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Herron's Mills


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The sawyer's home, now demolished

©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko

Herron's Mills, located in Lanark County, was first settled around 1840 by John Gillies, a future industrialist. Gillies began with a house, dam, and small sawmill that only operated during the summer. However he was ambitious and energetic. Over time he gradually expanded the site to include grist, oatmeal, woollen and carding mills.

In 1871 Gillies sold the entire operation to the Herron brothers. They quickly added a bake house, shingle mill and outbuildings for the workers. There was also a tannery operated by John Monroe. A post office was added in 1891 and a school some time after that.

Herron's Mills thrived for many years until the advent of the great depression in the 1930s. By the early 40s, a number of the mills had been shut down. The sawmill continued to operate sporadically until 1951, when it was shut down permanently.

Herron's Mills gradually fell into ruin and remained that way for many years. A number of years ago it was purchased by a family who began the process of rebuilding the property for other uses.

The remaining Herron's Mills buildings are located on privately owned property. Structurally they are unstable and dangerous.

DO NOT explore the area unless you have permission from the owners. Otherwise you could be leaving yourself open to charges of trespassing.