Monday, November 11, 2013

Ben’s Mill, Barnet, Vermont

On the recent road trip to Vermont, I was puttering around the Northeast Kingdom and happened upon Ben’s Mill along the Stevens River in Barnet. It seemed like an inviting place with parking, a picnic table and a couple of placards here and there. So I did a little photo study of the building and went on my way. Just the sign itself gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that I’d be forgiven for defecting from Vermont back in the 80’s and I would be permitted to take some images.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

This turns out to be one of those wonderful preservation project that a few dedicated community minded folks take on. It turns out that it started out as a saw mill and it helped build the town. Later it became a involved in the wool industry. In a later life, it became a cider mill and then a blacksmith shop.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

The two stock tubs you see were made in the blacksmith shop for a local farm and returned to the mill.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Below is the remains of the dam that was still function in the ‘70s.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

If you are idle, there is a wonderful excerpt from a documentary that shows the blacksmith shop in use and how the tubs were made.

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8 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful place.. Cheers..

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Great Great post. I love the building and the stream beside it.

mick said...

A very interesting piece of history and great that it is being looked after.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks for visiting my blog and I have followed you. I love this old historic mill, so nice it is preserved.

Laura said...

Looks like a fascinating experience. Your photos are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

These old mills are interesting. It is great that the community has preserved the building. Great shots!

Fun60 said...

good to hear of its many different lives and to be finally restored is no less than this beautiful building deserves.

Lew said...

Great shots and nice that the old place was restored!

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