Goldie Family and the Village of Greenfield, The - Ontario Heritage Trust

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Goldie Family and the Village of Greenfield, The

From 1817 to 1819, Scottish botanist John Goldie (1793-1886) visited Canada and the northern U.S. to collect plant specimens. He returned with his family in 1844 to settle here on a farm they named "Greenfield". By 1850 the Goldies were operating a grist and oatmeal mill. In 1865 they opened a larger mill to refine local wheat for international markets. Many features of the village that grew up around it are evident today. In addition to the mill, the mill pond, dam, sluice gates and mill race can still be seen. Along this road stand former Goldie family homes and a row of "salt box" cottages that were built in the 1860s for mill workers and their families.

Location

On Greenfield Road or North Dumfries Township Road 3, west off Regional Road 50 in the former village of Greenfield, near Ayr

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Municipality: Township of North Dumfries

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