Saturday, October 25, 2008

~*the Old Town Mill*~

Today we went to the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Old Town Mill. It was built in 1650 by John Winthrop Jr, the founder of New London. On September 6, 1781 it was burned down by Benedict Arnold during his raid on the port of New London but was rebuilt soon after.
It has been allowed to deteriorate but recently a group of preservationists began bringing it back to it's glorious state. Today was the ribbon cutting ceremony and the wheel was going to begin turning with the help of the fire department.

Here is my husband with Officer Roger Baker and the Mayor Kevin Cavanagh.
The New London Firefighters Pipes & Drum as the Chief looks on.
And finally the hoses brought the water to the wheel and it began to move. It was neat, really. The water to the brook that fed the flume has long since dried up, but there is a small amount of water in the creek that the fire department pumped onto the new wheel and it slowly turned. What it must have felt like in 1650 when they moved water 200 feet on the flume to make the mill a working success to grind corn, wheat and other grains for the colonists. The building is used today as the home to the New London Neighborhood Alliance, an organization representing the city's many active neighborhood groups. It was a great day, and it was history in the making.
Hope you are all having a great weekend!

5 comments:

Gettysburg Homestead said...

What a wonderful place! I am sitting here with chills isn't that odd just reading and looking at your pics. It so awesome how they have the fire department invloved.

Mary

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Wow! What a wonderful old mill and a wonderful history to go with it! We have several old mills in the area around us. They are so neat!
I think the town you live in is just awesome! Everyone seems to care so much about it. I think my town is too big now and nobody seems to care about much of anything. Makes me sad.
So, are you feeling better? I hope so! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Love the old mill...we ate in a resturant right next to an old mill when we were in NH and the water was just rushing over that wheel...it was just beautiful.
So neat that your town cares:)
Rondell

Linda said...

What a great story!! Love the Old Mill.

debra said...

Thanks for sharing. The old mill is so neat. It must be great to live somewhere with so much great history and that people really care about it. :)