A Portion of an 1855 map of Hartford County
Showing the Area of the Coop Sawmill Homestead Geocache
This section of an 1855 map of Hartford County shows the area around Coop Sawmill. The sawmill, which spans Roaring Brook, is represented on the map by the abbreviation S.M. There appears to have been a small hamlet supporting the sawmill, with houses owned by Joseph Gallopp and S. Franois.
Park at N 41° 43.822, W 072° 30.230. This cache is part of the Buckingham Reservoir series of 13 caches. Most of the cache locations are on or near well-worn trails, however, some of them may be extra challenging during certain seasons of the year.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the area. It’s quite possible to encounter beaver, bobcats, coyotes, deer, fishers, red, grey and yellow foxes, four varieties of owls, snapping turtles, timber rattlesnakes, various water snakes, weasels and the very rare occasional wandering bear. Exercise caution and remember that this is their home.
This is at an old homestead site, where the Coop Sawmill existed. You can still see the foundation of the old sawmill and the mill race in the ruins of the dam. There are various pieces of sharp ironwork scattered around from the mill operating days, so be careful where you walk.
In colonial times, there was a sawmill here. It was called Coop Sawmill, and was powered by a waterwheel, which probably sat in this slot in the dam. The stream is Roaring Brook, a major tributary of the Connecticut River.
One of about six similar foundations nearby, this small foundation is about twelve feet by twelve feet and only three feet deep. Some of the others are up to eight feet deep. They are clustered around the site of Coop Sawmill, forming a sort of village.
Some of the previously mentioned sharp ironwork. This rusty iron hoop is all that remains of what was once a barrel. The wooden staves have long since disintigrated.