Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays in the Cecil's Mill Historic District

A bit of St. Mary's history will come alive this weekend when Bill Clements of Cecil's Old Mill fires up the antique sawmill and demonstrates how logs that were eventually used to build many of the homes in St. Mary's county a century ago, were transformed into lumber boards. It's a rare opportunity to observe the sawmill in action this Saturday, December 4th, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Old Mill on Indian Bridge Road in California, Maryland (weather permitting).

Across the street, Cecil's Country Store will be holding their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday with special sales, holiday decorations and food. Reminiscent of the holiday window displays from department stores of yesteryear, Cecil's enchanting Christmas window displays will delight children of all ages. Cecil's Country Store was also the local post office for many years and the old post office is still on display at the store. "There is a lot of history here at Cecil's and our goal is to mix a unique shopping experience with a little bit of history," says Dawna Wible, owner of Cecil's Country Store.

Located in one of Maryland’s first Industrial Districts, Cecil's Mill was originally built as a cotton/textile factory in the 1800's. It was later transformed into a grist mill and saw mill. After restoration in the late 1970's, Cecil's Mill became a National Landmark in St. Mary's County. Today, the mill exhibits artifacts including its working water wheel, and is home to local arts and handmade crafts for sale. The historic district also includes Cecil’s Country Store and Post Office.
For additional information about the open house or Cecil's Country Store and Cecil's Old Mill, contact Dawna Wible at 301-994-9622 or
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