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6: Spencerville Mill

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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 is a traditional geocache hidden outside of the mill. Please re-hide it tucked out of sight.

Histoire / History:

Perhaps one of the most galvanizing aspects of the history of the South Nation River was European settlers using the river to power mills; whether saw mills for building and trade, or grist mills saving long journeys to larger centers for food.

By 1812, Peleg Spencer had built a wooden dam on the South Nation River and constructed a sawmill on the south bank to serve the settlers in the backwoods of Edwardsburgh Township.

Over the years, fires gutted the building allowing different reconstruction projects to occur, just as swiftly as the ownership and partnerships of the mill changed hands. In 1912, J.F. Barnard purchased the mill and adjacent stone house for $4,600. Under the trademark, Grow-or-Bust, he produced a line of balanced poultry and livestock feed. After his sons became involved, the mill received upgrades and expanded the business. With his grandchildren, he eventually added a hardware store in 1955. Ted Barnard continued to run the family business until it closed in 1972.

South Nation Conservation purchased the Mill in 1985 and transferred ownership to the newly created Eastern Valley Heritage Foundation. In 1999, this Foundation was renamed The Spencerville Mill Foundation and turned the Mill into a tourist destination.


L'un des aspects les plus galvanisants de l'histoire de la rivière Nation Sud fut l’emploi de la rivière par les colons européens pour alimenter les moulins, qu’il s’agisse des scieries pour la construction et le commerce, ou des moulins à farine afin d’économiser les longs trajets vers les grands centres pour acheminer la nourriture.

En 1812, Peleg Spencer avait construit un barrage en bois sur la rivière Nation Sud et bâti une scierie sur la rive sud pour desservir les colons dans les forêts du canton d'Edwardsburgh.

Au fil des ans, les incendies ont ravagé le bâtiment donnant lieu à différents projets de reconstruction, tout aussi souvent que les propriétaires et les partenariats du moulin changeaient. En 1912, J.F. Barnard acheta le moulin et la maison de pierre adjacente pour 4 600 $. Sous la marque Grow-or-Bust (Accroître ou faire faillite), il produisit une gamme équilibrée d'aliments pour volaille et bétail. Après que ses fils se soient impliqués, le moulin reçut des améliorations et ils développèrent l'entreprise. Avec ses petits-enfants, il ajouta finalement une quincaillerie en 1955. Ted Barnard continua de diriger l'entreprise familiale jusqu'à sa fermeture en 1972.

La Conservation de la Nation Sud acheta le moulin en 1985 et en transféra la propriété à l’Eastern Valley Heritage Foundation nouvellement créée. En 1999, cette fondation a été rebaptisée la Fondation du moulin de Spencerville et a transformé le moulin en une destination touristique.

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