Community A - L: Sawmills History
Sawmills, shingle mills, planing mills were first powered by water from a mill or a creek. The sawmill cut logs into rough sawn logs, usually one inch thick and the width of the log. The planing mill cut the rough boards into the smooth standard sizes of that era. The shingle mill used rough cut blocks of wood to produce shingles from wood that was available. Shingles and shakes were used as roofing materials although shakes were mostly produced by hand. The preferred wood was cedar because of its resistance to moisture. Cedar shakes are still used as roofing materials.

Coffren, Palmer, and Colburn Mill at foot of Cass St., Greenville

Ek Wood Mill, Stanton