Hired men, Sabbathday Lake, ca. 1895

Contributed by United Society of Shakers


Milling at Sabbathday Lake actually predated the formal organization of the community in 1794. A small grist mill was constructed by Shaker Brethren in 1786. In 1809 a larger grist mill, which also served area farmers, was built. In addition, the community had mill facilities for sawing lumber and carding wool.

In 1853 milling capabilities were expanded with the addition of the Great Mill. The three-story building was the center of much activity. Throughout the period between 1872 and 1918, milling was the basis of the Sabbathday Lake economy.

By the close of the 19th century, the grist and carding operations ceased and all attention turned to lumbering and woodworking. The Great Mill finally closed in 1942 and was dismantled in 1949.

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About This Item

  • Title: Hired men, Sabbathday Lake, ca. 1895
  • Creator: Wilson, Delmer Charles
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Town: Poland
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from a glass-plate negative
  • Local Code: ITE 40
  • Object Type: Image

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