Tripp Sawmill

Summary

Small sawmills played a fundamental role in rural communities in nineteenth century America, processing locally-logged wood to provide sawn lumber for construction in the immediate area. While many such mills were water powered, this was steam-powered from the outset. It was simple but refined -- a modest, self-sufficient industrial operation (water and fuel was available onsite), comfortably wedded to its rural location.

Small sawmills played a fundamental role in rural communities in nineteenth century America, processing locally-logged wood to provide sawn lumber for construction in the immediate area. While many such mills were water powered, this was steam-powered from the outset. It was simple but refined -- a modest, self-sufficient industrial operation (water and fuel was available onsite), comfortably wedded to its rural location.

Artifact

Sawmill (Factory)

Date Made

circa 1855

Creators

Tripp, Henry, 1784-1863 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Tipton 

Creator Notes

Built by British immigrant Reverend Henry Tripp in Tipton, Michigan.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Object ID

26.155.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Metal

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