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Adams Gristmill

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1831. Mill St., near Bridge St., Bellows Falls
  • Adams Gristmill

In 1831 miller John Cary gained the right of first water at the powerful Bellows Falls and built this substantial gable-front gristmill on the west side of the Connecticut River. At grade, it is one-and-a-half stories of wood frame with a large monitor, atop a raised stone first story. On the rear, facing the river, the mill is stone with two stories below grade. When the Adams family acquired the mill in 1875, they built a brick, shed-roofed addition for offices and storage and upgraded the sorting and grinding machinery. Unlike many late-nineteenth-century gristmills, this one successfully switched to electric power, possibly because it is located next to a hydro-electric facility. The Adamses ran the mill continuously until the mid-1960s, when its present owner, New England Power, acquired it. Today the Bellows Falls Historical Society uses the mill as their museum.

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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Adams Gristmill", [Rockingham, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WH16.

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Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 405-405.

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