Sugar River Grist Mill & Saw Mill, 159 Main Street, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH
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159 Main Street, Claremont, NH
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER NH-3
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-4).
Building/structure dates: 1856 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1918 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1940
Significance: Benjamin Tyler, one of the first settlers of Claremont, established grist and saw mills on this site as early as 1775. A group of Claremont businessmen bought the property in 1854 and constructed the existing two story, Greek Revival grist mill. The following year (1856), the saw mill, a two story clapboard structure was added. The grist mill was equipped with 8 run of stone, 4 flouring bolts, and 8 or more Tyler turbine water wheels...
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. View of the Grist Mill (1855), looking eastwards.
2. View of the top of a water turbine and power transmission equipment in the lower level of the Saw Mill.
3. GENERAL VIEW OF THE SOUTH FACADE OF THE SUGAR RIVER SAW MILL
4. GENERAL VIEW OF THE SUGAR RIVER SAW MILL FROM THE EAST, WITH THE NORTH WALL OF THE GRIST MILL IN THE BACKGROUND
5. NORTH (RIVER) FACADE OF THE SUGAR RIVER SAW MILL, FROM THE WEST
6. NORTH FACADE OF THE SAW MILL FROM THE NORTH
7. INTERIOR VIEW OF THE SECOND STORY OF THE SAW MILL, LOOKING SOUTH
8. GENERAL VIEW OF THE INTERIOR OF THE SAW MILL
9. INTERIOR DETAIL OF THE ROOF TRUSS OF THE SAW MILL
10. Three quarter view of Sugar River Grist Mill from the south. Saw Mill is partially visible on the right. To the left is the Main Street Bridge, and Claremont Flock (a portion of the Freeman and O'Neil Complex) is beyond.
11. Southeast (front) elevation of Sugar River Grist Mill facing River Street.
12. Interior view of first floor office area looking northwest. Greek Revival window trim is original.
13. Sugar River Grist Mill interior showing roof framing and interior surfaces. There are no columns, floors, or interior finishes in the upper three levels, which were used for grain storage. The wrought iron tension members provided support for the cross beams.
14. Detail of the upper chord inclined end post panal point.
15. Basement level of Saw Mill looking northeast into the turbine pit. Headrace for the Grist Mill is beyond the wall to the right.
16. Remains of a 36' turbine.
17. Photocopy of a photograph (original print in the collection of the Claremont Historical society) ca. 1890, photographer unknown General view.
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