Farm building next to Hall residence– From Hall’s Mills Ghost Town–©Copyright: Yvan Charbonneau
Seems William Wiley of Carleton Place had connections in everything around the area. From and Almonte woolen mills to mines and sawmills. When I did research I found out that he had was part of a mining venture also.
By the 1870s, Hall’s sawmill, located on Lot 1, Concession 10, was in full operation. In 1883, Hall opened a post office and gave the community his own name. A school, one of only four in Darling Township, was located on Lot 1, Concession 9. By 1884, Halls Mills had grown to around 50 people. These included, John Abraham, David Barr, Archibald Boyle, James Kilgore, Robert Lett, Thomas Murphy and the Munro and Robertson families. Daniel Munro was the blacksmith. Hall went on to form a partnership with William H. Wylie of Carlton Place to embark on a combination of mining and mineral lands dealing. Whether the venture was successful is unknown as Hall reportedly passed away in 1885 or 1886.– read the rest at Hall’s Mills Ghost Town–
Dawn Jones added:
Interesting story. My brothers and aunts and uncles attended public school at Hall’s Mills in the 50’s and 60’s. The teacher at the time was Ida Guthrie. The school house still stands and was renovated into a house. My grandparents bought their farm ( a large property that extended from the 8th concession to the 9th concession of Darling Township from David Caldwell in the early 50’s.
I enjoyed the article about Halls Mills (forwarded to me by cousin, Eleanor Wright of Appleton).Robert Lett was our great grandfather. My sister, Mary, and I were born in the Hall house when the owner was our grandfather, Robert Cameron. We moved to Almonte in 1941 and lived there until moving to Brockville for Nurses training in the late 1950’s. The house now belongs to cousin, Boyd Cameron. We still visit the area as we have several cousins in the Carleton Place area.
Thanks Sandra for posting this. Always love to have comments..:) HUGGG