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Duncrief

Introduction

Town site photo

The miller's home

©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko

Duncrief was a small milling hamlet located near London. The first mill was built in 1835. Over time other businesses and settlers began moving in. A post office finally opened in 1862.

At its height Duncrief boasted a population of around 100. It included a general store, wagon and blacksmith shops, two busy flour mills, a Methodist church and a school.

Duncrief was an unfortunate victim of its own success. Once the land was cleared, it dried to the point where it was no longer able to absorb the excess spring moisture. This resulted in severe ecological damage that translated into floods which washed the mill away on at least two separate occasions. A mill fire in 1895 finally put an end to the ongoing turmoil.

Today all that remains of Duncrief are a few foundations, and one cabin, said to belong to the miller.