The Old Grist Mills of New England

Old Grist Mill Vermont

Grist Mills – Before flour came in convenient sized bags and in a zillion versions like wheat,  whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free, rye, potato, rice, pastry, corn meal etc.

Today its easy to shop for pre-ground flour.
Modern supermarkets offer a wide selection of specialty flours at your finger tips.

In the old days you had to grown your own grain, harvest it, dry it, separate the grain from the plant and take it to the local grist mill to have it ground into flour bay a water powered contraption between two giant stone disks called mill stones.  How much stone dust do you think people back then ate?

A gristmill (also: grist mill, corn mill or flour mill) grinds grain into flour. The term can refer to both the grinding mechanism and the building that holds it.

Whole communities sprang up around the available water sources and grist mills were such an important part of every day life that many have survived today and even more mill stones are around decorating people gardens or used as front steps.

Here is a collection of some of the mills I’ve photographed around New England.

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Old Grist Mill Vermont
Old Grist Mill Vermont by Edward M. Fielding

Located on Granby Road (just off Route 102) in Guildhall, Vermont, the Old Guildhall Grist Mill. In Guildhall was the Bailey Grist Mill was built below what is reputed to be the first wing dam built in the Connecticut. It was in operation until 1844. According to a petition submitted by one Enoch Bartlett to the Council and Representatives of the State of New Hampshire in 1780, the iron work, mill stones, gears, and other building materials, were plundered from a mill located on Dean Brook in Northumberland and transported across the Connecticut River for use in the Bailey mill.

More photographs of old grist mills from around New England can be found on Edward M. Fielding’s online portfolio of fine art photographs from around New England and beyond – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/mill


Abandoned New Hampshire – Fine art photographs of the forgotten

Abandoned Factory in New Hampshire

Abandoned New Hampshire – All over New Hampshire are relics of the past. Forgotten and abandoned farm equipment, farms, house, barns, sugar shacks, outbuildings, outhouses, cars, cemeteries and sometimes even whole towns.

Left to decay and rot away. Sometimes its a new opportunity that causes people to leave it all behind. Other times is just the convenience, lack of zoning or the lack of the concept of a town landfill and recycling. Sometimes it is a death or a bankruptcy or a stock market downturn.

Redneck Landscaping
View out the back porch – Redneck Landscaping

See the Abandoned Collection here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/abandoned

 

The Abandoned Garage Full of Old Cars

Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire
Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire – fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding

This relic from the past sits in front of an old Ford dealership in Weare, New Hampshire.

“I’ve been told the building you see there was built in 1930 and replaced one that burned down. The business was started by Maurice Grant in 1919 in an old grist mill. Later Maurice’s brother Leon took over the business and Maurice went on to become the owner of State Motors in Manchester…it was called “South Weare Garage”, the first Ford dealership in New Hampshire; this dealership was chartered by Henry Ford himself, who visited Weare on more than one occasion.”

The Former Woolen Factory

Fine art photography of an abandoned factory
The former Hartford Woolen Mill in Newport, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

This abandoned former woolen mill is now serving as a canvas for the local rural New Hampshire aspiring graffiti artists.

Currently a brownsfield site being monitored by NH Environmental Services.  The 3.8-acre site is the location of an abandoned 19th century woolen mill building approximately 12,000 square feet in size. Several wooden roof beams of the former mill building have rotted, and the building is in a general state of disrepair. The site was most recently owned by the late Christi Ambargis. Ambargis acquired title to the property from the Hartford Woolen Company in January 1960. Ambargis held title to the property until his death in 1996, at which time the property passed to his wife. She renounced and
relinquished any ownership of the property due to considerable tax liens levied against it for non-payment of taxes, and potential liability for the clean-up and remediation of environmental contamination. In 2000, a tax deed certified the town as the site owner.

Ambargis reportedly collected used oil from various sources and stored the material at the site for intended use in a fuel-blending project.

Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding
Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

Abandoned Train Bridge

Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire
Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

When railroads go bankrupt, their track beds and bridges are usually forfeited and sit idle until the state decides that no new train is coming anytime soon and they are turned into multi-use trails for hiking, skiing, biking, ATVs and snowmobiling.

The old Concord to Claremont Line follows the Sugar River and has an impressive array of steel truss and wooden covered bridges along its section between Newport and Claremont.

The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont.  Currently The Claremont and Concord Railroad now operates on a short line between Claremont Junction on the main line to Claremont. 9 miles (14 km) of the line between Claremont and Newport is now the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, owned and managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Abandoned Farm Equipment

Abandoned farm equipment can be found all over New Hampshire, even in the middle of the woods with trees growing through them.  You look around at the forest and think, how the heck did this get here?  Yet in 40 or 50 years a cleared farm field can revert to forest erasing all traces of the farm save for the stone walls and rusty old farm equipment.

