Nichols Satinet Mill Site

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Nichols Satinet Mill Site
NewtownCT NicholsSatinetMill 1.jpg
Front face of the mill dam
Location Address Restricted, Newtown, Connecticut
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1811 (1811)
NRHP Reference # 96000129[1]
Added to NRHP February 23, 1996

The Nichols Satinet Mill Site, also known as Site No. 97-14, is an historic industrial archeological site in Newtown, Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1]

It is also known as the Orchard Hill Mill Site and is the mill within the Orchard Hill Nature Center. The site was listed on the National Register more than a decade after local residents created the nature center.[2]

The site is owned by the town of Newtown. Listing was believed to increase the chance that it could become the focus of a dig by state archeologists. The site was owned by the Nichols family in the 1760s. The property includes two old dam and mill sites. The second-built dam on the site is a 30 feet (9.1 m)-high, 125 feet (38 m)-long structure made of granite blocks.[2]

The property was studied in 1983 by George W. Adams, with the assistance of Albert S. Knapp, in a study that led to creation of the nature center, consisting of about 32 acres (13 ha).[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Kaaren Valenta (April 12, 1996). "Orchard Hill Mill Site Named to National Register". Newtown Bee. Retrieved February 23, 2017.