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Lexington Old Mill Pond Dam, US-1 Lexington: 4 October 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:15 am in closing

I had driven past the Old Mill in Lexington a number of times since the great flood of 4 October 2015 which burst the dam, but I had never taken the time to stop and have a look. Since it was a nice sunny day and I had some time, I took the opportunity to check it out on 21 May 2016.

It appears to me that there were two channels out of the now dry mill pond to the creeks that cross under US-1. The south fork, which is now basically stagnant with no connection to the water flow out of the former pond and the north fork which comes through the dam washout, and is flowing quite vigorously. Since the channel clearly predates the dam breach, I guess there was a spillway in the dam for this channel to power the equipment of the original mill, and that this spillway gave way in the breach.

The dam itself is an earthen embankment and apart from the breach on the end nearest to the mill complex is still largely intact. I was able to get on top of it and walk almost to the breach. (I could have walked *to* the breach and gotten some better pictures, but I didn't see any reason to give another portion of the dam the temptation to give way with me on top..)

I'm not sure what the plans for the site are. There does not appear to have been any start at reconstructing the dam, and of course as the mill is no longer active, there is no necessity to do so, but the pond is a nice setting for the various restaurants and businesses in the old mill comples..

2016-05-21 full photoset.

Written by ted on May 24th, 2016

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  1. At the time of the flood, the Mill owner was doing work to generate electricity using generators powered by the millrace. In fact, the pond had been drawn down at one point to allow the work to be done. The flood and subsequent dam break wiped out all of that work and the distillery that was on the lower level.

    Steve Varholy

    6 Jun 16 at 7:26 pm

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