Statement of Work |
History of the Mill |
Photo Gallery |
Mill Condition Upon Acquisition, Winter 2004-Restored View, Spring 2008 Photo Narrative
1) View from front-Porch isn't original to the mill and will be removed.
2) View from rear-Openings will be closed to strengthen the foundation. Water in the millrace will be diverted and tailrace will be backfilled about 5 feet. A small foundation will be set for the potential of a future, non-functional waterwheel.
3) Turbine room-As viewed from the millrace. Original waterwheel was replaced by a Leffel turbine (still made today in Springfield) in 1914. The turbine is believed to still be connected to the vertical driveshaft barely visible in the center of picture. If practical, turbine will be removed, cleaned and put on display.
4) Basement-Looking towards turbine room. Large horizontal gears with teeth barely visible connect turbine driveshaft to millstones directly above. Shaft and pulleys in foreground powered limestone-crushing machines in production during the 1900's.
5) Mill office-Immediately when entering the mill to the left is the 12'X12' office. It was the only partitioned room in the mill. Fireplace was for heat and bricks between the wood timbers were for insulation and are only found in the office. Another fireplace directly under this one in the basement was probably used to heat branding irons to mark finished wooden casts of flour.
6) Kitchen-Immediately when entering the mill to the right is the 12'X12' kitchen and bathroom. These have been completely removed.
7) Bathroom-Before being removed.
8) Bedroom-Directly behind kitchen/bathroom were two 12'X12' bedrooms which have been completely removed.
9) Millstones. 12 feet straight ahead after entering the mill is the 24'X24' room with the millstones. Two original sets of stones are on a raised 8'X10' platform directly behind the mill office. Most mills used one set of stones to grind flour and one set to grind cornmeal. Platform and stones are built on a completely separate foundation which was intentional to reduce the effects of vibration on the mill when the stones were running. Substantial rebuilding needs to be done to this foundation.
10) Millstones, close-up-Raw grain would be transported from the basement to the third floor, cleaned and sorted then dropped to the stones through wooden chutes. After grinding, the flour would drop from the bottom of the stone covers into a bin and then back to the basement where it would be transported back to the third floor for cooling and sifting.
11) Second floor, view #1-36'X36' open room. 12' high ceilings and no wall partitions gives a huge sense of space. Vertical turbine driveshaft visible in foreground.
12) Second floor, view #2-Other side of room including fireplace chimney. All non-historic material has been removed.
13) Corn dryer-500 lbs. metal corn dryer. Coal fire at the bottom provided heat. The corn was fed into the top and internal paddles turned the corn until it was dry enough to grind.
14) Stairs to the 3rd floor-Stairs on the second floor leading to the third floor. Again, note turbine driveshaft going through second floor. Shaft has no gears or pulleys hinting second floor didn't contain any mechanical devices. Probably mostly flour storage and distribution areas.
15) 3rd floor view #1-Containing unused or old milling equipment. Except for large grain sorters, everything has been put is storage.
16) Wooden chutes-Dozens of these chutes would have connected between all three floor to transport both finished and raw material down from the third and second floor.
17) 3rd floor view #2-Driveshaft in foreground has a pulley to connect with a belt to the gearshaft in the background. Gearshaft is disassembled and would have been vertically oriented with a ring gear at the top.
18) 3rd floor gears-Vertical ring shaft would mesh with horizontal ringgrear ended driveshaft to transfer power overhead and horizontally. Cedar shake roof from the late 1800's, now covered with tin, can be seen from the 3rd floor.
19) 3rd floor overhead-Horizontal overhead pulleys would connect by belts to different machines. Main corn sorter can be seen under pulleys and to the left.
20) New Kitchen View-Totally new kitchen area for caretaker and Mill visitors. All custom built from recycled wood.
21) Restored Fireplace Seating Area-Old office area of the mill. Natural gas fire logs warms visitors to the Mill.
22) Restored Mill Stones-All original pieces were cleaned and replaced in their correct position.
23) Restored Exterior View form the left
24) Restored Exterior View from the Center
25) Restored Exterior View from the RightNew "Shed" is histsorically accurate.
26) Restored Exerior View from the RearNew 14 X 6 foot WaterWheel will be built in the right foreground area. It's original location.