Hello from a very rain-soaked Easton! I certainly hope this finds each of you well during this difficult, and stressful, time. A number of you remarked about last week's message regarding the former mill site off Rockland Street. Today I will provide just a few more photos for you.
The dam at the Buck Pond mill site, which I spoke of last week, is of a much coarser construction than those that were built following the Civil War. These later dams tended to have a straighter wall and the nicely cut stones formed a vertical wall rather than a sloped wall. Although it is hard to see from the attached photos, I think you might agree to the earlier date of this particular dam.
The dam itself is nearly 300 feet long, and somewhat straight. The top of the dam ranges from 6-8 feet in width, certainly wide enough for a cart to traverse to get to the mill. There may at one time have been a cart path from Rockland Street into the property, and there is evidence for a path from the corner of Mill Street. Once on the dam, it would be easy to access the mill site for loading and unloading. The surrounding land is low and usually wet.
The stones surrounding the main flume, or spillway, are well placed and sturdy, but by no means finished. You can see that in the photo. A second photo show the stone facing, though now somewhat toppled with time, that lined the inside dam wall. Once again, there are no cut stones, just rough field stones to protect the earthen dam from erosion. One might think that a dam like this would require a lot of maintenance.
The last photo is one of the overflow brooks off of the Poquanticut Brook that flows through the property. The orange color you see is iron in the water. If allowed to continue undisturbed, bog iron would eventually form, and it was in low-lying and swampy land like this that the first Easton area iron makers found their ore.
I'll be doing more exploring around my neighborhood this week, and I urge you to do some as well. Take note of wildlife, trees and plants, architecture, and historic landscapes too. See what you can discover!
Iron in the Water