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Before the Revolutionary War, before George Washington was born, the Old Mill was serving bold, brave, hard working settlers around the world.

Research into the Old Mill's history show that as far back as 1655 the Old Mill site was used as a forge for the first iron works in Connecticut. Later, around 1700, after the iron in the area was depleted, it was used as a carding and fulling mill for preparation of home spun cloth.

Before the Civil War, circa 1840 ,the Old Mill was converted to a grist mill powered by the Farm River, grinding grain into flour for Connecticut farmers. This practice lasted for the next seventy five years. More recently, from 1915 to present, the Mill was used as a tea room, an antique shop, computer store and coffee house.