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"Frozen in Time"
Moffett Mill in Lincoln, RI
January 30, 2021

In the basement of the mill where the running water from the Moshassuck River is diverted that is in turn was used to power this historic New England location.

Yeah, that is a lot of ice!

"Built by George Olney along Great Road in 1812, the Moffett Mill is a unique survivor from the early 19th century. Resting along the Moshassuck River next to Chase Farm Park, this small mill is believed to be the first machine shop constructed in Rhode Island and is a rare example of a wooden mill built during the first wave of industrialization in the Blackstone Valley. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850 and built the stone dam that still stands. The mill has been abandoned since the early part of the 1900s and was donated to the Town of Lincoln in the 1980s. It has recently been renovated with new exhibits and its original tools still in tact. Because of difficulty accessing the site safely along this busy roadway, the opening of the mill to visitors will be limited. An interpretive panel located near the entrance to Chase Farm Park will help inform visitors as to the importance of this rare treasure."

SOURCE: tourblackstone.com/moffett-mill/

Tags:   Lincoln Rhode Island United States Moffett Mill Moffett RI Ocean State New England New England Legends Frozen in Time frozen Winter ice mill factory plant George Olney Great Road historic history 1812 Moshassuck River water power water wheel dam Chase Farm Park stone dam Blackstone Valley abandoned decay this place matters tools tool maker antique Arnold Moffett machine shop time capsule industrial revolution industrialization mechanic metal-working lathe drill press breast-style water-driven iron turbine furniture making wagon building braiding lace show corsets Sony A7RIV Sony Alpha A7R4 Friends of Hearthside wooden boxes International Association of Machinist machines HDR high dynamic range photography still life Frank C. Grace Trig Photography on1pics

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The Abandoned Moffett Mill
Lincoln, RI
January 30, 2021

Constructed in 1812 by local mechanic George Olney, the Moffett Mill offers a rare glimpse of the early American machine shop. The Moffett Mill was among the first mills in the area to have new metal-working technology including a metal lathe and drill press. In the early 1800s, Olney made tools and repaired vital machine parts for the other mills along Great Road, including his own thread mill at the pond in Lincoln Woods, Stephen Smith’s Butterfly Mill, and Captain Wilbur Kelly’s mill at Old Ashton. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850, replacing the breast-style waterwheel with a more modern, water-driven iron turbine. He expanded into furniture making and wagon building. At the time of the Civil War, the mill’s second floor housed braiding machines used to produce laces for shoes and corsets. By 1880, gristmill orders accounted for a large share of the Moffetts’ business, and a sawmill produced boards and wooden boxes for customers in the area. By the turn of the century, the mill closed and the building abandoned. In 2000, the Moffett Mill was stabilized and restored, with the original equipment still intact. Today, the mill is open for occasional public viewing under the stewardship of the Friends of Hearthside.

Tags:   Moffett Mill Moffett Lincoln Rhode Island RI Ocean State New England New England Legends Frozen in Time frozen Winter ice mill factory plant George Olney Great Road historic history 1812 Moshassuck River water power water wheel dam Chase Farm Park stone dam Blackstone Valley abandoned decay this place matters tools tool maker antique Arnold Moffett machine shop time capsule industrial revolution industrialization mechanic metal-working lathe drill press breast-style water-driven iron turbine furniture making wagon building braiding lace show corsets Sony A7RIV Sony Alpha A7R4 Friends of Hearthside wooden boxes International Association of Machinist machines HDR high dynamic range photography still life Frank C. Grace Trig Photography on1pics United States

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The abandoned Moffett Mill
Lincoln, RI
January 30, 2021

"Constructed in 1812 by local mechanic George Olney, the Moffett Mill offers a rare glimpse of the early American machine shop. The Moffett Mill was among the first mills in the area to have new metal-working technology including a metal lathe and drill press. In the early 1800s, Olney made tools and repaired vital machine parts for the other mills along Great Road, including his own thread mill at the pond in Lincoln Woods, Stephen Smith’s Butterfly Mill, and Captain Wilbur Kelly’s mill at Old Ashton. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850, replacing the breast-style waterwheel with a more modern, water-driven iron turbine. He expanded into furniture making and wagon building. At the time of the Civil War, the mill’s second floor housed braiding machines used to produce laces for shoes and corsets. By 1880, gristmill orders accounted for a large share of the Moffetts’ business, and a sawmill produced boards and wooden boxes for customers in the area. By the turn of the century, the mill closed and the building abandoned. In 2000, the Moffett Mill was stabilized and restored, with the original equipment still intact. Today, the mill is open for occasional public viewing under the stewardship of the Friends of Hearthside."

