From Webster’s Falls to Christie Lake, this walk will guide you through Crooks’ Hollow Conservation Area. It’s easiest to park at Greensville Optimist Park. If the gates are closed, there is parking at Webster’s Falls, Crooks’ Hollow and Christie Lake conservation areas (follow signs at Harvest Road and Brock Road 46).
Darnley Cascade is a 4 metre high washboard cascade. At a width of 22 metres, it can be seen year round.
James Crooks and Jonathan Morden United Empire Loyalist, built early mills on this section of Upper Spencer Creek above Webster’s Falls. Morden built the first sawmill and ran it as a family business until it was destroyed by fire in 1905.
Closer to Christie Lake Conservation Area, you will come across the Darnley Mill ruins. This mill, the nucleus of an early industrial settlement, was built by James Crooks in 1813 and used initially to grind flour for the British Army during the War of 1812. In 1868, it was bought and converted to a paper mill until it was gutted by fire in 1934.
Along the Way:
Historic 19th C workers’ houses
Mill ruins & interpretive signs
Remnant of Crooks’ Hollow dam and mill pond
Darnley Cascade and Grist Mill Ruins
Christie Flood Control dam and reservoir
East Greensville Falls
Christie Lake Conservation Area
Tip:Note the Ontario Heritage Plaque on the bridge downstream from the Darnley Cascade. Upper Canada’s (Ontario’s) first paper mill was built in 1827 in Crooks’ Hollow.
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