Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"To see forward, we must first look backward."

What a perfect end of summer day to follow a road to Walter's Falls! The Grey County Historical Society had a large number of members and

visitors in attendance (about 75 people). Many gathered first at the feed mill, which is powered by water. Norman Seabrook, a local historian. spoke briefly before people were given a tour of the mill by present owner, Wayne Hewitson.

Next, people gathered for a delicious buffet lunch in the dining room at the Falls Inn.

After a brief business meeting, Norman introduced the presentation on the Mills that have been in the Big Head River Basin. He was assisted by a daughter and grandson with the PowerPoint presentation. Ed Neelands did the narration. We were given many details about the 28 mills that were situated in the Big Head Basin. Norman has spent many hours over the years researching the mills of the area.
As in the 1850s when John Walter acquired land from the crown and he built water powered saw mill, grist mills and woolen mill on Walter's Creek, the farming community depends on the water powered facility for service to the agricultural community. Water is an important and precious commodity today. To quote, Norman Seabrook "To see forward, we must first look backward."

To end the afternoon, some visited St. Philip's Church and cemetery.

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