We are already at week 8 of the Argyle Health is Housing series. Fun fact about the Argyle Community: the main east-west route across southwestern Ontario used to be Dundas Street also known as the meandering Highway 2. Prior to 1998, Highway 2 stretched all the way to Windsor heading west, and to Quebec heading east. Argyle was the heart of Ontario’s own Route 66 before the 401 took over major road travel.
But you don’t have to head on down the highway to go on a road trip. Your local branch of the London Public Library is a perfect way for a quick getaway or a long trip to parts unknown from here to the edges of the universe. In 1947, the Argyle Community Library was established. With the annexation in 1961, it was moved into the Argyle Mall. On June 25 of 1986, the library relocated to the Eastwood Plaza and was renamed to the Eastwood Centre Branch. Today, this library is known as the East London Branch Library and Community Centre.
For this week’s program, hop on the bus with us to the Arva Flour Mill. The Historic Arva Flour Mill, situated on the banks of Medway Creek in Arva Ontario (just north of London), has been in continuous operation for 203 years, making the Mill Canada’s 6th oldest continuously operating business and perhaps the oldest food producing Company in Canada. The Mill is believed to be the oldest operating water powered Flour Mill in this part of the world. The Mill produces a true artisan flour, using their antique Goldie & McCullough cold roller mills that replaced the stone ground grist mills in 1904.