Extension, Pine St, Marshfield, MA 02050, USA
The last remaining water-powered mill on the North River.
The Hatch Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration is underway. Ultimately, visitors will be able to get up-close views of this historic sawmill.
Members of the Hatch family, who lived in the immediate vicinity, operated this mill for over 200 years. Deacon Joel Hatch built it originally as a grist mill. It stood adjacent to his family home, known today as the Red House. The mill became a sawmill in 1812, toward the end of the North River’s very prosperous shipbuilding era, utilizing an up-and-down saw based on a 14th century design. During the Civil War, wooden boxes were milled here, and then used to ship boots to Union soldiers fighting in the South. In 1872, a circular saw replaced the up-and-down saw. A turbine water wheel was installed as well. Many of the homes in this area still contain wood milled at the property.
The Hatch family ceased its operations at the mill in 1965, but shortly thereafter, the property was purchased by the town’s historical society. Restoration projects came and went for many years, culminating with the sale of the property to the late Roy Kirby and his partners, Jack and Bob Clancy, for $1, with the condition that they would take over the $40,000 mortgage, restore the mill, and leave the land undeveloped. Since then, many other residents and craftsmen joined the project, including preservation carpenters from North Bennet Street School, expert preservationist Michael Burrey of Plymouth, Rondout Woodworking of New York, and students in the Building and Construction elective program at Marshfield High School. The restoration project continues . . .
Habitats and Wildlife
Two Mile Brook flows through four manmade mill ponds before emptying in to the North River downstream of the Hatch Mill site.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: No
Size: 3.5 acres
Hours: Coming soon!
Parking: Limited on-site parking. Address is "Pine Street Extension, Marshfield."
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes