A Day in the Life of A Blacksmith

Posted Feb. 28, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
Jeff Miller of Flintlock Forge in Waldoboro
Jeff Miller of Flintlock Forge in Waldoboro

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: A Day in the Life of a Blacksmith, Communications Building behind Court House, Wiscasset, ME

For more information: John Reinhardt; 207-822-9628;

Jeffrey Miller, a master blacksmith and historian from Waldoboro, will describe the work of a Colonial New England blacksmith on Sunday afternoon, March 10. The talk, which is a presentation of the Lincoln County Historical Association Winter Lecture Series, will be held at 2:00 PM in the Communications (“911”) building behind the Court House in Wiscasset.

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During his nearly 40 years at the trade, Miller has worked as the head blacksmith at two museums: Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. and Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H. His museum-quality pieces have been purchased by a number of art and history museums across the United States and Canada.

Miller will describe the daily work of a blacksmith as recorded in their account books and day books. According to Miller, the blacksmith’s work pattern changed according to the season, and he will show samples of items that the smith might make for his customers, including a pair of ice skates, a gun lock, and cooking tools.

Jeff Miller is often called upon to speak about New England Colonial trades at educational seminars and historical events where he demonstrates the craft of blacksmithing on a reproduction 18th C. traveling forge.

Suggested donation is $5. Coffee and pastries will be provided. For schedule changes due to inclement weather, call John Reinhardt at 882-9628 after 10:30 AM on the day of the lecture.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information please visit