Old Stone Mill NHS - The Delta Mill Society


The Delta Mill Society - logo design by Dan MoranThe Old Stone Mill National Historic Site and the Old Town Hall are owned and operated by the non-profit organization, The Delta Mill Society. We are a self-funded, volunteer based organization whose operational funding comes from memberships, donations, sales from our gift shop and various fundraising activities. Our fundraising pays for the annual costs of the buildings (maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc.), exhibits, and some summer student staffing. Although a National Historic Site of Canada, there is no government funding that comes with that designation, it is up to the Delta Mill Society to maintain the buildings and keep them open to the public.

The photo below is a visual representation of what our funding efforts have accomplished so far on the mill structure (the changes on the inside of the mill are even more dramatic - you'll have to come for a visit to appreciate that).

There is a long list of people and organizations that have helped along the way. A full list of names of donors and supporting organizations can be viewed on the donor board inside the mill. This page will briefly review those that have helped us.


2011 Volunteer Awards
2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
(Steve Clark MPP on left), l to r = Anna Greenhorn (40 years), Art Shaw (25 years) and Mary Freiday (15 years)
We are a 100% volunteer organization (we have no funding that would allow us to have core staff), and it is the strength of these volunteers, primarily the active (working) board of directors of the Delta Mill Society, that makes things happen. We also have a group of enthusiastic helper volunteers, in 2010, for the 200th anniversary of the mill, a total of 77 volunteers worked throughout the year on various activities - planning and managing the year-long celebration, giving people tours of the mill, helping out at the various 200th anniversary activities, helping set up exhibits and much more.

It is these volunteers, who put in thousands of hours of their own time, year after year, that keeps the Old Stone Mill maintained and open to the public.

A big thanks goes out to all our dedicated volunteers!!

CLICK HERE for information about volunteering


Up until 2013 we did have some staff. These were hired as part of grant programs, originally to oversee the restoration work and then to create professional interpretation (signage and programs). The Delta Mill Society was extremely fortunate in being able to obtain the professional services of Paul George as our curator for many years. Paul supervised the restoration of the mill, the development of interpretive signage and the purchase and installation of operating machinery (mill stones, water wheel, bolter, etc.). The mill wouldn't be what it is today without Paul. We also had the wonderful work and enthusiasm of Natalie Wood as our Assistant Curator until 2012. In 2013, the last year we were able to secure staff funding, we were fortunate to have local Delta resident Joanne van Dreumel taking over after Natalie left.

Since 2013 we've operated without staff except for partial-grant supported summer students.


The Delta Mill Society has been extremely fortunate to have the financial support from generous donors over many years. The contribution of donors, both big and small, has been a significant factor in taking the mill from a dilapidated building in 1972, to a physically restored structure and now a mill that can grind flour as it did 200 years ago.

We have had so many donors over the years, that in 2010, we set up an electronic donor board in the mill to properly present all their names. That board now shows 205 individual donors, 39 business and organization donors and 104 donations made in remembrance of loved ones. It is donations that provide the year to year core funding of the Delta Mill Society. We thank them all!


While our fundraising from memberships, donations, gift shop sales and various fundraising activities supplies much of our core funding - when it comes to large projects, such as the physical restoration of the mill (1998-2003), the installation of operating equipment (waterwheel, millstones, etc.), the development of high quality exhibits and the hiring of professional staff - additional financing in the form of government grants is required.

National Historic Sites that are not owned by the federal government (Parks Canada) are on their own when it comes to maintaining the site and keeping it open to the public. Buildings and land are the purview of municipalities, so it depends on where the site is located with regard to the amount of municipal grant funding that is provided. Unfortunately Delta is located in a poor township that doesn't provide much funding to local heritage venues such as the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site. The Delta Mill Society receives a municipal grant (at the yearly discretion of council) that just barely covers our insurance costs for our heritage buildings. This is unlike most other municipalities (i.e. Westport, Gananoque, Brockville, etc.) that provide grants that cover at least minimal staffing. This creates a constant challenge for the Delta Mill Society in order to keep the buildings maintained and open to the public.

The Ontario Trillium Fund has provided generous grants both to help with the large (1999-2003) restoration of the old mill and also our 200th anniversary celebrations in 2010 (exhibits and events). Parks Canada has provided grants and technical expertise to help us with the restoration of the building and has been very supportive of our work to bring the Old Stone Mill back to full glory. The Township of Rideau Lakes has been supportive of our heritage efforts, both through grants and in-kind contributions. Grants from HRDCS (Canada Summer Jobs) and Young Canada Works have help us with summer student staffing.

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And, with help of our volunteers, members, donors, staff, and government heritage support programs, we plan to keep this 200 year-old mill open for at least another 200 years!!

If you would like to help us continue our work, please consider taking out a membership and/or making a donation (a charitable tax receipt will be issued for donations) and/or volunteering to help us (see our contact information below).

The Delta Mill Society   The Delta Mill Society
Box 172, Delta, Ontario K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2584 (office)
Email: info@deltamill.org
The Delta Mill Society

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