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Nutmeg Junction Stops At The Terryville Water Wheel


The history of the Terryville water wheel can be traced back to the mid 1800’s when it used the mighty Pequabuck River to power a factory that eventually was destroyed by fire in 1940. According to the Plymouth Historical Society, this 20-foot diameter wood and iron water wheel is the most intact of the three remaining wooden water wheels in Connecticut and symbolizes the industrial history of the region.


Water wheels were important in the industrial history of this country. Eli Terry Sr. (1772 –1852) was a clockmaker and inventor and his work first produced the means of mass production of clocks to satisfy the demand of the American public. His son, Eli Terry, Jr. founded a clock factory that utilized a water wheel at this location and, in fact, “Terryville” is named after Terry, Jr. For more information about this or other places of historical interest in the Plymouth, CT region, check out the Plymouth Historical Society.