The history of Ancaster Mill and the origins of the Town of Ancaster are inseparable. Being the third oldest community in Ontario (after Kingston and Niagara-on-the- Lake), the settlement of Ancaster naturally evolved from the establishment of the flour mill. Ever since, Ancaster Mill has been at the centre of more than 200 years of local history. In its own history, four mills have graced the site – each upon the foundation of the last. The first three were destroyed by fired and the existing stone flour mill was built in 1863. The building was constructed with lime- stone blocks taken from the actual site. Its walls are four feet thick at the base. The flour mill is one of the most substantial stone structures in the province. Built before the advent of steam or electrical power, it is a testament to mid-19th-century ingenuity, architecture and sheer willpower. In 1972, the Ciancone family purchased the mill property and began the building and restoration process. This culminated the grand opening of Ancaster Mill in February 1979. Now in its fourth decade operating as a restaurant and special event facility, Ancaster Mill continues to thrive as a key element in the community. As one of the most sought-after restaurants for a Champagne brunch or dinner celebration, the newly renovated Ancaster Mill epitomizes the spirit of the Landmark Group. Situated beside a creek with a large dining room built out overlooking the falls, Ancaster Mill is in demand year-round for weddings, family or corporate events and celebrations. Restored to keep its authentic character intact, this is a place where ambience fuses with fine food and great service.