Community members watched as a historical dedication marker was unveiled at the corner of North Avon and Gilbert Mills Road on Friday, October 25, to immortalize the memory of Gilbert’s Mill, which was originally built in 1808.
“North Avon is a really special place, and I am so glad that so much of the community has shown up to support this,’ said Maureen Kingston, Historian for the Town of Avon.
The historical marker has been paid for by the taxpayers of Avon.
“It’s a nice marker for the hamlet of our community, it’s nice for future generations to recognize what once was all throughout the community,” said David LeFeber, Supervisor for the Town of Avon.
The historical marker reads as follows: Gilbert’s Mill built by Thomas Hanna 1808, Rebuilt 1826, Sold to C.S. Gilbert 1855 converted to a dwelling 1954. Also a school, blacksmith store and distillery.
The crowd that was drawn to the unveiling of this marker was approximately 20 people. Officials from the town all agreed that this large of a turnout was not expected.
“We need to celebrate North Avon, that is what this is all about,” said Kingston.
For more information about the history of Avon please visit www.avonhistorical.org.