Taylor sawmill for Lynell (TennesseeCowgirl) by danapommet ()
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Sorry Lynell, I haven't found a good looking barn yet.
The Taylor sawmill began operation in 1805. It was an “up and down” sawmill not using a circular saw blade. The mill was powered by a water wheel. The mill fell into disrepair over the years and Ernest R Ballard purchased the 71 acres in 1939. At that time there was nothing left except the foundation. Mr. Ballard bought the remains of old barns and buildings to rebuild the mill with original type building materials. He bought a replacement saw mechanism that had been disassembled for 50 years, for $160. It took him two years to assemble the system and they made the remaining parts to bring it into operating condition. He purchased a historically correct water wheel – 1,000 pound, six feet wide, 12 feet in diameter and 40 “buckets”. He opened the mill to show the world how things were done, 150 years ago. Today, two NH State Park employees (most likely volunteers), open the doors on the second and fourth Saturdays, June through August, to actually saw logs into beams for the public to view. Keep in mind that the operation is run by this single water wheel. All this takes place in Derry, New Hampshire.
Thanks for stoping by for a look and all of your helpful comments.
Image Comments (18)
Richardphotos () 7:34PM | Sun, 28 June 2009
that is awesome that he restored it so many can enjoy and learn. excellent shot
elfin12u () 7:58PM | Sun, 28 June 2009
SWEET FIND!!!! My moms dad had one of these, I remember as a kid..........so so long ago. Our family reunion is in a couple of weeks, I'll have to go back there and see if it's still there, thanks much for the reminder!
MrsRatbag () 8:46PM | Sun, 28 June 2009
Cool find, Dana! And a great capture, I'm sure Lynell will love it!
GBCalls () 9:31PM | Sun, 28 June 2009
Cool Dana! I may have to drive down there and see that in operation. Have not been to Derry for a couple months. Excellent information for the photo.
BessieB () 12:53AM | Mon, 29 June 2009
A great find Dana and excellent narrative, a lovely dedi for Lynell too
petercp () 9:58AM | Mon, 29 June 2009
I'm sure Lynell will like that one, a wonderful photograph Dana!
CavalierLady () 11:07AM | Mon, 29 June 2009
A beautiful old historic building with charm and personality, Lynell will love it!
junge1 () 11:30PM | Mon, 29 June 2009
Great capture and background info Dana. I am 69, so it was easy to get senior rates!