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Grants Mills

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c. 1818. Near intersection of Diamond Hill and Wrentham rds. (visible in winter)

On private property and virtually impossible to see through the trees in summer, this one-and-one-half-story wooden mill in a mix of shingles and vertical boarding, with its dam at the end of Lake Miscoe, is a well-preserved (and partly restored) example—among the best—of the earliest rural industry in Rhode Island. So is the restoration of the handsome masonry craftsmanship of its raceway. It was built by Joseph Grant as a combined sawmill and gristmill. The sawmill was housed in a long, narrow gabled shed beside the raceway, the gristmill in a chunky gabled ell set at right angles to the dominant element at one end and a bit lower with the raceway underneath.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Grants Mills", [Cumberland, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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