Tags:   Moffett Mill Moffett Lincoln Rhode Island RI Ocean State New England New England Legends Frozen in Time frozen Winter ice mill factory plant George Olney Great Road historic history 1812 Moshassuck River water power water wheel dam Chase Farm Park stone dam Blackstone Valley abandoned decay this place matters tools tool maker antique Arnold Moffett machine shop time capsule industrial revolution industrialization mechanic metal-working lathe drill press breast-style water-driven iron turbine furniture making wagon building braiding lace show corsets Sony A7RIV Sony Alpha A7R4 Friends of Hearthside wooden boxes International Association of Machinist machines HDR high dynamic range photography still life Frank C. Grace Trig Photography on1pics United States

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Lincoln, RI
January 30, 2021

"Constructed in 1812 by local mechanic George Olney, the Moffett Mill offers a rare glimpse of the early American machine shop. The Moffett Mill was among the first mills in the area to have new metal-working technology including a metal lathe and drill press. In the early 1800s, Olney made tools and repaired vital machine parts for the other mills along Great Road, including his own thread mill at the pond in Lincoln Woods, Stephen Smith’s Butterfly Mill, and Captain Wilbur Kelly’s mill at Old Ashton. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850, replacing the breast-style waterwheel with a more modern, water-driven iron turbine. He expanded into furniture making and wagon building. At the time of the Civil War, the mill’s second floor housed braiding machines used to produce laces for shoes and corsets. By 1880, gristmill orders accounted for a large share of the Moffetts’ business, and a sawmill produced boards and wooden boxes for customers in the area. By the turn of the century, the mill closed and the building abandoned. In 2000, the Moffett Mill was stabilized and restored, with the original equipment still intact. Today, the mill is open for occasional public viewing under the stewardship of the Friends of Hearthside."

Tags:   Lincoln Rhode Island United States Moffett Mill Moffett RI Ocean State New England New England Legends Frozen in Time frozen Winter ice mill factory plant George Olney Great Road historic history 1812 Moshassuck River water power water wheel dam Chase Farm Park stone dam Blackstone Valley abandoned decay this place matters tools tool maker antique Arnold Moffett machine shop time capsule industrial revolution industrialization mechanic metal-working lathe drill press breast-style water-driven iron turbine furniture making wagon building braiding lace show corsets Sony A7RIV Sony Alpha A7R4 Friends of Hearthside wooden boxes International Association of Machinist machines HDR high dynamic range photography still life Frank C. Grace Trig Photography on1pics

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The Abandoned Moffett Mill
Lincoln, RI
January 30, 2021

"Constructed in 1812 by local mechanic George Olney, the Moffett Mill offers a rare glimpse of the early American machine shop. The Moffett Mill was among the first mills in the area to have new metal-working technology including a metal lathe and drill press. In the early 1800s, Olney made tools and repaired vital machine parts for the other mills along Great Road, including his own thread mill at the pond in Lincoln Woods, Stephen Smith’s Butterfly Mill, and Captain Wilbur Kelly’s mill at Old Ashton. Arnold Moffett purchased the mill in 1850, replacing the breast-style waterwheel with a more modern, water-driven iron turbine. He expanded into furniture making and wagon building. At the time of the Civil War, the mill’s second floor housed braiding machines used to produce laces for shoes and corsets. By 1880, gristmill orders accounted for a large share of the Moffetts’ business, and a sawmill produced boards and wooden boxes for customers in the area. By the turn of the century, the mill closed and the building abandoned. In 2000, the Moffett Mill was stabilized and restored, with the original equipment still intact. Today, the mill is open for occasional public viewing under the stewardship of the Friends of Hearthside."

Tags:   Lincoln Rhode Island United States Moffett Mill Moffett RI Ocean State New England New England Legends Frozen in Time frozen Winter ice mill factory plant George Olney Great Road historic history 1812 Moshassuck River water power water wheel dam Chase Farm Park stone dam Blackstone Valley abandoned decay this place matters tools tool maker antique Arnold Moffett machine shop time capsule industrial revolution industrialization mechanic metal-working lathe drill press breast-style water-driven iron turbine furniture making wagon building braiding lace show corsets Sony A7RIV Sony Alpha A7R4 Friends of Hearthside wooden boxes International Association of Machinist machines HDR high dynamic range photography still life Frank C. Grace Trig Photography on1pics


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