Wile Carding Mill Museum
Wile Carding Mill Museum
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Ken B
North Bay, Canada3 contributions
My wife and I visited this old, water powered carding mill in mid-August of 2019. As we entered another couple left. This meant we were the only visitors in the small mill. To our surprise and delight we were given an almost one hour informative and enjoyable guided tour by a very knowledgeable guide. As we left another couple were just entering. What a shame to see so few people during the height of the tourist season and from what our guide told us this was not unusual.

The mill itself was in continuous operation from 1860 intil 1968. All of the original machinery is still in the mill. The entire milling operation is explained in detail including prices per pound (to the customer) for various operation and an explanation as to why a 12 hour trip in the 1800's was a worthwhile investment to have one's wool carded. One of the interesting things about this mill was that customers were guaranteed that the raw wool that they brought in would be the carded wool they received back - not mixed with somebody else's which was usually the case.

Take the time - an hour or so to be pleasantly surprised.
Written 6 November 2019
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal21,171 contributions
Family
As we stayed in Bridgewater, we took the children for a visit to the “Wile Carding Mill Museum”.
The mill is a bit on the outside of the city of Bridgewater.
They speak about the mill already from the year 1860, and until the year 1968 this water-powered mill made the work from the farm families by carding a week´s work of wool in only one hour!
The mill should have being open on the day of our visit as it is mentioned on their leaflet, but unfortunately we were there and standing before a closed mill, So we do have only outside pictures of it,
Written 14 July 2019
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DJS
Plaster Rock, Canada58 contributions
Couples
Kids will probably enjoy the visit to this museum. We had a quick visit here. All the people dressed up in authentic outfits and showed how things worked back in the day. Interesting.
Written 4 June 2019
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Elizabeth C
London, UK6 contributions
Couples
We just though we would "quickly pop in" to this little museum and have a look - but wow, we ended up staying much longer and were we ever impressed! We had a wonderful tour by Linda (ably assisted by Karen), and we learnt so much about wool carding (including what it is!) and also some interesting history about the local area. They also had two people sitting by the pond spinning on wheels, which was great to see! We got to touch the wool at different stages of the carding process, as well as card some wool ourselves, then spin it by hand, and take it home!

The people at the museum are clearly so passionate about it, which is what makes this a true five-star attraction. Although there's just one room upstairs and one downstairs, so much of interest is within just those two rooms! Highly, highly recommended!
Written 6 July 2018
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peter o
Bridgewater, Canada8 contributions
Couples
take a walk into Bridgewater's industrial past when machines eased the burden of domestic work...witness machinery that made wool easier to turn into clothing...done by women.
Written 24 June 2018
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6491
Ontario177 contributions
Couples
A little gem that allows you to experience the life of our fore fathers. Remarkable that it's been preserved. Excellent staff who really know their history. So glad to have experienced it.
Written 11 October 2017
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Sandy
Ottawa, Canada24 contributions
Solo
My wife and I enjoyed our visit and experience with our bygone history.We would even consider a return visit
Written 27 September 2017
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Lee B
Alberta, Canada188 contributions
You may not think that a couple of girls aged 4 and 7 would list this as their favourite part of their day but ours couldn't stop talking about the mill following their guided tour.
To say the ladies working their were great would be an understatement. They showed the girls how to card and did a tour for them while the kids were dressed in costume. They loved it. Our oldest asked some thoughtful questions about the process as well.

Our youngest was amazed by the water wheel and at the end of the tour they each got a kit to make a sheep magnet as well as the wool they helped make into yarn.

It was great for them to be this engaged with learning about the past. If all Nova Scotian museums were this welcoming they would be can't miss. Take the time to stop in if you are in the Bridgewater or Lunnenburg areas.
Written 8 July 2017
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Whiskerskip
London, Canada108 contributions
Couples
I e-mailed the museum before we left on our trip and found that they were closed around Sept 15. Very disappointing since many people still travel in September to the eat coast. It looked interesting but cannot really review.
Written 2 October 2016
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Nancy S
Scottsdale, AZ113 contributions
Couples
Our tour guide did a fabulous job of explaining the mill and giving us anecdotes. We started off planning to stay 15 minutes and probably stayed 45. Very informative and entertaining! We also got to try our hand at carding and spinning (and could have tried rug hooking). The next day we toured the Barrington Woolen Mill Museum and were very disappointed after our experience here.
Written 11 September 2016
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