The Sawkill Creek - Exploiting The Sawkill’s Resources

The Sawkill Creek



Exploiting The Sawkill’s Resources

By 1867, the year this map was published, factory development along the Sawkill was centered in Cedar Hill, having been banned from the Lower Falls to the west by the Robert Donaldson-Louise Livingston agreement of 1841.

Through the Civil War period, mills dominated the economy of Cedar Hill. Factory owners, managers, and laborers, some of whom were French and English immigrants, lived and worked here. Even Louise’s daughter and son-in-law, Cora and Thomas Barton, purchased an established woolen mill in 1860.

During the last quarter of the 19th century, this economic picture changed. Milling was no longer a thriving industry. The town’s residents had to farm, haul freight, and take on other part-time jobs to make ends meet.

Map of Annandale (detail), from Atlas of New York & Vicinity, F.W. Beers et al. (1867).