The preservation of the historic Gurleyville Grist Mill got a major boost this week when the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Joshua’s Trust a $15,000 matching grant to assist in the first phase of a multi-step stabilization project.

The grant is one of 20 preservation projects being funded by the 1772 Foundation all over the state and will be used to match money from other donors to tackle what Trust Executive Director Michael Hveem terms “the first, most critical, repairs” to the building.

The Gurleyville Grist Mill is located on the Fenton River in Mansfield and is the only one of its kind in Connecticut. The mill was for some years operated by the family of Wilbur Cross, a four-term governor of Connecticut. Unfortunately, the mill’s proximity to the river is also causing it to be hydraulically undermined and, Hveem says, it “has begun to settle in ways stone buildings should not.”

The first phase of the preservation effort will be to stabilize the foundation and repair the framing on the roof. Hveem said he anticipates applying for more grant money next year.

For months now the Trust has been raising money for the restoration, but more will be needed, so those who are interested in helping with a contribution can consider a way to do so here.