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Barton’s Mill Historic Roadside Marker unveiling

Oil of Barton’s Mill by Martha Allen Formel.
July 22, 2019 02:55 pm

CLAVERACK — The Barton’s Mill Historic Roadside Marker Unveiling and Commemoration will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27 at 2136 County Route 11 (Martindale Road), Claverack. The public is invited to this free event. The historic marker is made possible by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. The Claverack Historic Society is a sponsor of the Barton’s Mill Historic Roadside Marker Unveiling and Commemoration.

Barton’s Mill, also known locally as the Mill at Green Hole, was one of the earliest water powered grist and lumber mills, and cider presses in the area. The mill is located on the eastern tributary (East creek) of the Agawamuck Creek which has a natural drop and plenty of year round waterpower. Van Rensselaer’s held the first patent for the land that included the mill site, and early records indicate a prelease mill operation there around 1700. The Barton family, proprietors of the complex from 1832-1990, sold the mill to a sea captain.

On July 27, Captain Formel, the current owner of the mill, will present the history of Barton’s Mill, and mills in the town of Claverack. The Captain has given nearly 30 years researching and personally restoring the complex which today is reminiscent of the original, a fully functional, fully water powered milling operation.

The Barton’s Mill Program will begin at 11 a.m. with welcome remarks and introductions of guests by Jeane LaPorta, public Historian Town of Claverack. Claverack Town Supervisor, Clifford Weigelt and representatives from New York will offer remarks.

The accomplishment of the historic marker award by the William G.. Pomeroy Foundation requires authentic historic accuracy by primary source documentation in order to be considered for the award of the historic marker. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is dedicated to helping people to celebrate their community’s history by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques. Vendors participating in the Barton’s Mill Marker event include: Columbia Tent, Love Apple Farm, Little Apple Cidery, Hudson Chatham Winery, Old Klaverack Brewery, Nine Pin Cider Works, Chatham Brewing.