Yes, the Mill survived the winter. Record snowfall in Woodstock made all pay particular attention to roofs. On February 21, Andy Quigley, George French, and Nate Rosebrooks raked about two feet of snow from the Mill's roof, ensuring its safe passage into spring. The Mill owes the three of them a great thanks!
Mill's 1928 Studebaker engine restoration is coming to completion. This winter an amazingly ingenious, resolute and generous team of Mystic Seaport engine restoration volunteers, spear headed by Nate Rosebrooks, has brought a rusting hulk back to life. To follow this work, and to find pictures go to "The Mill/The Studebaker Story." It is quite a story!
Chamberlin Mill, Inc. is poised to begin first phase of restoration. With plans and specifications complete for the Mill's restoration, bids will go out this spring for repair of the dry laid stone foundation. This first phase of restoration has been generously funded by the Summer Hill Foundation.
Eversource Energy grants funds to Chamberlin Mill (excerpted from March 12, 2015 press release)
In a recent informal ceremony at Woodstock Town Hall, Shawn Johnston, Community Relations Specialist for Eversource Energy awarded a grant to the non-profit Chamberlin Mill, Inc., toward its effort to revitalize the historic sawmill as an educational and cultural resource for the region. Allan Walker, Woodstock First Selectman, a supporter of Chamberlin Mill’s grant application, also participated in the ceremony.
“We’re proud to support the restoration of Chamberlin Mill, a key piece of Connecticut’s history,” said Bill Herdegen, President of Eversource's Connecticut Electric Operations. “Revitalizing one of New England’s only historic sawmills ensures this important agricultural resource will be around for years to come as an educational tool for our communities and customers.”
“I was thrilled to be part of bringing Eversource and Chamberlin Mill, Inc. together to move this project forward,” First Selectman Walker stated. The fine work being done to restore Chamberlin Mill is not only an important community endeavor, but a meaningful enhancement to the Last Green Valley. Being able to support historic and cultural resources in the local area is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as First Selectman. Work that creates educational and recreational activities for all citizens to enjoy strengthens our community.”
Eversource Energy’s Community Relations Specialist, Shawn Johnston, presents a check to Chamberlin Mill, Inc., represented by board members Evelyn Cole Smith, Ayla Kardestuncer and Jean McClellan in the office of Allan Walker, Woodstock First Selectman. L. to rt. Smith, McClellan, Kardestuncer, Johnston, and Walker.
“We are very grateful to Eversource for this grant, the community support it represents, and the work it will enable us to do,” remarked Jean McClellan, President of Chamberlin Mill, Inc. “To date, we have been lucky in the support we have received from individual donors and from funding agencies. The grant from Eversource represents a significant addition to our current effort to engage area corporations and businesses in our work. With support of this kind, we are confident we will succeed in restoring this rare sawmill as a resource for future generations to enjoy.”