Blow-Me-Down Mill

When I was out hunting covered bridges this summer, I went in search of the Blow-Me-Down Bridge, which I found and photographed. In my travels, I saw signs for the Blow-Me-Down Mill. It was a busy day and I didn’t take time to go check it out.

Later, I remembered the mill and decided to do a search on it. Only then did I realize what a mistake I’d made. Recently, I was in the area and went searching for it. It was on the main road but not well marked. This means I drove around for 20 minutes passing it twice before I found it. I’m glad I came in the fall because I imagine if the tree on the left had all of its leaves, we’d not be able to see the stonework on the mill.

The bridge and mill take their name for being located on the Blow-Me-Down Brook. I have no idea how the brook acquired that name. “(Well,) blow me down” is an idiom someone might say when you have just told them something surprising, shocking, or unexpected. I remember Popeye said this in the old cartoons.

34 thoughts on “Blow-Me-Down Mill

    1. Tokens of Companionship

      It’s owned by the National Park Service, but I don’t think it’s in use. It’s part of the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. Cornish would be a long drive for you, but if you’re in the area on a nice day, it’s a wonderful place to walk around! The mill itself was designed by the famous New York firm of McKim, Mead, and White, for wealthy landowner Charles Beaman, who founded the Cornish Art Colony.

  1. Footprints

    This is a truly beautiful place. I love the stonework on the building. The autumn setting seems like a perfect time for this photo. I like looking through the trees to see the building. Nice work!


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