Harry Smith Conservation Area


Location: Ameliasburgh Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Day-use Area
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Length/Size: 7 acres

Harry Smith Conservation Area
By Quinte Conservation

D I R E C T I O N S
This 2.8 hectare (7 acre) Conservation Area is located in Ameliasburgh. Take Purdy Street, located on the north side of County Road 19, in the village of Ameliasburgh, 18 km southwest of Belleville and 32 km northwest of Picton.
A B O U T H A R RY S M I T H C O N S E R VAT I O N A R E A
The walking trail encircles the pond and takes the hiker past some of the foundations of past buildings and along a wooded escarpment.
The 1.5 km trail circles the pond, returning to the parking lot. For a nice walk, follow the trail by starting half way down the hill and taking the path along the lower edge of the escarpment to avoid confusion. Keep the pond
in sight and cross the boardwalk past the west end of the pond where the trail begins to climb the escarpment on the north side of the pond. Follow the trail, keeping the pond to your right at all times. The trail then begins to descend and comes around at the east end of the pond and ultimately back to the parking lot.
A L I T T L E H I S T O RY
Perhaps the most historic mill in this area was Roblinís Mill, located in what is now the Harry Smith Conservation Area. Built in 1842, the grist mill was powered by water channelled from nearby Roblin Lake. In 1920 the mill ceased operation and stood vacant until the 1960s. The building was dismantled piece-by-piece and re-erected at Black Creek Pioneer Village, in Toronto.