FORDHAM MILL

 

Fordham Mill by Liz Duerschmidt

Fordham Mill by local artist Liz Duerschmidt

Located at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Mill Road in Remsenberg,

Mr. Daniel Wells Tuttle, a carriage maker, purchased this property in 1844 and built the existing flat-roofed eastern brick sawmill in 1859. The sawmill was located on a dam that had been constructed across the Speonk River and was water powered by the river. Daniel Tuttle’s two sons, Lewis and Elias, continued operating the sawmill, together with their other businesses, at this site through the late 1800s.

Mr. E. O. Fordham purchased the property in 1911 and converted the sawmill to electric power. The Mill became a center of industry in the area and functioned as carriage-maker, wheelwright, and even a coffin-maker.

Fordham ran the sawmill until 1945 when operations were taken over by long-time employee, Wilbur Benjamin. In 1947 Mr. Benjamin bought the sawmill and property from the Fordham heirs.

The Fordham Mill was named a Town of Southampton Historic Landmark in 1985. Though the sawmill no longer operates, the buildings have been used for various businesses over the past two decades, including a garden center and a furniture store. (Sources: Eastport/Speonk/Remsenburg/Westhampton Area Study – Town of Southampton ) see:  http://www.southamptontownny.gov/ftp/MasterPlan/ESRW_AreaStudy/hiselect1.pdf