The Hatch Mill restoration project has been funded with the assistance of matching funds from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, a division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Secretary pending reauthorization of the capital accounts and the availability of sufficient allocated funds.
Award Winning Documentary
by Michael F. DuBois, a senior at Marshfield High School
Recipient of the Plymouth Independent Film Festival's
Best Cinematography and Best Documentary Awards
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Duncan Howard Frazee Memorial Park and Gardens Projects
We are very honored to have his heartfelt project as our neighbor to the historic Hatch Mill.
Hatch Mill Restoration & Preservation Group Inc. Gants, Awards, Donations and Campaigns
SFSB lowers interest by 3% on note/mortgage
SFSB, $500 donation
2004-2006 donations & in-kind service $45,736
Directors paid down mortgage, 2004-2010 $17,563
2007 CPA Award $120,250
2007 MHC MPPF matching grant $50,000
2010 SFSB & HMR&PG, matching dollar for dollar $24,729.60
20010 MHC $40,000 emergency stabilization matching grant
2007-2012 Donations & in-kind service $45,470
Two Mile, Marshfield MA
are pleased to announce the establishment of the Hatch Mill Restoration & Preservation Group, Inc. created to restore Marshfield's Hatch
Mill into a working educational site.
are looking for volunteers of many talents including those with carpentry/craftsman skills, those with office skills including computer
and auto cad competence and those with generous, big hearts to donate
time, food and money to this exciting effort.
we ask all curious and well-wishing visitors to refrain from visiting
the site. It is not secure and we wish to be courteous to our neighbors.
If you wish to volunteer, please send us an email telling us how you would like to participate.
We will keep you informed and notify you when we can take advantage
of your offer,
We wish to thank Scituate Federal Savings Bank, for their incentive for the Matching Dollar for Dollar Campain, getting the mortage of the Hatch Mill paid off, by raising $24,729.60, retiring the mortgage.
We accept donations mailed to Hatch Mill P.O.Box 7 Marshfield, MA 02050
Up and Down Saw Club
William Barry and William Fornaciari
Carl & Pauline Emilson
Jack & Beth Griffin
A. W.Perry Co.
Benfamil Charible Trust
Paul & Jill Armstrong
Susan Bryant Hayes
Rev. Mark Hatch
Scituate Federal Savings Bank
Hatch Family members
John & Florence Miller
Jose & Liz Carreiro
Water Wheel Club
John and Helen Baithwaite
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Cornwell
Michael and Julie Burrey
Bob & Ruth Fobes
Sydney & Cindy Schultz
Robert & Kathleen Carr
Donald & Rosalie Keslsey
Hatch Pond Club
Rorbert & Helen Demers
Betty Jane & Betsy Babcock
Mr. & Mrs. Haskins
Circlar Saw Club
Ron & Pat Messer
Susan & Michael Wolfe
Jean & Jack Christensen
Carey Family Nominee Trust
Wayne & Ann Thomas
Paul & Kathy Trubiano
Susan & Bruce Freden
James & Katherine Mc Hugh
Walter Gray Jr
Bob & Crystal English
Gary & Elizabeth Stacey
Wayne & Carolyn Oxner
Clyde & Dorothy Hatch
Robert & Judith Mc Cracken
Cedar Roof Club
Richard & Edith Barzely
The Commesso Family
Rick & Lara Brown
Ed Mc Pherson
Rick and Lara Brown
Southern Redi- Mix Corp.
Inner focus/ Productions
Dream of the Woods Productions
Robert E. Jackman
Joseph G. Weinman
Micheal Burrey and Jim Kricker, both nationally know timber framers, at the Hatch Mill.
Jim grew up in the Catskill Mountain - Hudson Valley region of New York State where he spent his early years in the shops of his father and grandfather. It was here that he developed a deep appreciation for traditional craft, tools, and historic building. Jim undertook his first mill project in the early 70’s. It was while doing research for this project that he met Master Miller Charlie Howell, who was to become a life long friend and mentor.
Along a somewhat parallel trajectory came a keen interest in wooden sailing craft. Jim has avidly pursued both interests and branched out in complimentary directions with Rondout Woodworking.
Along with his 40+ years of experience, much with Rondout Woodworking, Jim has been involved with SPOOM, the Timber Framer’s Guild, Hands House Studio, and other historic building groups, working as an on site project leader, educator, and speaker. Through these combined activities Jim has followed his passion for building and historic preservation.
The Hatch Mill, built in 1753, is the last remaining water-powered saw mill on the North River. It is a piece of the living history for Marshfield, towns of the South Shore, New England, and America. Today, the North River is filled with recreational boats, but in the 17th and 18th century it was bustling with the industry of boat building and related trades. The North River is the "river that launched a thousand ships." The Columbia was launched on the North River and sailed to the Pacific Northwest under Captain Robert Gray. In 1792, Captain Gray discovered the Columbia River and named it after the ship. In 1790, it became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. Today, only plaques remain of the many shipyards that once built the ships that sailed to open the great American west. The wood used by these shipyards was local timber sawn by the many saw mills on both sides of the North River. The Hatch Mill, a water-powered up-and-down sash saw mill, still stands beside its mill pond and represents this glorious New England and American History
There are people all around the country whose roots go back to this history. I know because I live in a house that also has a long history, the Cornet Stetson House, built in 1690 and located directly across the North River from a home built by Walter Hatch in 1647, before the time of the Hatch Mill, as depicted in Sarah Messer's book The Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continuously Lived-in House. The Stetson and Hatch kindred is huge, and their roots go back to both homes along the North River. Cornet Stetson built one of the earliest sash saw mills in America, and many of the boards in our home have the up-and-down saw marks which are specific to that type of saw mill and time. Boards that do not have these marks are replacement boards from a later time. The history of the building of this early American home can be read through the saw marks on the boards.
The significance of early saw mills, such as the Hatch Mill, to the building and growth of America is not fully understood or appreciated. Imagine if we did not have easy access to lumber. Home Depot, Lowe's, the many local lumber yards and saw mills such as Copeland Brothers and Taylor Lumber in Marshfield and the hundreds of homes being built on the South Shore are an everyday testament to the significance of the history of the Hatch Mill saw mill.
It is important to understand our history. We stand on the shoulders of those before us. History helps us to understand who we are, and where we live. It is especially significant to experience history, to be able to touch and see and feel history. Living in a 300 year old home, I experience history every time I walk through my house. I feel generations before me who lived and worked in this same space. I can envisage someone's hands using tools to make the structure. I can sense the smell of food cooking in the large open fireplace. For 300 years, generations of families ate, slept and worked in the place where I now eat, sleep and work. My home is a living history.
The Hatch Mill is also living history. It represents all the stories of the many mills that once lined the North River and all the jobs and people that worked in those mills. Once a building is gone, that living history is lost forever. We must save the Hatch Mill for the future. It is our responsibility to our past. When it is restored it will be a place of living history as well as an educational center and museum for the preservation and teaching of traditional technologies and trades such as timber framing, boat building, and furniture making.
-Laura and Rick Brown
Co-founders of Handhouse Studio, Norwell, MA