1864 Mill in Bryant Pond, ME

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Added to OHD on 1/14/20   -   Last OHD Update: 2/8/20   -   30 Comments

41 Andrews Rd, Bryant Pond, ME 04219

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  • $85,000
  • 3542 Sq Ft
  • 2.7 Ac.
A unique property tucked away in South Woodstock. Once a working water mill and town post office this historic property offers water rights to Mill Pond, acreage along Andrews Brook with plenty of space to build your home or vacation cottage. The 2.7-acre lot has several sheds and a septic system installed by the prior owners with a working toilet for a camper site. The casket mill is filled with possibilities and the living quarters was once used as a vacation camp. A truly special place.
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Julia Young, Sunday River Real Estate
(207) 824-5051
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30 Comments on 1864 Mill in Bryant Pond, ME

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  1. HarleysmomHarleysmom says: 113 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Windsor, CA

    Wow! The Realtor was not kidding when they said this was a truly special place. This place is not only amazing but an important historic resource as well.

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  2. Good Day-

    I am a maker of 18th Century Windsor furniture, I resided in Maine for a while. This is a dream come true. What kind of financing is available?

    Thank you

    John Lewis

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11807 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You’ll need to contact the agent, details up top.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >This is a dream
      You are certainly right about that.
      >come true.
      That sure would be nice. Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

      This maker of VERY fine furniture employs a whole compliment of J.A.White, line belt drive machines in his shop.
      https://www.davidlambfurniture.com/my-studio

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    • JeffJeff says: 116 comments
      1876 Rural Victorian
      OR

      Oh man! I totally agree! I’m not sure they fully realize what they have here!

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      • ZerberbabyZerberbaby says: 36 comments
        1967 cape cod
        VALPARAISO, IN

        This place is INCREDIBLE! If you purchased this place as shown in the photos with all the machinery, tools, caskets, and other original objects…it would probably be possible to sell off some of the excess to pay for a large chunk of restoration. With selective selling and preservation I wonder if it would be possible to fully restore both a beautiful home and the mill/casket factory as a historical attraction. This would be a true joy to live in and restore! I would not want to rip out one bit of the beautiful nature to build a modern home…why lose one of the most incredible features! Oh yes, I can see this place in my dreams for a long time to come.

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  3. patrickfpatrickf says: 26 comments
    Hesperia, CA

    The old wood in the shop, floors and beams are worth way more than the asking price. That woodshop is a dream for me. LOVE this listing.

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  4. MichaelMichael says: 2111 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the mill and all the rustic interiors we see. What is just as impressive as the building is the setting it’s in! I’d be on the pond in my little row boat, waiting for a nibble on the line and not caring if I got a bite anyway!

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  5. WendytravelsWendytravels says: 66 comments
    1850 Cotswold stone

    I have often been blown away by houses on this site but…. HOLY COW. Everything is jaw-dropping. The setting. The STOVE. The casket- making. The price. And it’s in one of my favourite states. Love it!

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  6. RetroRandyRetroRandy says: 14 comments
    1904 Ocilla, GA

    Well, I just about lost control of my internal plumbing on this one!!! Those wide pumpkin pine floors are calling my name. I would love to be taught how to use all of the machinery and let my imagination go wild as I created all kinds of furniture pieces. I would be so happy that my mission would be to make caskets at no charge to give a measure of comfort to those who grieve. This property triple checks all the boxes for me๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. BethanyBethany says: 3373 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This seems remarkably affordable. Here’s hoping the right historically minded person gets this one!

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  8. MWMW says: 851 comments

    A very cool place for sure. And yes, seems down right affordable, especially if it comes fully stocked as shown.

    For some reason, I misread that one photo at first glance and though that part of the building was movable on some kind of wood pole rails, lol. Now that would have just been a bit too much. I don’t think that is the case, but still can’t quite figure out what those poles would be there for.

