Tide Mill Institute

The idea for the Institute came from John Goff, former editor of the Tide Mill Times. In preparing a study of the James Blake House in Dorchester, Massachusetts, John discovered that Dorchester, like many other coastal towns, had tide mills constructed and operated by the earliest European settlers in the 17th century. This discovery rekindled his interest in the history of tide mills on the New England coast. Following discussions with Earl Taylor of the Dorchester Historical Society and Bud Warren, a researcher interested especially in the tide mills of Maine and New Hampshire, the three of them decided to organize the first Conference on Historical Tide Mills in 2005. Each year since then the Institute has hosted a conference in November with speakers from South America, Europe and the eastern seaboard of the United States, spanning from Maine to South Carolina.

The Dorchester Historical Society hosts the Tide Mill Institute website.

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