Cross Mills, also called Charlestown Village, is on the Old Post Road, which was probably the first highway laid out through Charlestown (about 1703). It played a significant role in the area's agricultural interests in the eighteenth century. The early mill of Joseph Cross no longer exists, but in 1855 his descendants George W. and Joseph H. Cross built the stone hall around which the later village gathered and which served as a store, post office, and town meeting place. Cross Mills was a trading and farming center until the mid-twentieth century. Today, although no longer vital, it gives some sense of its past through several buildings related to its active mill and trading years and its later nineteenth-century existence as a tourist and sailing site.
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