Old Shaker Mill Wheel, Sabbathday Lake, ca. 1905

Contributed by United Society of Shakers


The Great Mill at Sabbathday Lake was the last mill in Maine to be powered by an overshot waterwheel.

Measuring 31 feet in diameter and 90 feet in circumference, the wheel was the largest in the state at the time. In 1915 the battered wheel was removed and replaced with a 30,000-pound wheel from an unused mill at the Alfred Shaker community.

In payment the Sabbathday Lake community traded 25 bushels of potatoes.

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About This Item

  • Title: Old Shaker Mill Wheel, Sabbathday Lake, ca. 1905
  • Creator: Wilson, Delmer Charles
  • Creation Date: circa 1905
  • Subject Date: circa 1905
  • Local Name: Sabbathday Lake
  • Town: New Gloucester
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from a glass-plate negative
  • Local Code: ITE 42
  • Object Type: Text and Image

For more information about this item, contact:

United Society of Shakers
707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4597

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