I often drove by an old building on the outskirts of Pine Plains and wondered about what it used to be. It was by a mill pond so I naturally assumed it was some kind of abandoned water mill. When I saw some activity going on around it (actually more underneath it) my curiousity got me to pull over.
I wondered about the rest of the building — was any of the mill equipment was still intact. As is the way of things in a small town, it did not take much to wangle an inviation to take a tour of the interior. An amazing amount of milling gear was still there and, if not in working order, enough to show how the mill was used.
I brought Bruce Humphries over to go through it with the owner so I could videotape the tour for the sake of some history. He was the only person I knew who would be familiar enough with the milling equipment and the turbine. This was the first time Bruce had been in the building!