March 20, 2006
Update on the historic Hatch Mill project:
Brochure designed by Cliff Abrams,
Abrams Assoc. Design, LLC aaexhibits.com
Click image for brochure
We will be going up for Town Meeting on Monday April 24th at 7:30 p.m. and we will be on the Town Warrant applying for the $120,250 needed from the Community Preservation Fund Reserve for Historic Resources. This request is for the purpose of completing Phase 1 of the Hatch Mill renovation.
The rehabilitation and preservation of this great old mill with its unique up-and-down saw is an incredible opportunity to not only preserve an important piece of history representing the working class of so many generations who contributed to the making of this country through the building trades, but also to keep alive the tradition of these wonderful working mills, teaching the young and old alike about the ingenuity and craftsmanship of our forefathers. This mill abuts Dr. Messer's property of which the "The Red House" is located. Some of his abutting land was purchased with CPA money last year which has access to the North River where most of ship building was done to build the commerce in New England. The technology of this particular mill goes back to the 1400's in Europe and when applied in this country was at the "cutting edge."
At this time in many areas of the country, the razing and "erasing" of many historical homes and buildings to make way for new developments has sometimes left, in the name of progress, a sad void in what should be our prideful representations of this country's history. Many of these old buildings hold within their walls some of the greatest stories of true Americana. The restoration of the Hatch Mill will provide a multi-faceted educational arena of museum quality for all types of groups of all ages as an authentic
working small-scale mill.
We need to get over this first hurdle of getting CPA funds for the Hatch Mill.
We have accumulated over two hours of unedited tape/footage of individuals. This footage also includes craftsman from all over the country and even the Timber Frame Guild of New Hampshire.