Join us May 5th, 2018 as we walk the village to meet some of the “spirits” from the past in our first ever Spirt Walk. Tickets & more info here.
The Eden Mills and District Community Club Inc., is the cornerstone of village activities. The club is committed to keeping Eden Mills and the surrounding area a true neighbourhood, rather than a bedroom community where neighbours are strangers. The club is a catalyst for a rich variety of social activities for all ages, ranging from fitness to life drawing classes, film presentations, table tennis to TripTeases.
The club’s greatest asset and responsibility is the operation of the Eden Mills Community Hall. Built in 1916, the Hall is in the centre of the village, adjacent to the Millpond. The two-story brick building faces south. A large public space, lit by tall windows, has a capacity of 120 and is fitted with a simple stage and food-service area. A small lounge and meeting room are also in use, as well as a small kitchen.
Volunteers and club members ($15/family/year) have kept the budget balanced year-after-year with rentals and fund-raisers. Among their many achievements was the funding and installation of an elevator in 2002, supported in part by the Trillium Foundation and providing full accessibility for those who are physically disabled.
Members benefit by accessing on-going events for free or for a small fee and reduced rates for hall rentals with no requirement for additional insurance (join now!).
Fund-raising has been a fine excuse for concerts, garage sales and an annual Green Christmas Fair. The club hosts a Hallowe’en party and End of School party at the Hall. Weddings and family gatherings top the rental list. Local churches and other non-profit organizations rent the Hall at friendly rates. The Hall is the hub for the village and a destination for the people of the region.
Eden Mills is special not only in its natural setting, but also in its long tradition of philanthropy, volunteerism and community spirit exemplified in projects which enhance the heart of village life. Over the years the community has worked together to create a ball park, a children’s play area and the well-known Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. It also maintains a Millpond and a Community Hall which the villagers use to run a full roster of activities through its Community Club. Most recently, it has set itself the remarkable goal of “Going Carbon Neutral.”
Eden Mills is an attractive Ontario Village nestled in the pastoral Eramosa River Valley. This village of about 350 people resides near the centre of Southern Ontario, close to the university city of Guelph. Eden Mills is special not only in its natural setting, but also in its long tradition of philanthropy, volunteerism, and community spirit exemplified in projects which enhance the heart of village life. Over the years the community has worked together to create a ball park, a children’s play area, and the well-known Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. It also maintains a Millpond and a Community Hall which the villagers use to run a full roster of activities through its Community Club. Most recently, it has set itself the remarkable goal of “Going Carbon Neutral”.
The village was founded in 1842 with the construction of the first of three mills. The mills owed their existence to the water power generated by the Eramosa River, which splits into two branches at the village then flows on to join the Speed River in Guelph, and finally to the Grand, the great Canadian Heritage River.
During the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century Eden Mills grew into an important centre of commerce. In addition to its three mills, it boasted an imposing three-storey general store, a hotel (both still standing), post office, smithy, electric railway station, gas station and coffee shop. The passing of the importance of rivers for power led in turn to a by-passing of the village. The fortunate result is that much of its historical character and natural setting remain intact. Sixth generation families still mingle with newer arrivals, passing on the local lore and traditions.