I love it to see old homes saved from the demolition ball. Really that goes for any old structure. They are a part of our history and it always kills me to see some beautiful old home or building torn down.
One of the structures you often see abandoned and going to ruin are old mills so I was excited to come across one that had been saved in a beautiful way, turned into a lovely home and Bed and Breakfast by Ron and Judy Hezel.
Ron Hezel grew up reading The Hardy Boys and dreamed of having a home with secret tunnels and passages. I smiled when I read that because I grew up reading Nancy Drew books and totally romanticized the idea of being a detective or spy and navigating hidden passages. Did you do that, too?
The big, historic church I attended as a child had some dark, hidden away passages and as kids we used to sneak through them, using them as shortcuts to other areas of the church. We thought we were so clever navigating those areas that were probably normally accessed only by the maintenance crew the church kept on staff. It was my Nancy Drew imagination that made it so much fun.
Ron’s wife, Judy hoped for a home near a waterfall. Both Judy and Ron had their dreams fulfilled when they purchased a wonderful old stone grist mill located along side the Mohawk River inlet Timmerman Creek.
The mill was constructed in 1835 and was in operation until 1930, but sadly it had been sitting empty for years. After purchasing the mill, the Hezels who lived in New York City at the time, made the 4-hour drive each weekend to work on it.
They turned the mill into a Bed and Breakfast preserving as much as possible as it was back in the day, including the stone and brick walls and the beautiful wood floors.They even went so far as to create removable panels for one of the bathroom walls so the writings the workmen had scribbled on the walls while working, could easily be accessed and viewed at any time. Apparently, the workers had done a lot of math and other calculations right on the walls of the mill.
Let’s go inside and take a tour!
Talk about counter space! I don’t think any cook would complain about lack of counter space and storage in this kitchen!
Hanging over the kitchen island are the original grain funnels.
Love those old stone walls and the beautiful old wood floors and beams.
A bolter sifter…can you just imagine the last time those wheels turned, who was standing there operating it, what it sounded like. I wish we could see that for just a moment.
Wonder if the skylights were original? I bet they were since the town and the mill didn’t have electricity until 1898.
Imagine taking a luxurious bath here with the sun beaming down.
A place to work out…
I love this picture. Look at the depth of that windowsill! Seriously thick walls. They probably didn’t even need insulation with walls that thick!
You can read more about the history of the mill and see many more pictures (with descriptions) of the mill the other cottages on the property at the website where I found these photos here: The 1830 St. Johnsonville Stone Mill