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History comes alive when you put one primary source (a diary) with another (an a…

History comes alive when you put one primary source (a diary) with another (an actual place). Last Sunday the Newport Restoration Foundation opened the Sherman Mill at Prescott Farm to visitors. At the Portsmouth Historical Society we have the Diary of David Durfee Shearman and he describes how the Sherman Mill was transported to Aquidneck Island and reassembled.
One of the entries:
August 19, 1858: We took up the Millstone and picket it with the small picks, shaving 25 or 30 of them together, making the surface of the stone much finer than the old way of picking with a single pick and not taking a quarter of the time to do it.



Source: Portsmouth Historical Society

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