The Ledyard Up-down sawmill

An operating water-powered nineteenth century sawmill

Sawmill News


Welcome to the new!

Our new website went live July 1, 2021.


The mill is currently closed to visitors.

Spring 2021 visitor season was cancelled because of concerns due to COVID-19.

There has not yet been a decision regarding a visitor season for fall 2021 (Fall season normally is Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm in October and November). We will update this space as needed.

Updated August 9, 2021.

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The Ledyard Up-Down sawmill in Ledyard, Connecticut is a rare surviving example of a technology that was once commonplace – a water-powered up-and-down, or sash-type sawmill. Restored to operating condition in the 1970s and operated by volunteers, the mill is open to the public for sawing demonstrations on Saturday afternoons in the spring and fall. There is no admission charge.

Visitors can also view the blacksmith shop, circular sawmill, shingle machine, ice harvesting tools, gristmill and other mill artifacts. See Exhibits.

The sawmill is owned by the town of Ledyard, Connecticut and administered by the Ledyard Historic District Commission. is maintained by volunteers and is neither endorsed by nor officially affiliated with the town of Ledyard, Connecticut.