Almonte in Lanark County, Ontario — Central Canada
The Rosamonds in Almonte
In 1857 James Rosamond built this mill on the Mississippi River, thereby firmly establishing the woollen industry in Almonte. An Irish-born entrepreneur, Rosamond was previously a resident of nearby Carleton Place where, in 1846, he had built one of the first woollen factories in this part of Upper Canada (Ontario). In 1866 his sons, Bennett and William, then in control, expanded the firm by constructing another larger mill in Almonte, and in 1882 Bennett also founded the Almonte Knitting Company. The Rosamonds' alliance with Montréal financial interests contributed significantly to their success. By 1890 the Rosamond woollen concerns, at the height of their influence, employed over 500 People in Almonte, then reputedly the seat of the woollen trade in Canada.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Location. 45° 13.526′ N, 76° 11.873′ W. Marker is in Almonte, Ontario, in Lanark County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and Almonte Street (County Highway 16), on the right when traveling west on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Mill Street, Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mississippi River Improvement Company Former Almonte Post Office (about 210 meters away); The Founding of Almonte (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); "Auld Kirk" 1836 (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Dr. James Naismith (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Robert Tait McKenzie (approx. 4.9 kilometers away); The Mill of Kintail and Robert Tait McKenzie (approx. 4.9 kilometers away); Captain A. Roy Brown, D.S.C. (approx. 10.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Almonte.
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