Boy’s Diary Tells of Water Wheels in the Early 1800s

For centuries, water wheels provided power for a variety of uses. Eric Sloane’s book "Diary of an Early American Boy" looks at the impact of a mill powered by an overshot water wheel in the early 1800s.

Overshot Water Wheel
A wide overshot water wheel at Gaston’s Mill, showing the three gates above and behind the wheel used to control water flow to the wheel.
Photo By Sam Moore