Welcome to the Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society website
The Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society Inc. was formed in early 2012 by individuals interested in encouraging the preservation of the oldest surviving brick flour mill in Saskatchewan.
Constructed in 1898 by John J. Smith to support the new settlement's agricultural base, the mill was reinvented a number of times by changing ownership and needs until falling into disuse in the late 1980s.
This heritage site is being developed by and for those who believe that history need not exist only in photographs and books.
The Society holds several fundraising events each year, and solicits donations and grants from various sources to pay for the restoration of the original mill, the improvement of the grounds, and future expansion.
In early 2020 the Society developed a three-year strategic plan setting out its mission, vision, values, and six strategic priorities with goals and objectives for each.
The Society invites anyone interested in its work to become a member, or become a Friend of the Mill by making a donation. A charitable receipt will be issued by the City of Yorkton for donations.
The Brick Mill Society has received a $20,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. The matching grant will be used for the following repairs:
The contract to complete the work has been awarded to Logan Stevens Construction.
The mill site will feature a new display this summer showing the historic development of wheat over the years.
The display will include ancient grains grown 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, wheat that was grown in Europe in the middle ages, up to the grains that were grown from the 1880s to the 1950s, including Red Fife, Thatcher and Canthatch.
For the complete story, see this article in Yorkton This Week.
Photo above: Getting the wheat display ready.
Linton Potzus of Potzus Construction donated and delivered 10 truckloads of top soil, and Vern Brown spent the good part of a day levelling it to get it ready for the continuing landscaping of the site.
On the August long weekend Ken Watridge cultivated the area to get it ready for the grass seed which will go in the ground in late August, and Gedo's Lawn Service took care of the weeds along the rail tracks and area south of the mill.
Volunteers are also watering the trees every three days. Want to assist with that? Drop us a note.