    Not too sure about the whole casket building part to be honest. Birdhouses or something like that might have been a bit more appealing.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >canโ€™t quite figure out what those poles would be there for.
      It’s my suspicion that they are there for lateral, structural support, MW: quite literally to keep the thing from being pushed from its pylons and cribbing by strong current, wind, or both, into the creek bed below. They have been there in one form or another at least since the earliest photographic evidence, (+or- 1900). In that image you can also see the original stone cribbing and posts used to support the greater body of the structure. It REALLY needed them then! Heheheh.
      https://www.eventcrazy.com/event/photos/50204_2_53_120810_112057.jpg

      Even after the supports were changed to more permanent concrete pylons. the posts remained in place, (some cribbing still employed), shown in this 1980 shot, having been likely several times before replaced, with squared posts in place at the time the image was taken:
      https://bethelhistorical.org/catalog/item/2016.FIC.1387

      Again, a more contemporary shot shows the post replaced once again, even since the 80’s:
      https://maineanencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/woodst02.jpg

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      • I grew up in the house on the east side of the pond, and my father worked in the mill / casket shop / funeral home for years. The posts were lateral support. When the mill was operational with the water wheel, the pond level was a couple of feet higher (by building up the dams with extra wood). This put the water level very close to the mill floor and high water (or ice) could push against the structure. The faded orange line on the pond side of the mill was painted by my father after one flood. It became our unofficial benchmark for later storms, sort of a “will we hit the line” contest.

        I remember the posts as basically being old telephone poles, though that may just be a childhood memory of any long stick. The squared off versions were still poles, they just had a “roof” built over them. Whether that was for aesthetics since they were painted red like all the buildings or perhaps an effort to keep the rain off them and make them last longer, I don’t know.

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        • Hi David. We are fascinated by the endless possibilities of this mill! I am 35+ year experienced custom millworker from Victorian to Current using old flat belt machines and a few up-to-date machines – over 40 machines in total. I am sure you feel very blessed that your Dad worked here. I hope the new owner keeps it as it is destined to be – a wood shop :). If you hear any updates please feel free to let us know.

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          • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
            OHD Supporter

            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Would very much enjoy seeing your shop, and your work, Charles. If you have a website, please feel free to post the link here: or if you would enjoy having many others admire your bits; post the link on OHD’s weekly contributor share thread which appears each Friday. Hope to see it soon!

          • There was a very well attended open house last weekend but I have no inside info on any imminent sale or not. Lack of plumbing will probably be the major hold up to a sale – all there is is a hookup for a camper, nothing inside the mill. The previous occupants parked a camper beside the mill when they were there. When the mill was operational, you either used an outhouse – suspended beneath the mill as part of the catwalk to access the waterwheel – or walked down the street to the finishing shop (the building in the old picture with the Undertakers sign on it, which was torn down about 20 years ago) for real plumbing.

            Much of the original equipment has now been moved to the Maine State Museum. In the 70’s and 80’s when I was hanging out there the mill had electricity but the water wheel still worked and several machines were still hooked up to it. Childhood thrill when being allowed to open the gate to get the water wheel going, see all the old wooden gears and leather belts start moving. OSHA would probably arrest all of us if that happened now. And the EPA would probably have a fit about the shed across the street from the mill, where they made their own embalming fluid. Probably still smells like formaldehyde today haha.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Thanks’ so much for commenting and confirming my suspicions, David.

  9. woeismewoeisme says: 140 comments
    1990 suburban
    Vacaville, CA

    I own vintage woodworking machines, so it`s no wonder this place draws me to it. This price is very affordable. Judging from the photos, the shop is still water powered. To live and tool around here would be a dream. A new septic system is a definite plus.

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  10. ProfMoxieProfMoxie says: 47 comments
    Essex Fells, NJ

    WOW!!!

    I’ve driven past this place many times, and even took photos of the outside and with my old SLR years ago. I had NO IDEA how gorgeous it is inside! What a true Maine gem!

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  11. WadeWade says: 8 comments

    Hi Kelly, Happy New Year!
    This is the old Andrews Casket Company Mill and there was, as I understand it, a funeral home next to this. Scroll down to “The Man who loved Graves” https://gordoncstewart.com/tag/andrews-casket-company/

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  12. I’m not a millwright, so don’t know how most of the interesting equipment is used. However, I certainly remember earning $1.15 per hour and being able to put myself through college on those wages. I love the place simply because it sparks my imagination and curiosity about former residents and owners.

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  13. LisaSLisaS says: 35 comments
    1950 Craftsman
    OR

    O_O You had me at casket making!! This place is just simply dreamy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. 2ChihuahuaMom2ChihuahuaMom says: 47 comments
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    1944 Cottage
    Bagdad, FL

    All I have to say is :O !

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