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Bristol Area Lions Learn Details on the Pemaquid Saw Mill Acquisition. 11/08/2018

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Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill (left) receives a donation for the project from Bristol Area Lions Treasurer Michael Hope.

On Nov. 5, the Chairman of the Friends of Pemaquid Mill Phil Averill explained the historical, and archeological benefits, as well as preserving the important fishway up the Pemaquid River and providing future recreational benefits.  The newly formed group turned to the Damariscotta River Association, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, the Old Bristol Historical Society and archeologist Dr. Neill De Paoli for assistance.

A preliminary inspection by Architectural Resource Conservation concluded that it is a solid building with museum character inside. Much of the inner working of the water powered sawmill still exists including a turbine, early lines, pulleys and numerous belts which ran the sawmill and earlier grist mill and textile mill.   A planner dated 1867 also exists. 

It is the site of an earlier mills dating to the mid-1600’s.  The present mill was built in early to mid-1800s, served by a no longer existing mill pond. This mill originally had straight sawblades and many of the rough sawn boards used inside to form rooms for the various activities are examples of the product.  This was before the advent of circular saw blades.  

Of interest to the club was that at the closing of the mill in 1960, Craig Leeman, father of Bristol Lion Chris Leeman, was working there. Craig and Chris along with family and friends have participated in the distribution of the club’s Christmas food baskets to families served by the New Harbor Food Panty. 

This year’s Christmas food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22 and club members and friends are requested to meet at the loading dock of C.E. Reilly & Son, Inc. in New Harbor at 9:00 a.m. 

Since the success of the acquisition of the mill requires raising another $100,000 by Nov. 30th residents are asked to please donate today by writing a check to the Damariscotta River Association with Campaign for Pemaquid Mill on the memo line.  This may be mailed to DRA at P.O. Box 333, Damariscotta, ME 04543, had delivered to the Bristol town hall, or by debit or credit card online at bit.ly/campaign-for-pemaquid-mill.

For information about pledges over three tax years, obtaining corporate matching funds, gifts of appreciated stock or tax-exempt qualified charitable distributions from retirement plans, contact Deb Suchar at 563-1393.    

Should the acquisition not be completed, contributions will be returned.  

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