before the Conference was due to start, Ros and I
were travelling down the eastern seaboard of Maine
from Brunswick and the former great tide mill
complex at Winnigance. Briefly stopping to view
sites of interest and towns like Kennebunkport which
literally shut up for the winter. So onwards to a
picturesque York Harbour and the old village area of
York where the Conference was due to commence the
next day. Our accommodation for the next four
nights was arranged by Bud Warren with Richard &
Roberta Cunningham at their rural home, a few miles
north of York. Having never met these charming
people previously, other than a few email exchanges
and the odd phone call, we were made unbelievably
The following day,
after a leisurely morning and light lunch we were
whisked off to the Parsons Gallery Barn Museum, the
former ‘Remmic Barn of the early colonial
settlement. Here the Conference visitors and
delegates registered and mingled with York
Historical Society members, taking in some of their
early history and architecture. The afternoon
Sharing” – Informal Presentations:
presentations, including one from myself
the Seacoast Regions Tide Mills: with Jennifer
Felice, of Seabrook NH.
a Tide Mill in Salisbury MA, by Ronald Thompson.
Thompson Tide Mill and Mill and Land Trust by John
Maine’s Tide Mills by Bud Warren.
20 minute slot titled: Counting the UK’s Tide
Mills. This was an account with the aid of
PowerPoint, of updating earlier named researchers,
tide mill sites and the amendments and corrections
required as modern progress evolved over the past 20
years. There now being about 230 sites in the UK
with new historical sites by archaeology, coming to
light in recent years.
Four Maine Tide Mills, by Samuel F. Manning of
Haskell’s, Phippsburg Tide Mill Etchings, by John
Goff, concluded the afternoon proceedings. All very
worthy contributions to the Tide Mills theme.
Later that evening
we attended an informal reception with cider, snacks
and nibbles, allowing people to inter-relate on
their own personal hobbies and passions around tide
mills. And so home to a comfortable warm home and
good company in the wooded landscape.
dawned bright and early for Ros and I, leading to
transportation by the Cunningham’s to our venue for
the day in the modern York Church Hall, able to hold
I would say up to a hundred people.
There were a range
of speakers and delegates from Portugal to Florida
and up to Canada.
with ‘Realities of Tidal Power Today’. Using
in-stream devices in Maine, with Roger Bason.
Policy and Tidal Energy’ with Rep. Deane Rykerson ,
of Maine State Legislature.
River Tide Mill’s: Two presentations with – ‘
Maine’s First Tide Mill of 1634; by Emerson Baker
and ‘York’s Biggest Millpond, The Barrell Mill’, by
A field trip
followed, being bussed the short distance to the
York River and the former Barrell Tide Mill site
with its surviving footpath topped, mill dam and
small iron suspension bridge. While being very
historic it was rather windy and bitterly cold, for
those poorly dressed for the wintery conditions.
And so back to the hall and hot drinks and plentiful