Mill Record Chester

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Complex Name (Common)
C.L. Griswold and Co.
Complex Name (Historic)
  • C.L. Griswold and Co.
  • Chester Historical Society
Address or Location
9 West Main Street, Chester Center, Chester
County
Middlesex
Historic Designation
Associated Mill Community
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Historic Information

Companies Associated w/Complex

  • C.L. Griswold and Co.
  • C.L. Griswold and Co.

Use (Historic)

Largest Documented Workforce

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Historic Narrative

This Pattaconk Brook (South Branch) water privilege was first developed for manufacturing in 1825 by Abel Snow, who ran an anchor forge and sold primarily to shipbuilders in Chester Cove. Noah Shipman, a carriage spring manufacturer, bought the property in 1838 and sold it to Jeremiah Wilcox, another carriage-spring maker, in the early l840s. In 1850 C. L. Griswold bought the site and erected the building standing now. Griswold's rubble-masonry wing dam also survives. The shop produced auger bits, wood screws, corkscrews, reamers and other light hardware before closing in 1919. Solar Masonic Lodge No. 131 bought the mill in 1924. (Roth) The main mill building has been rehabilitated as the museum and offices of the Chester Historical Society.

Architectural Information

Number of Existing Buildings

One (1) block.

Dates of Construction

1850

Architect

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Builder

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Building Type

Architectural Description

The 1850 building is a 2 1/2-story gable-roofed wood-framed mill with stone foundation and wheelpit sited parallel to the river bank. A hip-roofed cupola on the ridge-line has louvered openings on all four sides. The steeply-pitched roof has deep overhangs; siding is wood clapboard.

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Roof Material

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Power Source

Condition

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Condition Notes

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Property Information

Specific Location

One 0.3 acre parcel on the south side of West Main Street west of Main Street

Adjacent To

Exterior Visible from Public Road?

Yes

Parcel ID / Assessor Record Link

Acreage

0.3

Use (Present)

Sources

Form Completed By

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Date

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Bibliography

  1. Roth, Matthew, et al, Connecticut: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites (Washington DC: SIA, 1981).
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