Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Bradley

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The Maine Forest & Logging Museum is a non-profit historical museum located in Bradley, Maine. It was founded in 1960 to preserve the history of forestry in the state. Leonard's Mills is the centerpiece of the 1790s living history site which is home to the only operational water wheel powered, up-and-down sawmill in Maine. The museum also has a period blacksmith's shop, stone dam, saw pit, settler's cottage, smokehouse, trapper's hut, log cabin, batteau, hovel, rotary saw mill, shingle machine, clapboard mill, covered bridge, and gift shop. The museum is open daily for self-guided tours, during organized weekend events it is staffed by volunteers dressing in period clothes. It is adjacent to a forest and the Blackman Stream. The museum recently completed restoring a circa 1910 Lombard Steam Log Hauler. This 20 ton steam traction engine runs several times a year at museum events.
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  • This is a gem of a museum. It does a fabulous job of showing what it is like to work at a paper mill. Since a lot of the visit is spent outdoors walking from one exhibit to another it is best not to.....  more »
  • While there was only the caretaker on duty in the gift shop that day, she was very helpful. We walked the area, seeing how all the logging was done. Very photogenic, esp the mill and the covered...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Especially fun in spring when 100s of thousands of river herring swim by Mill dam upstream to spawn. A natural spectacle!
  • Love the colonial days; the volunteers are so friendly, they feel like family. Kids love the cute selection of souvenirs at the giftshop, and parents love the amazingly low prices even more!

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