In 1853, this town was named by settlers John Jennings, William Ridge Sr., and James Leigh after their native home in Pontypool, Wales. A thriving town in the days of the CP Rail line, Pontypool, with a population of 2,100, is a nature lover's paradise featuring the Fleetwood Conservation Area, the Ganaraska Forest, and the Black Diamond Golf & Country Club. During the holiday season Pontypool also hosts its own Santa Claus Parade.
West of Ballyduff in the village of Lotus sits a unique grist and saw mill (now a home) built by the founder of Peterborough, Adam Scott. Built in the early 1830s, the Pigeon Creek provided water power to grind the local grain for early settlers. The Adam Scott family built many grist and sawmills from Peterborough to Port Hope and also one in Manvers. These mills were essential as settlers needed grain ground as well as lumber to build their homes. Much of the original equipment still exists in the mill.
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