Bedford Mills
Old Gristmill at Bedford Mills
photo by: Ken Watson, 2002

This gristmill was built by a Mr. Stanton for William Chaffey in 1848 on property owned by Benjamin Tett. It was Benjamin Tett who in 1829 recognized the power potential of the 30 foot drop of water, known as "Buttermilk Falls", between Devil Lake and Loon Lake. He built his first sawmill here at that time and in 1831 received title to the land and in 1832 received water rights to the falls. A small community which was to be known as Bedford Mills began to grow.

Today Bedford Mills is a sleepy rural residencial area and the stone gristmill built by Mr. Stanton continues to be used, now as a beautiful private residence.

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This page was last updated on: July 27, 2002
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