Cecil’s Old Mill

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Blog | 8 comments

Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Cecil’s Old Mill

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Cecil’s Old Mill is located on Indian Bridge Road in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  There has been a mill on this site since circa 1820.  It is situated on the opposite side of the street to Cecil’s Country Store which we looked at in the previous post (here).  The present structure has been restored using mostly American saw mill parts dating from 1910.  The mill has not operated since the fatal injury of H. Robb Cecil in April 1959.  The restoration was completed in 1987 by William J. “Bill” Clements.  It has since been further restored, including a new water wheel and reopened on April 1, 2011.

Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Cecil’s Old Mill

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The actual mill structure does not offer very much for the photographer as can be seen from the images here, but inside is a completely different story.  In every alcove and corner there are displays of old equipment and artifacts linked to the mill when it was operational.  The possibilities are endless and offer themselves to a number of different treatments from the urbex look of the first image, through the sepia toned monochrome of the second, to the more straight-forward HDR treatment of the image below.

Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Cecil’s Old Mill

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The water wheel, although fully operational and switched on for my benefit, is of a modern design and did not offer anything photographically.  However, there were some interesting displays outside the mill as can be seen from the next two images.

Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Cecil’s Old Mill

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Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Cecil’s Old Mill

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Click here for some more images of historic St. Mary’s County.

8 Comments

  1. Wonderful images Mark. Your processing really conveys the age and details of the subjects. Well done
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  2. Love the detail in these images Mark! And your background information and history is, as ever, really interesting! Nice one.
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  3. What an incredible place, Mark! You’ve done a fabulous job in capturing the various artifacts and using different processing treatments for each. Love this series, truly a captivating set!
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  4. Greats shots, Mark. and incredible processing. Would love to visit that place.
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  5. Very cool shots Mark. Love all that great texture in the old machinery.
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  6. I love these Mark. The processing is spot on.
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  7. Lots of texture, nice!
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  8. Nice work Mark! That second image takes me back in time. Pretty interesting details!
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