Projects & Events at The Martintown Grist Mill

Video – Is the Martintown Mill haunted?

The Prescott Paranormal Society completed their investigation of the mill in a six hour period overnight July 2-3, 2010. They reported evidence of paranormal activity including “EVP” (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings where a “Jacob A.” or “Jacob M.” can twice be heard answering the investigator’s question by stating his name.

The investigators also detected electromagnetic signals that were interpreted as playful hide-and-seek activity by “Jacob” on the mill upper floor. Other incidents including the basement door closing and a several second interval of camera blackout were reported.

2010 – Student volunteer, Emily Higginson from the Collections Conservation & Management program at Sir Sandford Fleming in Peterborough

Part of the charm of a historic building is discovering its unique features. This Quaker Oats flour bag was perfectly painted on the glass in one of the original casement windows from the front of the mill.

After years of exposure to sunlight and build-up of dust, the fragile artwork needed careful cleaning to protect and restore some of the colour of the original art.

Tools used for cleaning: water, lots and lots of Q-Tips, a gentle touch and plenty of patience.

Visit the Martintown Mill to see this window on exhibit.

The Martintown Mill received a $30,000 grant for capital improvements to the mill. The project includes:

  • Installation of reproduction windows
  • Electrical including outlets and lighting
  • Repairs to the second story floor prior to opening
  • Moving and mounting artifacts
  • Display cases
  • Roof repairs

This project was completed in September 2008.

Learn more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation here

Double hung, 12 over 12 pine windows were installed on the south (river) side of the mile and casement windows on the north side. Remnants from the originals and photographs were used to recreate the original style.

Near collapse in 1985

By 1985, 135 years after its construction, the Martintown Mill was near collapse. Nearly 25% of its west wall was unsupported because of missing stonework. Plans were made to stabilize the mill structure. Footings and foundation walls were excavated, repaired and repointed. Missing limestones were replaced and a concrete barrier was installed to protect the mill’s river wall.

The concrete penstock had been built in about 1878. The penstock and flume were demolished and removed so that the stone walls and footing could be repaired