German Mills; the Site


This Monument stands on the south side of John Street and Chestnut Gate. Click here for Map. The Plaque reads:

GERMAN MILLS

THIS MONUMENT COMMEMORATES GERMAN MILLS ESTABLISHED IN 1794 BY WILLIAM BERCZY AND HIS GERMAN PIONEERS

THE GERMAN MILLS SITE IS SITUATED IN THE VALLEY WHERE MARKHAM'S FIRST INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX WAS DEVELOPED. THE WORK OF WILLIAM MOLL BERCZY AND THE GERMAN PIONEERS IN THE CREATION OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLEMENTS OF MARKHAM AND METROPOLITAN TORONTO NOT ONLY STANDS AS AN EVOCATIVE REMEMBRANCE OF THE MULTICULTURAL ORIGINS OF OUR COUNTRY BUT ALSO CONTAINS A SIGNIFICANT GUIDING PRINCIPLE FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS: TOLERANCE, COOPERATION AND RESPECT AMONG CANADIANS OF ALL CULTURAL ORIGINS.

THE TOWN OF MARKHAM





The black & white photo on the right shows some remains protruding from the riverbank photographed in 1950, the colour photo below is from today, taken by myself. It took me a while to find it. I have explored this area extensively in order to recreate the Hamlet to what it might have looked like. In doing so, I came across several other wooden beams embeded in the riverbanks. An exhilarating experience. Maybe you too would like to explore this area.

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