The Farmington Branch Library at State and Liberty streets was once the site of a flour mill. It was built in 1888 by German immigrant Louis Gildemeister, using $1,000 donated by local citizens, and stood until December 1962.
Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.
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The Roller Mill was still around when I was about 4, and my dad would take me there to get oats for our horse. There was an opening in the floor where you dumped the raw grain, and it came out flour on the other end – I remember being terrified by that hole!