Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Early Mill Site
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2006
Yes, that's an old mill wheel you're looking at. Erected by the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in 1957, the site, on the east side of Weston Road across from St. Phillips Road, overlooks the Humber River valley across the street. An attached plaque has this to say:
Plaque coordinates: 43.706624 -79.532652
A grist mill & sawmill, built by David Holley in 1810-11, stood in the valley below. James Farr, to whom the mill belonged from 1815 until 1828, operated five run of stones in his mill. The lower & older part of the village of Weston, formerly known as Farr's Mills, was destroyed in the flood of 1850. In 1828, William Wadsworth bought the mill, rebuilt & operated the sawmill, 1830-1870, & built a larger grist mill in 1856. The Wadsworth mills operated in this vicinity for 87 years.
> Posted June 16, 2013
And apparently, right across the street from that, at St. Philips and Weston road where there is a right turn to go down St. Philips once stood a hotel, the name of which I cannot recall. That corner could be so interesting instead of the eyesore it has become.
> Posted September 1, 2012
Wow, I am a Transit Operator for the Royal York 73 TTC Bus and also an avid Historic Mill Photographer. I've passed this site every day for many years and finally decided to google it and am pleased to know what it was all about. I hope the new Go Rail station being constructed will not interfere with this monumental property.
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