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John Goffe’s Mill
Ten years ago George Woodbury was an archaeologist in Harvard’s Peabody Museum; today he is owner, manager, and entire labor force of a water-power saw and gristmill originally built by his great, great, great, great grandfather two centuries ago. John Goffe’s Mill is the story of his adventure in turning an obsolete rural industry into a design for happy living.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 245 pages
Published 1948 by W. W. Norton
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This book is about a mill which my 6th great grandfather, Colonel John Goffe (Sr.) built. Irregardless of the family connection, I found the book very interesting and well written. There were delightful descriptions of some of the New Englanders and people in the area. The contrast between Woodbury's life before and after the mill was very insightful. All in all, it was a great book and with good insights into what really matters in life and how we are capable of much more than we may envision. ...more
A modern person who has little personal connection to nature or craftsmanship, I will tell you first that I could not put down this slim volume and enjoyed every minute spent with its narrator in the bygone world it describes. This is a first-person account of a research professor of the late 1930's who, with his statistician wife, decide to throw off the academic life. Together, they vow somehow to make a life for themselves on the brook-side New Hampshire property that had been in the ...more