Historic Hope: Mill Pond and sawmill
Mill Pond in the photograph, south of Route 17 at South Hope, is no longer visible. The dam, like so many, washed out long ago, and the course of its source, Quiggle Brook, is now obscured by trees. The earliest mill on the site may have been Ephraim Bowley’s sawmill. Upstream, on the other side of present-day Route 17, was Able Fish’s grist mill, fed by water from Fish Pond. The mill structure seen in this picture is known as Halver Hart’s Mill. This building was actually the second story of the former South Hope Manufacturing Company, which was cut down and moved to the site by the dam, where Charles Fish installed the mill wheel.