Thanks guys for affirming I am not crazy for being intrigued with the hydro possibility. In the current regulatory environment it would be a fool’s errand to go down that road. Only in a post-general collapse world would it make sense, but that’s the scenario I was thinking. My weekend headache/feeling faint is almost gone and so maybe tomorrow I’ll explain it further to my son.
I just pulled out a town history written in 1976 for the bicentennial. The mill was built in 1830 and was in operation until 1920. There is a photo of it, a beautiful 3.5 story stone structure. In one photo you can see the dam at the base of the falls where the water comes down the mountain. The dam is long gone too.