Along Washington Street, Middletown CT, a circa 1780 three and a half story building was erected on the same site as an earlier saw mill and operated as a gristmill under the name of J. Johnson and Company. The Coginchaug River powered the mill until its decline in the 20th century. From the 1950’s on it was know as Old Wayside Furniture. The 30’ x 50’mixed species hardwood timber frame, oversized to meet the demands of milling, is both sawn and hewn. From the top of floor to underside of the flooring above, 94” first floor, 93” second floor and 89” on the third floor. The frame, in storage, was dismantled in 2006.
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