Friday, July 5, 2013

Tour of the Cavendish Hydro Plant and Fitton Mill

Many are not aware that just before the Cavendish Gorge and Hydro Dam, on the Black River, was located one of the most productive mills in Vermont. Called Spring Mill, but better known as Fitton’s Mill, it started operation in 1867. The Mill complex included tenement houses as well as a boarding house.  A short lived operation, the mill burned in 1875. When two other Fitton buildings burned later, it was suspected that the mill owner, Robert Fitton, had committed arson to collect the insurance.

The Cavendish Historical Society, in conjunction with Green Mountain Power, is hosting a tour of the Fitton Mill, with archaeologist Charity Baker, and the Cavendish Hydro Plant on July 27 at 9 am. While this is a free event, space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 802-226-7807 or e-mailing 
Building of the Hydro Dam on the Black River in Cavendish

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