Public Notice Regarding the Temporary Closure of The Hope Mill.

As part of its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Hope Mill is extending its closure until further notice.

Our priority is to protect and support our visitors, staff, volunteers and the general public. We are committed to doing our part in reducing the risk of spreading the virus. All visitor access to public spaces (picnic areas, riverfront) at The Hope Mill is CLOSED until further notice. This applies to ALL visitors, including recreational walkers and dog walkers.

While closed to the public, The Hope Mill may be periodically be staffed to ensure the continued care and protection of the building (keeping the social distancing rules in effect). Our Restoration Volunteers are also working from home on programming and craft making to engage you when we are able to re-open.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen to the advice of Peterborough Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In the meantime, we invite the public to connect with the Hope Mill through our social media on Facebook, Instagram and to check our website for further updates.

Until then please remember only to venture out for absolute necessities and when you do please keep at least 6 board feet away from each other! Take care and be well!


Circa 1835 William Lang and his wife Jane (Stewart) Lang built a carding and fulling mill on the Indian River, a mile north of the village of Lang. The sawmill in Lang burned in 1873 and shortly thereafter, William and his son-in-law Richard Hope added a saw house to their mill. By1892 the wool and carding business was discontinued and the Hope family provided much needed lumbering services to the community until 1966.

The original sawmill and wood-finishing equipment have been fully restored. In the upper floor of the building is a wood-working museum and archival records from the early wool and carding era.

Come and watch the heritage equipment cut and finish lumber just like it was done by our pioneer ancestors.