I went for a trail run in Ingersoll the other day and I came across this. I wasn’t sure what it was at first glance so I decided to take a closer look.
I’ve come across some old cement foundations in quite a few of my trail runs, but I usually don’t stop to explore them, for some reason I felt compelled to this time.
I knew that this structure was at the edge of a river right where it met this pond and that gave me my first hint of what these ruins were.
I could see a couple remnants of what must have been walls at some point in history
I’m not exactly sure what this contraption is but it made me think that this structure must have been an old mill of some sort. My class had been studying earlier settlers and I thought it would be a great idea to snap a few pictures to see if they could identify this.
It’s interesting to come across a historical ruin such as this one, right here in South Western, Ontario. And thanks to the magic of the Internet, I was quickly able to identify it and share with you this image of the entire building back in its heyday.
This is a picture of the Waterhouse Woolen Mill as it used to look in the late 1800s. The Oxford County Library has a historical photo page that gives some further information about it, “Formerly located on the north side of Charles Street, 1 east of Mutual Street at the narrows of Carroll’s Mill Pond. Courtesy of Mr. George Wood.”