Blacksmith roundup to be held in Bradley

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 9:34 p.m.

BRADLEY — “Blacksmiths’ Round-up and Men and Their Machines” will be presented 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley. Blacksmiths and owners of machines and equipment connected to Maine’s lumbering heritage will share demonstrations and conversations.

The museum will display collections of early photos from Great Northern Paper Co., photos of Lombard Steam Log-haulers, as well as old chain saws and logging-lumbering tools. Mills will be operational, old vehicles will be putting around the site, and blacksmiths will show their skills and help visitors try a project in the afternoon.

One of the blacksmiths planning to demonstrate in the morning will be Gary Kenney of Mill Stream Iron Works. Kenney often creates fireplace pieces and lights.

Starting with the first sawmill in America in 1634, Maine became the leading producer of forest products in the nation. In 1850 Bangor was the leading lumber shipper in the world.

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of this proud forest heritage. “Blacksmiths’ Round-up and Men and Their Machines” Day presents a brief glimpse of Maine’s lumbering past.

As folks once said, “Stop by for a visit and partake in bean-hole beans at noon.”

Admission fees are $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12. Members of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum are admitted free.

Leonard’s Mills is located on Government Road in Bradley off Route 178.

For more information, call 974-6278 or email info@leonardsmills.com

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