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May 18, 2014

Barber Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Barber Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Barber Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

The Barber Mill was built in 1823 near present day Georgetown, Ontario. In 1854 it was purchased by the Barber brothers who converted it from a woolen mill to produce rag paper. The property has been deserted for some years, with plans for development seemingly on hold. I have seen images of the inside which are very interesting but would not now be possible without trespassing.


Barber Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Barber Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

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  1. The Barber Mill photos are spectacular! It’s too bad you couldn’t have gone inside. Besides trespassing I would be concerned for your safety as well. Great work!

    Comment by Jeff Jones — March 28, 2011 @ 9:47 am

  2. What a neat image – I love the texture…

    Comment by Nicole MacP — March 28, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  3. I love the atmosphere on the first one. Very impressive !


    Comment by Jma — March 28, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

  4. Terrific photo! Looks like the mill is sinking into the ground. What a pity!

    Comment by Hilke Breder — March 28, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  5. Thanks Hilke,

    Its deteriorating, hopefully it can still be saved

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  6. Thank you Jean-Michel.

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  7. Thanks Nicole,

    It is unusual to have this siding.

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  8. Thanks Jeff, you have an interesting website.

    Comment by Harold — April 7, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  9. The Barber Mill! I live nearby and have trespassed many, many a time to model inside the beautiful old building. With the majority of the structure being reinforced concrete, there is very little danger to those with any sense to stay on them and away from the rotted wood flooring.

    With two separate buildings and a total of 5 storeys, there is so much of this building to explore. Access is extremely simple (I generally bring photographers of all ages to this building, and they have no issues getting around at all).

    Beautiful and serene – I hope that this incredible building is never torn down, but left to be explored for years to come. It really is not dangerous at all for those with any sense.

    Comment by Dane — May 4, 2011 @ 10:20 am

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