Barbie and Buddies put Brakes on the Blues

No winter blues for Barbie!  Celebrating her 63rd birthday next month, Barbie and her buddies are celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Millbrook Branch of Cavan-Monaghan Libraries, and while you can’t join them exactly – they are partying inside the Historical Society display cabinet – you can sure come and admire… Continue reading

The Installation of Historical Signage the Final Stage of the Millbrook Dam Rehabilitation Project

A formal presentation of the Interpretive signage installed beside the Needler’s Mill and adjacent to the Millbrook Dam took place on October 22nd. This installation is the final touch to the Millbrook Dam rehabilitation that was completed in 2019. The Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society contributed to the creation of… Continue reading

Don’t Miss Your Chance!

Just a reminder that the display of rare carpentry tools in the Historical Society cabinet at the Millbrook branch of the Cavan-Monaghan Library will soon be replaced. It is nearing the time when Peter and Anne Ramsay set to work on assembling a collection of vintage toys and Christmasy curios… Continue reading

Self-Guided Tour Brochure to be Released

Next week the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society will begin distributing copies of its latest publication, a self-guided tour of Heritage Millbrook.  Thanks to the support of local businesses, this full-colour guide will be offered free of charge.  It will be available both locally, at participating shops and businesses, and… Continue reading

Re:  Take a Hike – the Millbrook Valley Trails

I read with interest the feature on the Millbrook Valley Trails, of which I am a huge fan. We truly do have a wonderful outdoor resource here, skillfully developed and maintained by committed and energetic volunteers with support from the township and Otonabee Conservation.  As one of those who likes… Continue reading

Commemorative Plaques Coming to Needler’s Mill

There are plaques coming to adorn this post that has been installed beside the Mill, which will provide details about the history of the mill and pond.  Some of the details are outlined below. In 1820, John Deyell first financed the construction of a mill and dam at this location,… Continue reading

Pandemic Challenges for Historic Mount Pleasant Women’s Institute Hall

The members of the Mount Pleasant Women’s Institute (WI) are known for their hospitality.  They host a variety of social events in their hall located on County Rd. 10, including community dinners, pancake breakfasts, markets, music events and of course, their monthly meetings. The Women’s Institute organization has a rich… Continue reading

Historical Society – Going light and bright for March

Peter and Anne Ramsay, curators for the Historical Society’s display cabinet at the Millbrook Library, unearthed some of the tried and tested Fisher-Price sets from the period when Quaker Oats owned the Fisher-Price Company (1969-1991) and earlier.  These toys were manufactured in the USA and Canada.   The guiding principles for… Continue reading

Putting Names to Faces in the Waiting Room

In the December issue of the Millbrook Times, a photo donated to the Historical Society by Greg Ret was featured, with a call out to the community to identify the occasion and some of the faces.  Quick to respond to the challenge were Carol (Ridge) Donaldson and Gary Snelgrove.  Both… Continue reading