HARRISON — Scribners Mill Preservation will host local fiber crafters and give tours of the sawmill from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Scribners Mill homestead on Scribners Mill Road.

The blacksmith shop will be in operation with Rich Hollman at the forge.

Demonstrated crafts will include spinning, weaving, Swedish weaving, basketry, cross stitch, quilting and fiber preparation. Crafters will be able to demonstrate, buy, swap, sell or socialize.

The 2:30 p.m. tour of the mill will include a demonstration of the 19th century machinery used to make parts for dry barrels, which were manufactured at the mill from 1896 to 1938 for the local apple industry. In 1938, New England experienced a deep freeze that destroyed apple trees, ending the production of barrels at the mill.

The production of shingles was a staple of the mill from its beginning in 1847 until its close in 1962. The shingle mill is located in the long shed, which was originally built to store shingles. Demonstrations of the shingle mill will take place around 3 p.m.

The 1849 Scribner Homestead will also be open for guided tours by Martha Denison, a sixth generation Scribner. She will share the story of her ancestors who lived in the homestead and how their home was an integral part of the mill site.

Adult admission costs $5.

FMI: www.scribnersmill.org, 207-583-6455.


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