On May 9th, directed by Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, and fellow archaeologist, Myron Stachiw, Chamberlin volunteers, and Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. (FOSA) Members, began subsurface investigation on the east side of the Mill. Site drainage work can now proceed.
Archaeological work at Chamberlin site. (Right photo -Left to right) Brian Jones, CT State Archaeologist Ayla Kardestuncer
Nate Rosebrooks continues to work on the cut-down 1928 Studebaker that provided power for the sawmill in its last years of operation. The radiator is now in place, and cowling, substantially stabilized. Thanks for your ingenuity and persistence, Nate!
Woodstock, CT third graders launched their study of local history this spring with a presentation on Chamberlin Mill. Andy Quigley and Jean McClellan shared photos, a video, and a working model of an undershot water wheel crafted by Andy. The duo have been invited to return next year, and look forward to having classes visit the Mill once restoration is complete.
Timber framing restoration is ready to go. A contract has been signed with Peter Hamm, owner of Historic Preservation Associates to proceed with timber framing repairs in 2017. Our goal is to have timber framing restored in time for roof replacement prior to snowfall in 2017, keeping us to our anticipated schedule. Thanks to all of our generous supporters, and especially to our major grant source, Summer Hill Foundation, for making this possible. We are well on our way to realizing our goal of keeping Chamberlin Mill and its history alive.