13. Saw and Grist MillThis reconstructed building shows the mill where Abraham Lincoln worked when he moved to New Salem in July 1831. He had been hired by Denton Offutt, who rented the mill from village founders John Camron and James Rutledge.
Before Camron and Rutlege could construct the mill they had to dam the Sangamon River to increase water flow. Once the mill began operation, it supplied the surrounding countryside with meal, flour, and lumber, and attracted more businesses to the area.
<Click on picture to continue. Back to Tour Home