About the Ledyard Sawmill

The Ledyard Up-Down sawmill is a rare surviving example of a technology that was once commonplace – a water-powered up-and-down, or sash-type sawmill.

The sawmill still operates using the original machinery that was installed in the 1870s;  some parts of the saw mechanism may be older.




The mill and surrounding property were purchased by of the town of Ledyard in 1966 and restored to operating condition by volunteers in the 1970s. In addition to the operating up-down sawmill there is a working blacksmith shop. Other mill-related artifacts are on display including circular sawmill that was used on this site, a non-operating gristmill, ice harvesting equipment, and a Lane shingle mill currently undergoing renovation work. There also is a root cellar on the property.

The Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill is owned by the town of Ledyard, CT and is administered by the Ledyard Historic District Commission.