Rezoned and Repurposed: The Book Mill

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image from: www.montaguebookmill.com
image from: www.montaguebookmill.com

I love old books and I love old buildings. I adore old buildings converted into independent bookstores in scenic out-of-the-way locales.

Are you with me here?

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image from: commons.wikimedia.org

The Book Mill is located in Montague, Massachusetts and it operates as a used bookstore/café/most cozy place in the world to drink tea.

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image from: commons.wikimedia.org

The bookstore is housed in an 1834 grist mill that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Alvah Stone Mill.

image from: www.montaguebookmill.com
image from: www.montaguebookmill.com

image from: www.montaguebookmill.com
image from: www.montaguebookmill.com

The gradual waterfall still runs down the side of the former mill.

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image from: fromthehatchery.com

Have a look at what they’ve done inside:

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image from: www.nytimes.com

You come for the novelty; you stay for the ambience. (And the section they have dedicated to the Bloomsbury Set!)

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Amazing exposed beams and original pipery! (piping?)

In the peaceful, sunny café, the baked goods are apparently legendary.

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Patrons can enjoy drinks and muffins outdoors in the summer months.

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Since it is an old country mill, The Book Mill is a bit off the beaten path.

A 2005 Boston Globe article quoted the owner as saying:

We’re not particularly convenient, we’re not particularly efficient, but we’re beautiful.”

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In fact, the Book Mill’s motto is:

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image from: musingsinmass.blogspot.com

It’s the perfect place to cozy up on a cold winter’s day with a book you don’t need, when you don’t want to be found.

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image from: www.jasonburkins.com

 

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Sources:

http://www.montaguebookmill.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookmill

http://flavorwire.com/424146/45-great-american-indie-bookstores-to-support-this-holiday-season/4/

 

 

 

 

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