After an eager start on the Mill in 2011, which saw the derelict portion of the building removed, the foundations and joists restored, and solar installed the roof, there was a change in our access to the building that ground development to a halt for five frustrating years. In November, 2016, we called a Town Meeting in Castleton to get feedback and to gauge local support and interest for continuing with development of the Mill.
Fortunately in October 2011, when work began to really happen on the mill, we did not have Superstorm Sandy to contend with! Our initial challenge was dealing with the mess the flood of 1986 had left in the lowest storey of the mill, which is a sort of ‘walk-out’ basement. The back, eastern end of the building was an ‘extension’ built over the water wheel; originally, water travelled from the huge pond at some distance through a wooden trestle, and then dropped some 30 feet to the wheel below.
There is a lot of metaphor in this project — a fact which has been screaming home to me today as I began to deal with blowing the back, unsupported structure off the main body of the mill.