To ensure a high safety factor in the flooring at maximum visitor occupancy, the Sawmill is currently closed for upgrades to its foundation. An engineering study was completed, technical drawings were prepared, and work has begun.
We hope to reopen the Sawmill at the end of August in support of the Erie County EC200 Program (Bicentennial).
We thank Alp Steel of Buffalo (www.AlpSteel.com) for their donation of steel beams for use under the flooring, and we thank General Welding of Elma (www.GWFab.com) for donation of custom-made steel brackets for the Sawmill walkway.
Built by members of the Society, the 1846 Sawmill serves as an educational experience for young and old alike. The Sawmill is directly behind the Hurd House Museum.
Please view the photo slideshow below which shows the building of the wooden water wheel and the restoration of the Sawmill building from 2009-to-2011.
To view the slideshow manually, click on the image, then arrow right & left.
Featured in the slidehow are: Frank Maciejewski, current Town Historian; Fred Streif, Mill Operations Trustee; and the late Donald Moeller, a highly-talented local woodworker.
Employees of the Town Of Elma Highway and Water Departments assisted, as did volunteers from Elma and surrounding areas of Erie County.