The Nathaniel Thomas Mill occupies the historic site where in the 1690's, English settlers built a dam and sawmill on Indian Head Brook, and thus commencing the development of what now is the Town of Hanson. Conceived as the centerpiece of Hanson's Celebration of America's Bicentennial in 1976, the historic reproduction mill building was constructed by skilled volunteers and has since been managed by the Nathaniel Thomas Mill Committee.
With its quaint appearance, high visibility and scenic location, the mill immediately became a popular town landmark, and continues to be featured on the town's web page. As a venue it has been used for a wide variety of community and private functions including farmers markets, fashion shows, craft displays, theater productions, weddings, worship services and many more. Over the years the energy and committment of the Mill Committee, the Friends of the Mill, several Eagle Scouts, and others have brought into existence a full size replica mill wheel, water sluice, lawn and garden area, footbridge and convenient parking lot.
During it's first 30-plus years, however the property on which the mill sat was privately owned, and the lease arrangement put its future at risk. To secure the mill's future, Hanson Town Meeting voted in 2009, and again in 2010, to purchase the 1.35 acre property with Community Preservation Funds and to place the property under the Care and Custody of the Conservation Commission.
|Sylvia Salas||Chair (2020)|
|Iris Morway||Clerk (2021)|
|Marcus Linn||Member (2021)|
|Michael Means||Member (2019)|
|Arlene Quimby-Verity||Member (2017)|