Taylor Mill State Historic Site


The Taylor Mill State Historic Site is located in Derry, New Hampshire within the 71-acre Ballard State Forest. The mill is named after Robert Taylor, who purchased the property in 1799 and began operating an “up and down” sawmill similar to the current one around 1805. When Ernest R. Ballard bought the land in 1939, the original mill had mostly been sold for scrap. Ballard was passionate about the property and the sawmill which was originally on the site. He found an antique sawmill elsewhere in New Hampshire which he restored. He then installed this restored sawmill into the property.

Ballard generously donated this entire property, including the sawmill, a nearby house, and 71 acres of land, to the State of New Hampshire in 1953.

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  • Address: 242 Island Pond Rd
  • Town: Derry
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 42.87567 Lng -71.23919
  • Parking notes: There is a dirt parking lot for the mill located on Island Pond Rd about 100 yards to the west of the mill. Parking is free and typically does not fill out.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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