Restoration Work Underway On Ancient Wooden Sleigh
May 11, 2018
In the first mild weather of spring, after the northeaster storms of early March, historical archaeologist David S. Wheelock threw open the doors to a shed attached to the Wing Fort House on Spring Hill Road in East Sandwich and let the antique wooden sleigh he had stored through the winter see the light of day.
The well-worn, square-bodied sleigh, which dates back to the early 1800s, came to Mr. Wheelock’s attention as he was working to repair the old grist mill next to the Grange Hall next to the Benjamin Nye Homestead and Museum on Old County Road...
Historian John Nye Cullity, executive director of the Nye Family association, talks to the Sandwich Enterprise about the importance of country mills in this area, the history of the mill on the grounds of the Benjamin Nye Homestead, and the current restoration project of the mill.
"For 12 years, in what can arguably be called the lowest point in its history, the basement of the old mill on Old County Road in East Sandwich, now part of the Nye Family Homestead and Museum, was filled with a foot of water..."