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Near Vineland in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Ball's Grist-Mill

 
 
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
1. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
Inscription. By 1809 John and George Ball had constructed a four-storey grist-mill here on Twenty Mile Creek. Equipped with two run of stones, the mill provided flour for British Troops during the War of 1812. It was expanded during the 1840's and by the end of the decade was part of a complex which included sawmills and woollen factories. About that time George Peter Mann Ball laid out a village plot named Glen Elgin. His plans for an industrial community were thwarted, however, when the Great Western Railway by-passed the site in the early fifties. By 1900 the industries had declined and the grist-mill had been partially dismantled. Closed in 1910, the mill was acquired from the Ball family in 1962 by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
 
Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation.
 
Location. 43° 8.006′ N, 79° 22.996′ W. Marker is near Vineland, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on 6th Avenue (County Route 24) east of Victoria Avenue. Click for map. At the Mill in Ball's Falls Conservation Area, Regional Rd. 24, just south of Vineland. Marker is in this post office area: Vineland, Ontario L0R, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
2. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View, looking north, of the historic marker located along the roadway leading back to the mill.
. Ridley College (approx. 10.8 kilometers away); DeCou House Monument (approx. 11.2 kilometers away); Louis Shickluna 1808-1880 (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Lance Corporal Fred Fisher, V.C. (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Niagara District United Empire Loyalists Memorial (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); In Memorium Reqviescant in Pace (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); Anglican Church, St. Catharines (approx. 11.4 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. In his book, "Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812," Gilbert Collins states, "Grist mills became targets for enemy raids during the war, since they provided flour for the British army. Fortunately Ball's Mill was one of the few to survive, and is a four-storey structure that was built by John and George Ball in 1809. Today the mill can be seen in the Ball's Fall's Conservation area, located on Regional Road 24 near, Vineland, Ontario." (page 130)
 
Regarding Ball's Grist-Mill. My impression was that it wasn't going to be easy for the casual visitor/historian to park their vehicle and do a quick visit of this historic marker site, and to visit and photograph the related buildings. Since I had a number of additional sites
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
3. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View from in front of the historic marker (not seen in picture) looking east along 6th Avenue, with a view of what is perhaps the miller's house.
to visit and a limited amount of time to do it, I decided not to pull into the parking lot and to pay the admittance fee. You may or may not choose to do so, but I share this with you because I was unaware of the admission requirements when I made my decision to visit this site.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
4. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View of what is perhaps the miller's residence, with a view of the historic marker just beyond the residence, in the extreme left of the picture.
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
5. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View of some of the additional structures that are part of the Ball's Fall's Conservation area.
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
6. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View from the street, seen off in the distance, beyond the church structure, of the Ball's Grist-Mill.
Ball's Grist-Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
7. Ball's Grist-Mill Marker
View of the authorized vehicle entrance to the Ball's Fall's Conservation area. Note the no parking sign in the foreground. Both sides of the street, along the Ball's Fall's Consevation area, are lined with no parking signs and portable concrete curbs to eliminate parking along the street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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