At the time a donation of $10,000 from Cornerstone Credit Union to the capital campaign announced. The donation was officially marked with a presentation this week (see photo).
“The Interpretive Station, consisting of both static and interactive educational and informative displays for all ages, will greet visitors as they enter the building,” details a brochure on the project. “It will not only show the development of milling wheat from the late 1800’s when the first York Colony mill was erected, but will also provide a much broader overview of all food production in our region and province.
As background the mill was originally built in 1998 by J.J. Smith which was shortly after York Colony relocated to the current site of the city, a move made to be on the new rail line.
The mill quickly became an economic and social centrepiece of the community.
For 80 years, until the mid-1980s, the mill operated, when it closed and fell into disrepair.
In 2012 the Heritage Society was launched with its first job to preserve and save the mill.