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Millbridge (ghost town)

Ontario : Hastings Colonization Road
Location #1816

Location Owner:OAP
Creation Date: 7/29/2010
Last Updated: 3/31/2019

Millbridge (originally named "The Jordan") began as a small community along the Hastings Colonization Road. It's location next to the Jordan River made it ideal for a mill operations town. It all began when a pioneer named Captain Ralph Norman constructed a trading post and mill nearby a bridge.

Millbridge grew to include three hotels, a store, grist and saw mills, schoolhouse, St. Oswald's Anglican Church, and a community hall.

One of the hotels was given the nickname of "Cupids" for it was here that young girls were often picked up by young men. (Brown, Ron. 1997. Ghost Towns of Ontario. V1)

As with many of the towns along the colonization road, the farmers fled the land once the trees had been cleared and the difficulty of the farmland fully realized. By 1925 the area was almost completely abandoned.

Millbridge Station

Five kilometres to the east of Millbridge stood Millbridge Station. The station was a small village built
around 1900 to accomodate the Central Ontario Railway (COR). The village contained a station, store and workers cabins. The village also contained the magnificant red brick Hogan's Hotel. The hotel was built in 1862. Today visitors can only visualize a time when visitors departing the train would stay overnight at the hotel.

Dennis Hogan opened the first post office (most likely from his hotel) and continued to operate it up until his death in 1908. The post office would be reopened in 1925 by Miss Ella Hogan until 1940. The village was eventually named Hogan.

Today the hotel is a private residence. Foundations from the station can still be found.

Directions: Take Hwy. 62 north from Madoc about 21 km to the Millbridge Road and turn west. Millbridge Station is on the other side of highway 62 about 2km east on the Stoney Settlement Road.

Heading north up the old Hastings Road from Millbridge you will drive through 5 other ghost towns before the road reaches Hwy 62 again. These are (from south to north): Glanmire, Murphy Corners, Thanet, Ormsby and Umfraville. All of them have write-ups and photos under "Hastings Colonization Road".

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scubastevee says:
8/31/2018 3:47:38 PM

And, a bit more info about Stoney Settlement. My Great Great Grandfather and mother are buried in the cemetery ... he was from Switzerland and his wife from England. Photos have been attached. Until sometime in the '90s, the church still stood ... now I can't even see the foundation.

scubastevee says:
8/31/2018 3:22:44 PM

Hi, a bit more information. My Great Grandmother and Grandmother were both born at the, still standing and occupied, log cabin in Stoney Settlement. My great uncle sold the log cabin to friends of the family back in the 70s. I have returned there but each time no one is home.

Eventually, my great Grandmother mother moved to Millbridge. The Millbridge home was a small farm that had 1 cow. As kids, we went their and the general store was open!

snowhyte says:
5/28/2013 10:04:39 PM

the Hogans Hotel is my aunts place..she has taken very good care of it over the years.

clay70 says:
3/30/2012 4:34:48 PM

nice--any photos of the old church?

Mydea says:
3/28/2012 6:53:13 PM

Nice work on providing a detailed history on the local! Nice to learn a thing or to about our heritage from time to time :)

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