After spending more than a year hoisted two feet above its once-decaying foundation while undergoing a $200,000 renovation, the historic Hook Mill in East Hampton Village was lowered back into place Wednesday.
The project started in 2010 after officials found that the floorboards in the bottom level were popping and the structure had settled between 4 and 5 inches into its wood frame.
As part of the work, the mill, built in 1806, was given a new floor frame and vertical supports.
Robert Hefner, director of historic services for the village, said the mill still needs to be re-shingled. Additional minor repairs still needed include installing framing into the mill’s walls, replacing floorboards and moving machinery into the mill.
The project is expected to be completed by December, and the mill will be reopened to the public next summer.
“The Hook Mill is an icon for the Village of East Hampton,” Hefner said. “It reminds us of the 200 years when East Hampton was an agricultural community.”
Hefner added: “It’ll look really good when it’s done.”
Richard Baxter, a historic preservation contractor, makes repairs to the historic Hook Mill in East Hampton. (Oct. 25, 2010)