Ward’s Stave Mill, Cherryfield, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The O.C. Ward Stave Mill in Cherryfield, owned by Obediah Ward, was located on the west side of the Narraguagus River below the Freeman Mill.

Note the falls that provided power on the right.

The mill was originally owned by Charles P. Nickels, a prominent Cherryfield businessman who owned parts of several mills. Its size is typical of a specialty mill.

The wagons are loaded with bundles of barrel staves, known as shooks, manufactured here at the mill and ready for shipment or delivery directly to customers.

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About This Item

  • Title: Ward’s Stave Mill, Cherryfield, ca. 1915
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Town: Cherryfield
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.116077
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Object Type: Image

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Penobscot Marine Museum
PO Box 498, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-2529

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