Bryant’s Boxboard Mill

For almost 50 years, Sylvanus Bryant ran a mill located on Sylvia’s Place Road between Bryant’s Pond and Soule’s Pond in the Indian Pond neighborhood of Kingston.

Bryant's Boxboard Mill on Sylvia's Place Road, no date
Bryant's Boxboard Mill on Sylvia's Place Road, no date

As far back as 1721, several water privileges existed on Furnace Brook, Trout Brook and the man-made ponds that connect them.  Around 1810, the Anchor Works (which actually produced spades and shovels) operated on the site of Bryant’s mill. Later, Daniel Bisbee and Henry Soule ran a nail and tack factory there.    Next was Thomas Russell, who also produced tacks.  In 1856, Sylvanus Bryant Jr. and Noah Prince set up a sawmill to make boards for boxes.  By 1879, Bryant had bought out Prince; he continued to operate the mill until 1900.

Bryant's Pond, 1925, by Emily Fuller Drew
Bryant's Pond, 1925, by Emily Fuller Drew

This view, taken from the O.W. Stewart Preserve (part of the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts), shows some of the buildings around  Bryant’s Pond. In the left foreground stands a small boathouse, and behind it to the right is the Bryant Boxboard Mill. Behind the mill, the Lyman-John Cushman house and barn can be seen, along with a dirt road that is today’s Sylvia’s Place Road. At the far left is the Deacon Cushman House, which today is 33 Indian Pond Road.

Source: Life on the River by Carrie Elliott, 2005

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