Thursday Doors – August 22, 2019

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Upper Canada Village Part 1 – Morrisburg, Ontario

A little over 2 hours drive southwest of Montreal along highway 401 will take you to the heritage park and tourist attraction known as Upper Canada Village.

Built between 1958 and 1961 using both replicas and original heritage buildings moved from other sites in eastern Ontario, Upper Canada Village gives visitors a firsthand look at what daily life was like in a small village along the St. Lawrence river in English Upper Canada around the mid-1800’s.

For grade-schoolers in western Quebec and eastern Ontario, pretty much everywhere between Montreal and Ottawa, it’s quite likely that it was also your first school field trip and your first introduction to the study of history.

For adults, it’s just a pretty cool place to visit to get a peek into what rural life was like before Canada was an independent country.

Water diverted into one of the mills.

A quick side note for anyone who’s wondering why it was called “Upper Canada”:

After the British finally wrested control of the colonies of New France from the French in the 1760’s, the colony of Quebec was split in two and renamed as the “Provinces of Canada” by the constitution act of 1791. Naming of the two was based on their position relative to the river.

Bytown would become Ottawa and York would become Toronto. Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and St. John’s Island which became Prince Edward Island, were at the time separate colonies)

Anything up-river, west of the Ottawa River, became “Upper Canada”, and anything down-river, eastward out to the gulf of St. Lawrence, became “Lower Canada”. Later these would become the foundations of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec respectively.

In today’s post we’ll look at the woolen mill and the flour mill.

#3 – Make a mistake? It’s gonna cost you…

Up in the woolen mill, machines pressed, stretched, twisted, and pulled the raw wool into thread that was later dyed and then woven into various materials for blankets and clothing.

The entire system was run on a series of shafts turned by belts and pulleys, all driven by the constant flow of water below the building.

Working conditions in the mill for the ladies were pretty strict when it came to modesty. Keep your hoops and crinolines at home you “comely young women”!

A door for dummies?

For obvious reasons I call this one the d’uh door 😉

Now let’s head on over to have a look at the flour mill.

Being even more essential to village life, the flour mill couldn’t afford to stop or slow down when the water level on the river dropped too low to drive the system. So a wood-burning steam system was incorporated as a back-up.

Wheat fed through a chute from the top floor fed down into horizontal stone wheels to be ground into increasingly fine flour.

Sacks of milled flour stacked and ready to be sold and used.

Stay tuned, next week when we’ll explore the rest of the village.

As always, thank you for looking 🙂

Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers? Then simply add the link to your Thursday Doors post in the comments section below.

Don’t forget that if you share your blog posts on social media, use the #ThursdayDoors hashtag to help others find you, and please do take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by others.

About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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79 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 22, 2019

  1. Helen Bushe says:

    This is a wonderful post. Ive so enjoyed it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cool pictures. The woolen mill did make a mistake with spelling on their first notice, I can imagine that hoop skirts would be a problem.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Great pictures, the door with the barrel and the half open red are my favourites.
    This is my contribution this week…

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  4. slfinnell says:

    Thank heaven the hoops went out a long time ago. lol
    My link:

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  5. Sherry Felix says:

    I like the one that proclaims itself “Door”

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  6. Love the photos of the mills and great-looking doors but these companies really knew how to motivate their employees (not)! I can picture the millennial generation of today facing those rules and regulations and dress codes with wide eyes opened!

    Here’s my last minute contribution for this week’s TD:

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  7. TCast says:

    Fantastic post Norm, especially the red barn beside the water. Here is mine

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Fabulous post, Norm!

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  9. joey says:

    Gosh, those are some great photos. Big red mill with the river and door with hats, especially. Subject matter Right Up My Alley! Love the rustic and real vibe of this place. We have a similar venue here, called Conner Prairie. It’s lovely, colonial village thing. I enjoy places like that! Thanks for sharing this one 🙂
    I did a doors post :O LOL

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  10. Good post full of information, interesting about Canada. Also, back in the day folks worked hard and at the same time lived simple

    Liked by 1 person

  11. JT Twissel says:

    Check out the alleyways of The Mission. I finally got out of the house!

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    Great shots of the woolen mill – life must have been rough been then (to use an understatement) I actually have some doors to share and hopefully will get my act together later today.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Hi Norm…this is Moon and I am here for the first time:)This is such a wonderful and informative post and the photos are lovely too. Here’s my contribution –

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Hello Moon and welcome to #ThursdayDoors 😀
      I went over and commented on your post but WordPress always sends my first comment on someone’s blog into spam. You may need to go into the comments section of your WP admin dashboard, fish me out of the spam folder and flag me as “not spam”.
      Hope you’ll join us again soon – cheers!

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  14. Prior... says:

    Such a wonderful history post – love the vibrant clarity in your photos too
    – and the “door” one is fun
    here is my link for this week

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  15. Junieper2 says:

    Am in awe how people to managed to run machines without electricity! Here they use the same source of energy as in the Netherlands: water! Smiling at the big letters where the door is – Guess people ran into closets, etc.?

