Historic Cecil's Old Mill
Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, MD, USA
Historic Cecil's Old Mill Great Mills Reviews
A Historic Sawmill Dec 10, 2008
The current sawmill began operation in 1900. However, its waterwheel dates back to the original mill which opened in 1810. The three original owners hoped to have a successful textile mill; the poor soil in the area confounded their plan and led to its conversion into just a saw and gristmill. 1940 saw the end of the gristmill; 19 years later the sawmill suffered the same fate upon the death of the owner.
However, the Cecil family donated the mill to the St. Mary's County Historical Society. In 1978 the mill received a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years restorations took place, first to the mill's engine, then the sawmill, and finally in 2002 the waterwheel.
Today the sawmill only operates once or twice a year. Visitors come mainly to peruse the store inside, filled with crafts created by local artists.
If you are staying in St. Mary's County especially in the Great Mills or Leonardtown area, I think the mill is a nice place to look for handmade gifts. If you like visiting historic places, it also holds some interest with a few placards explaining the mill's past. It is not somewhere I would go far out of my way to visit though.
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