Welcome to O'Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area
Enjoy a wonderful experience while exploring the 85 acre Conservation Area which includes pioneer buildings, beautiful gardens, nature trails, sheltered picnic areas and a lovely mill pond with its new dam and covered bridge.
Five of the original 11 pioneer buildings occupy the site along with additional buildings to represent the lifestyle of the past. These buildings have been restored by dedicated craftsmen and volunteers for the enjoyment of everyone and particularly for those who value the importance of preserving our heritage.
There's nothing quite like it........anywhere in Ontario!!
Enjoying the winter trails
As cold and snowy as it has been, the trails are still a beautiful place to explore.
Due to the deep snow pack, and more to come, we are expecting large volumes of water in Deer Creek in the months of February and March. This includes areas north of the mill pond and also below the dam to the service entrance bridge. We ask that you exercise extra caution when anywhere near this fast flowing water, especially where children are concerned.
As always, enjoy the trails, use them at your own risk......and be safe.
Trail maps are usually available outside the Visitor Centre or can be downloaded or printed from
the "Gardens and Trails" page at the left
Deer Creek Trail meanders along the east bank of Deer Creek from the Lois Wishart log crossing (removed for the winter so use alternative routes) and north to the stepping stone crossing on the McEathron Trail.
It's maple syrup time!! This is how the O'Haras did it in late 1800. There is a finishing pan in the shed, probably just north of today's Visitor Centre. Note the lack of snow that year!!
Winter logging at O'Hara Mill - 1950. H.E. Smith logging from Thomasburg.
Hand hewing logs at O'Hara's for the 1950's saw mill restoration.
O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area