People salvage these old rusty plows and haying equipment for garden ornaments but it can be dangerous trying to pry some of this old stuff from the forest’s grip.  A few years back a guy trying to salvage some old equipment from the woods died.  He got cut in half when the equipment gave way  expectantly and his winch yanked part of a hay baler into his midsection.

Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm
Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm

Old barns, sheds, and sugar shacks are also commonly found all over rural New Hampshire.

Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding
Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding

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Old Ford Vintage Tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photography

Old vintage tractors live and breath in Springfield, New Hampshire.  I found this wonderful old, patina-ed Ford red and white vintage tractor working on building up a wood pile in a woodlot.

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of vintage tractors in Vermont, New Hampshire and all around New England,  including a few as far north as Prince Edward Island, Canada.  You can see the entire collection at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor
Old Ford Vintage Tractor, Springfield, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

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The Ford N-Series tractors are a series of farm tractors that were produced by Ford between 1939 and 1952, spanning the 9N2N, and 8N models.

The 9N was the first American-made production-model tractor to incorporate Harry Ferguson’s three-point hitch system, a design still used on most modern tractors today. It was released in October 1939. The 2N, introduced in 1942, was the 9N with some improved details. The 8N, which debuted in July 1947, was a largely new machine featuring more power and an improved transmission. It proved to be the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America.

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Beautiful Vintage Tractors

Vintage Tractors Farm to Table decor

Beautiful vintage tractor photography by Edward M. Fielding. See the entire portfolio of vintage tractor photographs and artwork available as prints, greeting cards, framed artwork, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic museum quality artwork with a 30 day money back guarantee.

https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/vintage+tractors

Old tractor in the snow
Classic New England scenery with vintage red tractor, snow and an old red barn.
Beautiful Farmhouse Interior
Beautiful Farmhouse Interior
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor
New Hampshire Vintage Tractor
Cornish Vintage Tractor
Old Tractor Quechee Vermont
Rusty old Ford Tractor
Rusty old Ford Tractor, copper frame.
Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor by Edward M. Fielding – 12 x 12 shown.
Vintage Ford Tractor Tilt Shift by Edward M. Fielding
John Deere Green Tractor Vintage Style by Edward M. Fielding
John Deere Green Tractor Vintage Style by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Barnwood frames available
Barnwood frames available
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from - or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from – or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
MH20- Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding
MH20- Old Farmall tractor in the field by Edward M. Fielding
Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding
Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding Modern Farm House Style Decor
MH03 Old Tractor and Barn by Edward M. Fieldng
MH03 Old Tractor and Barn by Edward M. Fieldng
Photographs of old tractors
Photographs of old tractors by Edward M. Fielding – Modern Farm House Style Decor
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print – Modern Farm House Style Decor
Old Tractor Black and White Square
Old Tractor Black and White Square

Vintage tractors photographed by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. “I don’t think I can drive past an old tractor in the field, up by the barn or resting in the back forty without stopping to take a photograph.” says New Hampshire based photographer Edward M. Fielding. “The amazing machine’s are the lifeblood of the farm. Farmers use them for all sorts of chores around the farm, basically taking the place of oxen of old, and unlike the family car hidden away from the elements in the garage, these machine often spend their life out doors getting dirty and grimy. Getting rained on, snowed on and so on but they continue to faithfully do the work around the farm for decades if not for generations. Lots of personality can be found in these old machines.”

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of farm life around New England and Upstate New York by photographer Edward M. Fielding featuring scenes of country and rural life including landscapes, barns, farms, agricultural scenes, livestock, buildings, farm houses, crops, fields, silos, back roads, country lanes and everyday life in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and beyond. Edward M. Fielding is an award winning artist whose fine art photography can be seen Internationally on the pages of magazines and book covers as well as in galleries and private collections in the New England region.

Over 4,500 images from Edward M. Fielding are also available as framed and matted artwork, metal prints, canvas prints and more via his portfolio on Pixels.com at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Out of the Past – Vintage Car Photography by Edward M. Fielding

Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding
Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding

One of my personal favorite photographs.  This classic old car was parked in a lot just over the Connecticut River from West Lebanon, New Hampshire in White River Junction Vermont.

It is gone now.  Moved somewhere unknown as the auto repair business that occupied the lot and stored its “future projects” cars has pushed out by a new development and a new bridge.  Suddenly “down by railroad tracks” was suddenly valuable property as the state installed a new bridge and the economy improved.

