around 50 persons in the years 1871 and 1895.

The Grenville County Historical Society, with the support of the Township of Edwardsburg/Cardinal, the Town of Prescott, and the South Nation Conservation Authority unveiled and dedicated an Historical Plaque commemorating Grant's Mills (1800-1895) in September on Hyndman Road in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Township. Close to 40 people came out for the dedication which featured descendants of Lewis Grant and Joseph Hyndman.

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