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Barber Paper Mill- Georgetown

Halton Hills, Ontario

Location Owner sir2nv
Creation Date Apr 06 2009
Status Being Demolished
Category Mill/Foundry
Location Halton Hills, Ontario
Site number #603

In 1823 a descendant of the United Empire Loyalists by the name of George Kennedy purchased 200 acres of land upon. Mr. Kennedy constructed a woolen mill along the banks of the Credit River. A small settlement formed around the mill that took on the name of Hungry Hollow. The name was in reference to the difficult times that the settlers faced. The land was scarcely cleared, roads were poor and the area full of hungry wolves. For the first few years only two other people lived in Hungry Hollow: Marquis Goodenow and Sylvester Garrison In the nearby settlement of Crook's Hollow lived a man named Joseph Barber and his family. The Barber family immigrated to Canada in 1822 where Joseph found work as a stonemason working for James Crooks. The Barber sons gained experience working in nearby paper mills. The youngest and the eldest of the brothers worked in the woolen factory. The second worked in the paper-making business. The third worked in the mill-wright business. In 1837, six years after the death of their father Joseph, the four Barber sons (Joseph, Robert, William, and James) left Crook's Hollow and moved to Hungry Hollow. Relying upon their mill experience, the four brothers purchased a portion of George Kennedy's land and built a mill and metal foundry located south of Kennedy's mill. By 1840 Hungry Hollow had grown to include John Sumpter's general store and Elijah Travis' planing mill. By 1842 there were two Inns, a tailor, shoemaker, carpenter and blacksmith. In 1844 a second general store opened operated by James Young. Philo Dayfoot opened a tannery and boot factory during that same year. In 1843 the Barber mill had become successful enough that the brothers opened a second mill in the settlement of Streetsville. Around 1853 the Barber brothers consolidated their two woolen mills in Georgetown due to failing water power. The new larger facility became known as Toronto Woolen Mills. At it's prime, the paper mill produced over 5000 pounds of paper for books and newspapers per day. A fire in 1861 completely destroyed the Streetsville woolen mill and during that same year a boiler exploded in the paper mill at a loss of $8000. By 1864 the population of Hungry Hollow had grown to approximately 1250 people. In 1869 the Barber Brothers operation was dissolved. Joseph retired, Robert and William took over the Streetsville woolen mill and James took over sole operation of the Georgetown paper mill. Upon James' death in 1880, his son John Roaf Barber took over the mill and changed the production to wood pulp. The wood pulp was used for a specialty newspaper known as Number 3, which sold for 5 cents per pound. By the 1880's the Georgetown mill was requiring increased power to operate. To harness the power of the river a water dam was constructed with a twenty-four foot fall that was able to provide 175 horse power. John Roaf Barber hired the Brush Electric Company to create a 100-horsepower electric generator and a 60-horsepower DC motor. The generators were placed in the power house located 2.4 km downstream from the mill. Hydro electric power was transferred back to the mill by copper wire. This was the first mill of it's kind in Canada to generate electrical power for industrial production. John Roaf continued operating the Barber Paper Mill under 1911 when he retired and sold the mill to the Provincial Paper Company who had mills in Thorold, Milleroches, and Port Arthur. Provincial Paper was progressively shut down beginning on November 15, 1948 due to weakened financial markets. Production would eventually resume. The Provincial Paper Company continued to operate until March 31st, 1991 when it was closed permanently. Today the property is owned by Victor Boutin of Everlast Restoration. Mr. Boutin's plan is to convert the property into a country inn, fine-dining restaurant, and art studio. A 14 storey condominium is also to be built on the site. As of 2010 the developers had submitted their plans to the Town of Halton Hills. Some Southern Ontario paranormal investigators believe the site to be haunted by the ghost of Robert Barber. Writeup by OAP. Black & White photo source: Esquesing Historical Society FUTURE PLANS: (Added April 6th 2014 by Kenndruuh) The property is now owned by a company called Everlast Restoration. Their plan was submitted to the town of Halton Hills in 2010. They want to convert the property into a country inn, a fine-dining restaurant, and an art studio. A 14 story condominium is also to be built on the site.

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avatar of Evman
Evman Well that's weird. They seem to be pretty confident that they're going to build this nice little condo community thingy there.
Apr 25 2013
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SuperSonic this place cannot be redeveloped because it's in the flood plain of the creek. It's the same for the German Mill. these places were built because of the it's the water preventing them from being redeveloped.
Apr 14 2013
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Unknown User I don't think the locals mind as long as you don't look sketchy. I had my camera with me when I went in and the neighbours across the street saw me (as did a couple of cars driving by) and no one said anything to me or yelled at me to get out, etc. I stayed in there for a couple of hrs quietly snapping pictures and left the same way I came in.
Mar 22 2013
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trailblazer519 I think town council only boards it up because they feel its too dangerous of a place to go. If you get caught here i don't think anything major will happen, unless there's new signs there saying otherwise. Or if your carrying a bunch of spray paint because the local police are trying to crack down on all the graffiti in that town. They are catching people in other areas.
Feb 21 2013
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trailblazer519 Development companies want to tear this down and build a hotel or something here but i think the town council always votes against it and want to either restore it or reinforce it for structural integrity and have it deemed a historical site like the ruins in Rockwood park.
Feb 21 2013
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SuperSonic went past this weekend (Feb 2, 2013) and the place has been boarded up. I didn't see any opens when I went by, but given the effort put into sealing it up...they probably did all POEs.
Feb 03 2013
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Kenndruuh By far one of the coolest places I've visited. Usually I'm not a huge fan of graffiti but I loved all of it here! There was so much to look at and so many different areas to explore. However, I was attacked by massive geese so just be careful when going here. There's a hole in the fence which made access easy
Oct 13 2012
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No Access i just fixed the map
Apr 02 2012
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Derelict Compositions @Oldman66... 43.661139,-79.907867
Feb 09 2012
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oldmann66 ok what is the address to this place the map shows a persons house what is up with that???
Feb 09 2012
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don I passed by here about 3 years ago, but never remembered where they were, so I never got a chance to go back, lol
Feb 08 2012
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riddimryder Strange...this is the most whored out location yet nobody has pictures of the power plant ruins.
Feb 08 2012
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bigpaulsmall There's huge spotlights at night, bring a tripod and some imagination and you can get ghostlike pictures. I use a 30 second time exposure with the flash. The flash lights up the subject (Me) and the time exposure washes the scene out so you become "see through".
Jan 26 2012
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Derelict Compositions Hmm the night pics look pretty cool. Might have to do that some time.
Jan 12 2012
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that-girl we went to this place at night with flashlights as there are many holes in the ground that you need to be aware of!
Jan 02 2012