Glad I could capture this image while it existed.  And I revisited the same spot in different seasons over the year.  This winter scene with the snow and selective color is one of my favorite within the series.

Old Car Coffee Mug
Old Car Coffee Mug

Prints either rolled in a tube or matted and framed, canvas, metal or acrylic prints are available as well as products such as coffee mugs, t-shirt, tote bags, throw pillows and more.

 

 

 

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More old vintage car and truck photography here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car

Home Sweet Home Fine Art Photographs

Home on the range by Edward M. Fielding

Where do you call home? 

Whether you live in a mansion, a log cabin, a cottage at the beach, a home on the lake, a trailer, or an old family homestead, we all have that place we call home.  It might not even be the place we currently live.  It might not be the apartment, hotel room, dorm room or friend’s sofa we are currently dwelling.  It might be the place we grew up.  Here is a selection of home photographs from the portfolio of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

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A classic western frontier log cabin preserved at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.  Bozeman is a city in southern Montana, in the Rocky Mountains. Downtown, Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies traces the area’s history and mounts special exhibitions. It houses the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, with a notable collection of T. rex specimens, and a planetarium. The nearby Bridger Range, to the north, and the Spanish Peaks, to the south, have trails for skiing, biking and hiking.

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Your home might be a classic old vintage Airstream travel trailer.  Airstream is an American brand of Travel trailers which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded, polished aluminum coachwork.

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Or your home might be a mansion.  A classic large mansion with columns at the end of a long tree lined driveway. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate is located at 421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown, Connecticut. It is a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) classical revival house situated on 103 acres (0.42 km2) wooded area.

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Or your home could be on the beach in Prince Edward Island, a victim of the shifting sands and coastal storms.

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Or a beautifully restored Victorian house in Augusta, Maine.

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Or a mansion in Vermont. Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln, located at 820 Hildene Road in Manchester, Vermont.

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Or a former U.S. president’s summer home.  Roosevelt Campobello International Park preserves the house and surrounding landscape of the summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and their family. It is located on the southern tip of Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and is connected to the mainland by the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, at Lubec, Maine in the United States.

 

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Where ever your home is, there is someone waiting with the light on to guide your way back. More homes and houses – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/home
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They went home and told their wives,
that never once in all their lives,
had they known a girl like me,
But… They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But… They went home.

My praises were on all men’s lips,
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips,
they’d spend one night, or two or three.
But…
Maya Angelou

Behind the shot: The old washtub

The Old Washtub – One of my family heirlooms is an old copper tub with wooden handles. Made to go from wood stove to work as a washtub, the old copper pot has developed a beautiful green patina over the years.

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The old copper laundry tub has been used in still life photographs featuring a an old fashioned washboard as well as with a cute westie dog getting a bath.

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Dirty Dog Laundry Soap also features the old copper pot as a prop as well as Tiki the Westie.

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In “Old Washboard”, the copper patina wash tub plays a supporting role.

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Upside down the old washtub is a great platform for posing a cute Pug puppy dog in sun dress.

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Beach Cottages Along the Shoreline of Wells Maine

Edward Fielding sold a 12.000" x 6.750" print of Couple Sitting On An Old Jetty Siesta Key Beach Florida to a buyer from Phoenix, AZ.

Beach Cottages of the New England Coastline

I recently had a potential collector ask about my photograph of this row of Beach Cottages in Wells, Maine.  It’s interesting.  From my perspective as a photographer, I was interested in capturing and creating in post processing a feeling of summers at the beach in a row of old beach cottages that could represent a lot of places up and down the New England coastline.

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They wanted to know if it was Moody Beach or the beaches off of Atlantic Avenue.  I had to check the map to figure out exactly where it was taken.  Turns out it was Atlantic Avenue but for me it was just one leg of a fun road trip that started in Portsmouth, NH and meandered up the coast line stopping and exploring and ultimately leading to a great seafood dinner on the way home.  Off season exploring and an especially warm October weekend.

Most of the cottages appeared to be closed up for the season but there were a few people walking around enjoying some last season sun before Mother Nature drops into an long cold winter.

To me the two people walking towards the sun on the left makes this photograph.  Without them it would be a row of empty houses and perhaps have a more somber tone.  With the couple walking along, enjoying the beach the image speaks more to memories of a place, perhaps one from your youth or from a treasured vacation moment.

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My family had a cottage in a beach association just like this one.  It wasn’t on the water but it was a nice walk down the street with a red flyer wagon full of inflatable rafts, towels, beach blanket, pails, shovels, sunscreen and a few bucks for the ice cream man.

