Spofford Sawmill

Summary

Sawmills were among the first mills in new settlements, supplying lumber for people's homes and barns. Henry Ford had this mill built in Greenfield Village to house early up-and-down sawmill machinery. One of the large beams holding up the building came from a water-powered sawmill that George Spofford operated in Georgetown, Massachusetts, back in the 1600s.

Sawmills were among the first mills in new settlements, supplying lumber for people's homes and barns. Henry Ford had this mill built in Greenfield Village to house early up-and-down sawmill machinery. One of the large beams holding up the building came from a water-powered sawmill that George Spofford operated in Georgetown, Massachusetts, back in the 1600s.

Artifact

Sawmill (Factory)

Date Made

1940

Subject Date

1680-1855

Creators

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village 

Cutler, Edward James, 1882-1961 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

United States, Massachusetts, Georgetown 

Creator Notes

The sawmill was designed by Edward J. Cutler for The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. It was built in 1940 using some materials from the original late 17th century mill in Georgetown, Massachusetts.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Liberty Craftworks District

Object ID

29.3058.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Stone (Worked rock)
Metal
Glass (Material)

Technique

Reconstruction (Construction)

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