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

Online Collection

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

label levels:

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

The Old Mill Wheel

photographer   Forrest L. Stetson's Electric Print
location   Charlemont, Massachusetts
process/materials   half-tone paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph - Postcard
accession #   #1997.08.01.0065

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...


Deerfield River

Old Green River Mill

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