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Bennett Windmill, Foresters Falls
and Bromley twp.
Travel southwest from Cobden on County Road 8 towards
Eganville. The windmill can be seen from the highway 4km south of Cobden on the
East side of County Road 8.
Submitted by: Edna Peever
This is a Toronto windmill, a name brand which
was popular at the turn of the last century. It was used by my father, Joseph
Bennett on his farm at Foresters Falls. Windmills usually have only one
platform but a second one was added to this one by Mr. Malcolm Morrison of
Cobden to enable the windmill to catch more wind, as it was located at the
bottom of a hill. Due to the advent of electricity and electric pumps, its use
was discontinued. When the family farm in Foresters Falls was sold, my husband
and I moved the family heirloom to our home on the Cobden-Eganville Road, where
it still stands. This was accomplished by Mr. Ken Barr of the Barr Line with
the use of a crane and a flatbed truck.
This windmill has roots in both Whitewater and Bromley
regions. Its original location was on the former family farm of Joseph and
Margaret Bennett, Foresters Falls, ON. It is currently standing on the property
at 851 Cobden Road, Cobden, ON.
We are uncertain of the date it was built. Use was
discontinued when electricity became available to the Foresters Falls area.