Hope Mill

Hope Mill

Historic Mill

KEENE, ONTARIO

The mission of the Hope Mill is to preserve and promote knowledge of 19th century water-powered wool and lumber milling technology through the safe demonstration of operating heritage equipment and sharing of historical archives while fostering a cooperative environment for Hope Mill volunteers.

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. By 1892 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.

Mill News and events

Hope Mill wins Heritage Award

Hope Mill wins Heritage Award Hope Mill was awarded the 2020 Heritage Preservation Award for promoting heritage and preserving the history of Peterborough County. This…

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News about the 2022 Season

News about the 2022 Season An update for the upcoming season. The Mill opened Tuesday, April 12 in warm, sunny spring weather. There were a…

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Woman’s Woodworking Course
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Make charcuterie board at the Mill with guidance from our volunteers. All materials to make a charcuterie board no previous experience in woodworking necessary. Safety procedures will be demonstrated  as well as an overview of this 1830’s water powered mill. Bring a lunch and water. Classes are $75 and you will take ho , ...
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SOLD OUT Woman’s Woodworking Course
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Make charcuterie board at the Mill with guidance from our volunteers. All materials to make a charcuterie board no previous experience in woodworking necessary. Safety procedures will be demonstrated  as well as an overview of this 1830’s water powered mill. Bring a lunch and water. Classes are $75 and you will take ho , ...
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