By the early 1990s all of Appleton’s mills had closed. The sawmill and gristmill had disappeared by the early 20th century while thewoolenmill was last to close in 1992. Originally the mills were a drivingforce in the development of the village. The gristmill and sawmill provided food, building materials, and employment for the local residents. The population grew around the mills adding a blacksmiths shop, a general store, a cobbler and many more small businesses.
With thewoolenmill the economy grew even stronger. Two churches, a school, a community hall andseveral more businesses were built to support the local residents.
Although the mills have faded away, their legacy and heritage are still alive in Appleton. A tour through the streets of Appleton shows the amazing houses, buildings, and ruins all interconnected and all stemming from the original Mills of Appleton.– North Lanark Museum
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