Darnley Cascade-Hamilton



Darnley Cascade once powered the Grist Mill in the early 1800's.  Today water flows over layered rocks and is measured as the highest above sea level of all the waterfalls in Hamilton at 223 metres, although its drop is a mere 4 metres making it the smallest of cascades in Hamilton.


You can see remnants of the old Grist dam and off into the horizon is the newer Christie dam.  Darnley was a name given by the man who founded Crooks Hollows, James Crooks.  He was a Scotsman whose hero was Lord Darnley.


In 1911, the Crooks sold the mill to the Stutts. (see Darnley ruins).  Some to this day call it Stutts Falls.  

I don't know if it was the gloomy gray skies, or the wind whistling through the trees around me, but I felt very melancholy to think that tragedy had occurred in a setting so beautiful.