The Ledyard Up-down sawmill

An operating water-powered nineteenth century sawmill

Sawmill News


Updated 5/9/2022

Open Saturdays 1-4 pm

April and May

We're excited for the 2022 spring visitor season on Saturdays in April and May!

We'll be sawing on the historic water-powered sawmill and the coal forge in the blacksmith shop will be fired up. Many mill artifacts and exhibits to look at and learn about. Learn more at Exhibits.

And Sawmill Park and the mill pond are beautiful in the spring.

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Open Saturdays 1-4 pm April/May and October/November



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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.