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My intent was creating an image that could represent anywhere and everywhere along the coast line where old fashioned non-existent zoning laws allowed cottages to be built right up to the water.  Dunes and climate change be damned, these summer houses were build up right before and then with gusto, after World War II when lumber started to become available again after the war time shortages.

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The hurricane of 1938 opened up a lot of lots along the shore front and human memory regarding catastrophic weather events is short lived.

Also called the Long Island Express, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century. The officially unnamed hurricane was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic on September 10, 1938, near the Cape Verde Islands.

The cottage my grandfather built, to the size of a two car garage because that was all the lumber allowed after WWII, on a tiny lot , was about a half mile from the beach and the water from subsequent hurricanes and storms typically stopped at the house next door.

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The houses directly on the beach at Chalker Beach, CT and other shoreline communities up and down the coast weren’t so lucky and a number were destroyed after Sandy.  But two or three years later, they are rebuilt, bigger than ever.  I guess good insurance policies or simply digging deeper into the bank account made sure of that.  There always seems to be a new generation with more money to pump into a house built on sand but with a million dollar view.

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Lazy Summer Days at the Beach Cottage

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Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print

Vintage Typewriter Print for sale
Vintage Typewriter Print for sale

Available as a print rolled in a tube for custom local framing or framed by our experts in one of hundreds of framing and matting combinations or as a canvas, acrylic, metal or wood print, “Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography” by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding makes a stunning statement in your home or office.

Bring your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
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The concept of a typewriter dates back at least to 1714, when Englishman Henry Mill filed a vaguely-worded patent for “an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another.”

But the first typewriter proven to have worked was built by the Italian Pellegrino Turri in 1808 for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano; unfortunately, we do not know what the machine looked like, but we do have specimens of letters written by the Countess on it. (For details, see Michael Adler’s excellent 1973 book The Writing Machine. Carey Wallace’s 2010 novel The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is based on the relationship between the Countess and Turri.)

Typewriters of this type were the word processors of the day and were found in every office and every up scale home. Today some writers and novelists still prefer to type out their books and letters using these reliable old mechanical machines with keys and ribbons of ink.

The photograph by Edward M. Fielding gives this old workhouse plenty of drama and weight using low key photography techniques in the studio.

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Low key light accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast.

Vintage Tractor Prints for Refined Rustic Decor

Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge

This fine art photograph of an old vintage tractor on  a farm in the rural New Hampshire town of Cornish makes a fine print for any modern farmhouse style of decor, refined rustic, cottage, country or farm decorating.

The sepia toned print by Edward M. Fielding looks great in an off white cream colored mat as shown below.  A recent customer purchased this large 24 x 30 inch print and matted, mounted on foam core for a client in  Woodbury, CT.  The client has an heirloom frame waiting for the print.

See all of the vintage tractor photographs in this collection:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vintage+tractor

Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style
Vintage Tractor Photography for that modern farmhouse style

I really like this combination of the off white mat and the sepia tone photograph as ordered by the designer.  It looks like an old vintage photograph even though this old tractor is still in use today on the Cornish farm.

Cornish you might know is famous for its covered bridges and the home of recluse writer JD Salinger who wrote “Catcher in the Rye” and is quoted as saying:

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
 
I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
 
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
Cornish has historically been a well-known summer resort for artists and writers. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens began coming to Cornish in 1885, seeking a studio away from the summer heat of New York City. Artist friends followed him, including painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish, who designed and built his estate, the Oaks, in the area. The surrounding area became the center of the popular Cornish Art Colony

Vintage tractor photographs from the New England area by Edward M. Fielding can be purchased in a wide variety of frames from simple black museum type metal frames to hundreds of wooden frames as well as printed on paper, canvas, metal, wood and acrylic as well as matching products such as throw pillows and tote bags.

Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from - or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.
Hundreds of frames and mat combinations to choose from – or get it printed on canvas, wood, or metal.

A nice large print of a vintage tractor with a cream colored mat and rustic barn wood framing looks great in a modern farmhouse decorated home as well as a stately office or hotel lobby.

 

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Barn wood frames available

Vintage tractor fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding can be ordered in all sorts of combinations of frames and mats.  Go big for a living room or go small for a guest bathroom.  You are only limited by your imagination on which frames you choose for your farmhouse look or go frame less for a more modern look with canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints or acrylic prints.

Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame
Vintage Tractor with elaborate frame

See all of the great vintage tractor and farming fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding in this portfolio – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm