Map of the Grounds

1.   Visitor’s Center—Constructed in 2013, this building is dedicated to the memory of Al Leighton. The Visitor’s Center houses the Grady Machine Shop from the home of Chester Grady in Belfast, Maine. The Visitor’s Center is also the home of our Lombard Log Hauler—the only known    licensed steam-powered log hauler running today! 

2.   Museum Store—Purchase a special item from local artists. Snacks, water, and bug spray available!

3.  The Shingle Mill—Watch how shingles were made!

4.  1920’s Saw Mill Complex—The rotary sawmill and shingle mill were built by Hackett and Witham, donated by the Ray Harvile Family.

5.  Covered Bridge—This bridge was covered to protect timber, and patterned after Ithiel’s “lattice truss” developed in 1819.

6.  Caretaker’s Cabin—Private residence and independent off grid home for the caretaker.

7.  Grounds of Civil War Encampment— During our annual events, Living History Days, Civil War reenactors visit!

8.  1790’s Flag—The original Stars and Stripes was amended to 15 stars when Vermont and Kentucky joined the Union.

9.  Water Hand Pump—Quench your thirst with our working water pump!

10.  Smokehouses—The first commercial alewife historic cold-smokehouse replica of an 1840’s smokehouse. Visit during our Bradley Alewife Festival and try some smoked snacks!

11.  Settler’s Cabin—The first concerns of settlers was shelter, and an entire family would live in this size dwelling.

12.  Trapper’s Cabin—Trapping began with native peoples out of necessity, and turned into a source of trade and profit.

13.  Fishway—This type of ladder is called a pool and weir system. Alewives were believed to be present prior to European settlement. Come see the alewives run during our annual festival in May!

14.  Mill Dam—This site was chosen because of the narrow ledge and small drop to provide the mill with power.

15.  Batteau—A wooden river boat used to move people and supplies down river during log drives. Rowed by four people while two steered.

16.  Garden—Traditional gardens were planted with seeds Early Settler’s brought with them. We plant a Three Sisters garden: squash, beans, and corn.

17.  Early Settler’s House—The architecture of this building uses a post and beam style. Improved from the cabin, the people that dwelled here spent time making and repairing cloth.

18.  Nature Trail—Trail Head. Follow the Blue Dots down Mrs. White’s Trail (White Trail) for a 45-minute hike.

19.  Hovel—A hovel is a temporary barn used to house oxen or horses while lumber workers operated in the woods.

20.  The Blacksmith Shop—The smithy was the heart of many logging villages used to create and repaired tools needed for living. Join us for classes throughout the year!

21.  Bean Hole Beans—Our beans made by our Bean Master cook in hot coals underground for 24 hours. Try them at our events!

22.  Sawmill—Water powered saw-mills were the heart of many Maine towns from the 1700’s until the present. It consists of a waterwheel, gearing, saw sash (frame that carries the blade), and log carriage. It is the only wooden geared mill in the US!

23.  Mill Pond & Sluice Way —One of the most important features of the water mill, water retained in the pond represents the potential energy for the mill. Then the water travels down the sluice, turning the gears as the water flows, an integral part to power the mill.

24.  Saw Pit —A technique practiced since ancient times, this method relies on two people with one at the top and one in the pit, sawing up and down.