Seneca Stonecutting Mill

We're getting the hang of this! We chose the perfect day--just the right amount of sunny spring green sprouts and we could clearly spot (and avoid) the poison ivy. We didn't forget anything, worked methodically through our shots, and left the mill site as we found it. 

It was such a quiet morning, which makes it hard to imagine the activity the Mill created through the early to mid-1800s. The clang of metal against rock, braying mules, shouts of stonecutters and canal boatmen. Seneca was home to a number of mills and became a social and economic center. Stone quarried here was used, most notably, to build the Smithsonian "castle" as well as for more humble buildings like the Seneca one-room schoolhouse.

Garrett Peck has ably recorded this history in The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry. Unfortunately, the building has been left to ruin, and could use some TLC. 

Claudia Kousoulas