Johnson, Dennis, Lumber Company Mill

Also known as: Johnson Mill
NE side of ME 5, 0.3 mi. N of Silas Brown Rd., Waterboro, Maine


c.1902 Dennis Johnson Lumber Mill, Rt. 5, North Waterboro, Maine

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Criterion A: Industry The Dennis Johnson Lumber Company Sawmill, also known as the Johnson Mill, was an industrial fixture in Waterboro, Maine from at least 1869 to 1963. Over its long history the mill manufactured long and short lumber, shingles, and wooden box components. In the 19th century it utilized water power from Johnson Stream before upgrading just after the turn of the twentieth century to mechanical power provided by a steam boiler. Although closed since 1963, the mill complex, consisting of the mill building, sluiceway, lumber yard and associated bridge, retains most of its machinery, including the bandsaw, carriage, edger, joiner, associated belts and massive steam boiler. A wing off the building, known as the file room and dedicated to maintaining the nine inch saw blades, still contains the sharpening equipment and spare blades. The Johnson Mill is also significant as one of the few industrial structures to remain in the town from before 1947. As such, the Dennis Johnson Lumber Company Sawmill was recognized by the National Register for its long association with the lumber manufacturing industry in northern York County. A plaque on the mill claims "Mid 19th century".

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 8, 2007
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Concrete Arch Bridge
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Road-related
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
ca. 1902; 1920
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2014: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett