Fort Sackville Woollen Mill

Lower Sackville, Halifax, NS, Canada
Business Category: Textile Milling
Products: Broad & narrow clothes, pilot clothes, tweeds, blankets
Dates Founded: circa 1841
Remarks: Aug. 11, 1841 - Novascotian carries letter probably from Geo. Eastman criticizing state of NS textile industry.  Growth retarded by poor state of equipment, poor management.  “The machines at present in use for carding & spinning are similar to those in use one hundred years ago in England.”  He states there was an effort to start a mill at Sackville, “some years ago” could only raise capital for small scale experiment and lacked skilled workers.  “To any gentleman that can spare £1000 (or even £700) the writer is prepared to show, from long practical acquaintance with the subject, that one of the very best opportunities of investing such a sum is now offered.”
1842 - Geo. Eastwood presents petition to House that he is prepared to start a manufactory of woolen cloth, blankets, and flannels.  He had bought mill seat at Sackville, already building machinery, and needed capital.  His petition is supported by petitions from farmers of Sackville, Cornwallis, Horton, and Newport.  House awarded £300 to be given when the mill was running and had made at least 100 yards of cloth.  When in full operation would offer carding, spinning, weaving, fulling, dressing, colouring of cloths (Agriculture & Industry Petitions 1842, Journals 1842, p. 307). 
1843 - Eastwood got his £300 grant but was refused duty return on imported machinery.
1844 - Petitioned for assistance, refused by committee on Trade & Manufactures (Journals, 1844, Appx 49, p. 118). He was able to keep going on his own resources. 
Aug. 1844 - W.L. Evans advertised blankets for sale from Sackville Mill (Novascotian, 26 Aug.)
1844 - Mill re-organized over year
1845 - Petition from Eastwood & Tolson of Sackville Bridge asking for more money to improve machines to expand production, improve quality of wool.  They won their requests, with more drawbacks totalling £34 on machinery & dyestuffs.  However, it seems they were wearing out their welcome: “unwise to sustain such an establishment by further Legislative grant. (Journals, 1845 Appx 61, p. 189)
Dec. 1845 - Announced opening of a blanket depot/business office in Halifax. (Novascotian, Dec. 29, 1845) (Lomas)
“Warranted to wear twice as long as any imported Goods of the same quality.”  Prop. George Eastwood.  Notice of new mill ready for business.
Broad cloths, any colour, at      6s 3d per yard
Narrow                                                            3s 1½ per yard
Pilot Cloths, common col.         5s 6d     
Pilot Cloths, dark indigo            6s 6d
Tweeds, any colour
Blankets, from 4-10 quarters wide & from 4 to 12 quarters long: 1s 6d per lb.
Flannel                                                             0s 9d yd.
Flannel, coloured                                  1s 0s per yd.
For the accommodation of the shore farmers, wool may be left in care of his Agent J. Crouch at his Auction mart, Lower Water St., Hfx., who will forward it to be worked up, and deliver the goods when finished.  Fort Sackville, June 18
Mechanic & Farmer, Pictou July 6, 1842.
Remarks Source: 1. Agriculture & Industry Petitions 1842, Journals 1842, p. 307 
2. Journals, 1844, Appx 49, p. 118
3. Novascotian, 26 Aug
4. Journals, 1845 Appx 61, p. 189
5. Mechanic & Farmer, Pictou July 6, 1842.
6. Textile Mills in Nova Scotia, Mary Guildford, pg. 4-6