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  16. Rowena says:

    Greetings for another week, Norm. Thanks so much for the details about Canadian history, which I knew nothing about. The Upper Canada Village is absolutely gorgeous and I loved too many of the details you photographed to mention.
    This week I’ve written more about trees than doors. I took a pretty nothing much photo of a reflection of a tree in a glass door and made a story out of it.
    Here’s the link:
    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Rowena. It’s fun when we can weave a little bit of history into a doors post. Over the last few years I’ve learned so much about so many places this way 🙂


  17. Labeling everything is such a nautical practice; probably keeps sailors busy when there’s nothing to do. Maybe the same principle was at work here.

    Here’s my door for this week:

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  18. This was such an interesting post, thanks Norm. I can see how one might come a cropper wearing a hoop, sensible rule that. In Ireland all of our mills are made of stone or brick, so it’s strange to see those timber built ones. Here’s my offering this week, thanks.

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  19. marianallen says:

    Love the little doors, and especially the DUH DOOR. Great hardware, too. My pics are wockerjawed and blurry this week, being another in my series of Driving Doors.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. seaangel4444 says:

    This is such a cool post, Norm! I noted the ‘no scuffling’ on one of the signs; hhhmmmmm, now I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds interesting! LOL Today’s post is a unique door that used to be a bank vault door! Thanks as always, Norm!

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  21. My favourite has to be the door that does exactly what it says on the label, but a very interesting post altogether, Norm. Guess what? More doors from Perigueux

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  22. roninjax says:

    Great tour Norm. I can imagine the challenges with clothing around the machinery. It’s good they had s dress code. Wonderful doors. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. tgeriatrix says:

    Interesting history!
    Here are my doors for the week:
    When I looked at the pictures I noticed the lady next to the door, so I used this one for my “one” post:

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  24. The only way “d’uh door” could be better if there was a sign that read, “For Norm.”

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  25. Ally Bean says:

    Rupert’s Territory? I don’t remember that from history class and I like it. The red door is, of course, my favorite photo because I always enjoy a red door.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      “Rupert’s Land” is the correct name, I believe. Yeah, pretty much half the continent was consigned by the crown to the Hudson’s Bay Company for fur trading. The company is still in business but they don’t sell furs any more 😉

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  26. Librarylady says:

    Hi Norm, I may have initially entered this in the wrong place, somehow got confused with the Montreal post. Anyway, I loved the flyer about Women’s Attire for work. Here’s my Thursday Doors post – Doors of Tangier

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Welcome and thanks for joining us. I swung by and commented on your post yesterday but WordPress always sends my first comment on someone’s blog into spam. You may need to go into the comments section of your WP admin dashboard, fish me out of the spam folder and flag me as “not spam”.
      Hope you’ll join us again soon 🙂


  27. I’d love to see this is person, Norm, but since I can’t, thanks very much for the (partial) tour. Fascinating stuff and a reminder of how difficult and sometimes dangerous work in those days could be. I like the handle on that red door and the “DOOR” door. 🙂 Those doors were sturdy workaday doors but had a simple beauty.

    I have another trio of doors from Philadelphia, but not the usual ones:

    Happy Thursday and thanks for hosting.


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  28. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Upper Canada Village. Thanks for the tour again!!
    … and thanks for the history lesson. As sad as it sounds, I didn’t know why Upper and Lower Canada were named such!!!

    Sometimes I find the signs from those early days more interesting than the displays and buildings. They provide flavour and colour to the attitudes and practices of the day. I too smiled at the comment about the ‘present ugly fashion …”. I can only imagine what they would think of the world today!

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    I love visiting places like this, Norm. I can well imagine the tour and your imagination bringing everything to life. We certainly couldn’t get away with posting those working conditions today, although the notion that one should be at their station, ready to work at the start of the day is something many people don’t seem to understand. I’m glad you included a photo of the belts, wheels and shafts. I am always impressed with the ability these people had to transfer that water power around an entire mill. I also enjoyed seeing the various machines.

    My contribution is – Thanks again for supporting this feature.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. Yeah working conditions have changed a lot for the better but as you say some folks are sadly unclear on the concept of giving there employer ALL of the time that they’re paying them for 😉
      I can say that you name came up a few times while we were touring this place. Sadly I didn’t get any usable shots from inside the saw mill because of how horrible dark it was in there. I said to my wife while watching the saw blade slicing up a 60 ft tree into slabs, “Dan would like this”.

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  30. A real slice of history in these doors and other pictures, Norm. Good show. My trip to Albania in June continues:

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  31. Sheree says:

    Fab photos and doors Norm

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  32. Terrific doors and a history lesson – two for one. The map was very interesting, and the working conditions that our ancestors endured is hard to comprehend compared to today’s environment where some companies go to extremes to keep good employees. The last time I was at our local hospital, I sat in the lobby at a plush Starbucks and enjoyed a latte while their employees enjoyed the same all around me. It’s nice to remember from where we came.

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  33. scooj says:

    An absolutely first class post. I want to visit this place, I love those old wooden buildings and museums that show you how things used to be. The door marked DOOR was made for Thursday doors surely?. My doors this week are from Cornwall:

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  34. Fascinating place, history and photos. And doors, of course. I giggled at “present ugly fashion”. 😀

    Here is my selection from past Thursday Doors on this blog, since it appears I have filled this one as well and need to start a new one again, my fifth:

    Liked by 1 person

  35. willowdot21 says:

    Great photos, such an interesting post.💜

    Liked by 1 person

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