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Cornell Mill Water Wheel to Be Restored

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--May 16, 2011.

Having served as an emblem of the Missisquoi Museum for nearly forty years, the Cornell Mill waterwheel, in great need of repair, has been carefully dismantled and will be back in service in the fall.

larger_waterwheel_1_cropped.jpgConstructed in the winters of 1972 and 1973, this 10-foot wooden waterwheel’s cost including installation was about $3,000. and was partially financed by the Federal Local Initiatives Program.

Photographs representing the back of the Cornell Mill, the mill dam and the imposing waterwheel have been featured in all promotional folders of the Missisquoi Museum and also in many Eastern Townships’ brochures. It was chosen, with four other mills in Canada, to illustrate a series of postal stamps commissioned by Canada Post.

The dismantling of this huge masterpiece of workmanship was quite an endeavour but of great importance to the Missisquoi Historical Society, owner of the Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the history of Missisquoi County.

The complete historical facts concerning the waterwheel are related in an article contained in Volume 13 of the Missisquoi Historical Society Reports available at the Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East, open every day from May 29th through to October 10. This volume can also be ordered online (www. missisquoimuseum.ca).

For further information, you may contact the museum’s archivist, Judy Antle at 450 248-3153 or jantle@missisquoimuseum.ca.