icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Things To Do
Dress Up | 1st Person | African American Map | Now Read This | Magic Lens | In the Round | Tool Videos | Architecture | e-Postcards | Chronologies | Turns Activities

Send an E-Postcard of:
The Old Mill Wheel

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

One of the key factors in the settlement of Charlemont, as with almost all the towns of western Massachusetts, was the presence of water power. Streams had to be large enough to power a mill reliably but not so large as to be uncontrollable during flood season. For example, the Connecticut River itself was too big to be usable in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Charlemont, a town along the Deerfield River about fifteen miles west of Greenfield, settled around Mill Brook, a fast-flowing stream with regularly spaced natural falls. There, a grist mill was built around 1763, followed soon after by a saw mill. This mill may have been located on Hartwell's Brook, several miles east of Charlemont town center.


top of page

Share this image with a friend.
Simply enter their e-mail address below and we'll send them this image in an e-mail greeting, along with a link to see the image on our site.

To E-Mail Address *
From E-Mail Address *
From Name

* = Required

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback