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The Old Mill & Blacksmith Shop in Baker(s)ville, Connecticut By William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast
A Place in time: Baker(s)ville, Connecticut
This 3-story steam-powered mill was built by John Scott Baker in 1859. It replaced a water-powered tannery on the same spo...
Used only for storage since its glory days before 1930
Through the glass A world we have lost
Let’s look inside. First floor
 
The way up 2 nd  floor
Second floor – cobwebs, vines & wheelwright parts
Machines and hand tools
Agrarian business and democracy
Ephemera in a drawer – A place in time
Jones’ Dance Hall: A flourishing social institutions ca 1885-1925
Men’s cloak room, stair hall, lady’s cloak room – grained & symmetrical
Graffiti: Allyn Sedgwick & Jane Smith, 1942
 
George Warren Jones’ Blacksmith shop.  The best-documented, most intact blacksmith’s shop in America!
George Warren Jones became renowned, but the story neither begins or ends there
Documentation is abundant. Goods & services were provided to more than 100 local families. Names include Birge, Bissell, E...
 
Born in 1861, George Jones continued in his father Warren Jones’ trade until 1955. He preserved the traditions of a vanish...
This is the ox sling in 1940. It gave Jones an edge for County Fairs
Attached to the shop is a 19 th  century outhouse.
The shop was part of a vigorous local and regional culture & economy.
Before  Coca Cola  and  Payless Shoes  there was  JE Larkin’s Shoes   & Hats in Winsted and  Canton Springs  Soda.  George...
This was the shop about 1946
The back sills need work / Weeds & brush need cutting;  some windows re-glazing – but the roof is good!
Tourists and children marveling at the experience of Jones’s shop about 1948. What inspired then can inspire again!
Save the Bakersville Blacksmith Shop Created by William Hosley for the New Hartford Historical Society wnhosley@snet.net  ...
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"The Old Mill & Blacksmith Shop in Bakersville, CT"

Join historian, preservationist and photographer William Hosley on an adventure of discovery as we revisit the Old Mill and Blacksmith Shop in Bakersville, two of Connecticut's most renowned historic landmarks. The story of the site begins in 1812 with Scott Baker’s first tannery building. Powered by water from a man-made reservoir on the hillside above, the tannery evolved into an agrarian age industrial complex that met many of the manufacturing and mechanical needs of the community. The buildings served many purposes over many years and became famous after World War II as George Warren Jones continued to operate the historic blacksmith shop – one of the last of its kind in operation in New England . In 1859, Scott Baker’s tannery was replaced by a large three-story mill building erected by his son John Scott Baker. Most memorably, George Jones developed the upper floor of the Old Mill into a Dance Hall – which for a generation was the social center of the town – featuring plays, visiting itinerant entertainers, political rallies, Christmas parties and more. This documentary includes interviews and recollections by family members, including Allyn Sedgwick who worked along side his grandfather in the blacksmith shop during the late 1930s and early 40s.

This is a short version trailer for a feature length program that includes oral history video clips.


For bookings or additional information contact William Hosley -

wnhosley@snet.net or the New Hartford Historical Society

Hosley and his consulting firm Terra Firma Northeast produces economical multi-media programs and marketing campaigns for historic preservation and to promote and educate about historic resources

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  1. 1. The Old Mill & Blacksmith Shop in Baker(s)ville, Connecticut By William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast
  2. 2. A Place in time: Baker(s)ville, Connecticut
  3. 3. This 3-story steam-powered mill was built by John Scott Baker in 1859. It replaced a water-powered tannery on the same spot built by his grandfather Scott Baker about 1812. Soft drinks, condensed milk, a tailor shop, lumber mill, wheelwright, shingle factory & cobbler’s shop and a renowned dance hall operated here over the years.
  4. 4. Used only for storage since its glory days before 1930
  5. 5. Through the glass A world we have lost
  6. 6. Let’s look inside. First floor
  7. 8. The way up 2 nd floor
  8. 9. Second floor – cobwebs, vines & wheelwright parts
  9. 10. Machines and hand tools
  10. 11. Agrarian business and democracy
  11. 12. Ephemera in a drawer – A place in time
  12. 13. Jones’ Dance Hall: A flourishing social institutions ca 1885-1925
  13. 14. Men’s cloak room, stair hall, lady’s cloak room – grained & symmetrical
  14. 15. Graffiti: Allyn Sedgwick & Jane Smith, 1942
  15. 17. George Warren Jones’ Blacksmith shop. The best-documented, most intact blacksmith’s shop in America!
  16. 18. George Warren Jones became renowned, but the story neither begins or ends there
  17. 19. Documentation is abundant. Goods & services were provided to more than 100 local families. Names include Birge, Bissell, Enright, Johnson, Merrill & Marsh
  18. 21. Born in 1861, George Jones continued in his father Warren Jones’ trade until 1955. He preserved the traditions of a vanishing world.
  19. 22. This is the ox sling in 1940. It gave Jones an edge for County Fairs
  20. 23. Attached to the shop is a 19 th century outhouse.
  21. 24. The shop was part of a vigorous local and regional culture & economy.
  22. 25. Before Coca Cola and Payless Shoes there was JE Larkin’s Shoes & Hats in Winsted and Canton Springs Soda. George Jones was part of a complex local economy and society.
  23. 26. This was the shop about 1946
  24. 27. The back sills need work / Weeds & brush need cutting; some windows re-glazing – but the roof is good!
  25. 28. Tourists and children marveling at the experience of Jones’s shop about 1948. What inspired then can inspire again!
  26. 29. Save the Bakersville Blacksmith Shop Created by William Hosley for the New Hartford Historical Society wnhosley@snet.net April 2006 / June 2011 Special Thanks to Scott Goff, Allyn & Tom Sedgwick, Gordon Ross
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