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The Rensselaerville Grist Mill
The first mill on this site was built in 1789 by Samuel Jenkins of West Stockbridge,
MA. It was powered by an overshot wheel. After the mill burned down in 1879, the present
mill was built in 1880 with a turbine to power it. Water from the Ten Mile Creek is
channeled through a flume (pipe), down a 40-foot drop to the turbine. The force of the
falling water spins the turbine. This power is transferred by a series of shafts, pulleys
and belts, running all the different machinery throughout the mill. The mill ceased
regular operations in 1945, ending 156 years of mill history on this spot.
In 1975 the Rensselaerville Historical Society purchased the Grist Mill, its present
headquarters, and embarked on the task of preserving the turbine-driven mill for use as a
"living museum" of the communitys agricultural and early industrial past.
The Louise Keppie Research Room at the Mill preserves a growing town archive and genealogy
collection, available to the public at regular hours during the summer season, and by
appointment at other times.
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1964, the Rensselaerville
Historical Society collects materials that illustrate and explain the history of
Rensselaerville and its environs, as well as the lives of its people. The Society also
preserves such materials, making them accessible for scholarly use, and presents public
programs and exhibits that interpret Rensselaervilles history. Historical Society
members publish a quarterly newsletter, conduct mill tours, prepare exhibits, offer
educational programs, answer genealogical inquiries, and publish a number of historical
books and pamphlets. Write to POB 8, Rensselaerville, NY 12147.
Rensselaerville Gristmill Ledger, 1908-1911 Part of business records of the
Rensselaerville Gristmill held by the Rensselaerville Historical Society.
This ledger book is a record of the gristmills business activity 1908-1911. The
book includes an alphabetical name index of townspeople who had accounts with the mill.
The account book records, for each individual; the date, the type and quantity of
agricultural product processed by the mill, the price charged for that service, and the
dates the accounts were paid. As accounts were paid in full a large "check mark"
was drawn on the ledger page.
Rensselaerville Grist Mill Ledger Book Index
Rensselaerville Grist Mill Ledger Book
History of the Rensselaerville Grist
History of the Town and Village
The Rensselaerville Historical Society
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