Beaman Mill (1700-1800’s)

Here we have a pristine view of the Beaman Mill, later known as the Clarendon Mill, from the opposite side of the Mill Pond. Town founder Ezra Beaman founded the mill in the late 1700s with advice from Samuel Slater, the textile factory tycoon who is known as the “Father of the Industrial Revolution” for his establishment of factories across New England. The Clarendon Mills stood until the reservoir came. Parts of its foundation were not ripped up and are likely still visible beneath the water.

The serenity of this picture echoes the serenity of the reservoir today, as one might enjoy the views from the Old Stone Church of the trees across the water.

BeamanMill old photograph