Tide Mill Institute

2016 Tide Mill Institute Conference, Saturday, November 12

Register for the 12th Tide Mill Institute conference by email or calling:


Space is limited at the Waterworks Museum, so REGISTER EARLY!

$50 including lunch                         see schedule below


18 Hummingbird Hill – Greene ME 04236
Please indicate your email address and phone number
and number attending

***Hotels, Transportation and Parking Info at the bottom of this page***

TMI’s next conference will be held on Saturday, November 12th, at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston’s Chestnut Hill district. As a follow-up to our last event’s discussion of Boston’s early tidal power, this year’s gathering will focus on the city’s mills. Tide mill relics from the 18th century were found in the area of the former Mill Pond during the famous “Big Dig.” Their fascinating details, carefully studied, measured and recorded, shed light on the mechanical wizardry of colonial industrial design. These will be explained, put in historical context, and illustrated with intricate CAD drawings. We will also look at a Boston tidal power project from the 19th century: the famous Back Bay scheme that was designed and built to provide “perpetual power” but didn’t work out as well as planned. Other invited speakers, from outside New England, will describe millstone quarries, and tides and tidal power around the world. A tour of the fascinating Waterworks Museum will be included.   Watch for more news.

8:30 Registration - Coffee & Breakfast Snacks (with some healthy options).
Exhibits on view through the day

9:00 Welcoming Remarks and Introduction to the Waterworks Museum

9:15 Tides – Jonathan White.
A two year international voyage exploringthe cultural and technological impact of tides

10:15 Break – more coffee, snacks & conversation

10:30 Mill Stones – Charles Hockensmith.
Quarrying and creating them

11:15 Boston’s Mill Cove – Nancy Seasholes.
The history and significance of an impressive tidal power system from the colonial era

12:00 Lunch and time to view the museum exhibits

1:00 Archaeology at South Mills – Leith Smith.
Tide mill artifacts discovered during Boston’s ”Big Dig” project

1:45 Mill Cove, City Mill & Back Bay - Chuck Parrott.
Changing Waterwheel Technology: Vertical Waterwheels at Boston’s Mill Cove & Back Bay

2:30 Perpetual Power in the Back Bay - Robert Gordon and Patrick Malone.
History and technology of an overly optimistic tidal power scheme

3:30 Annual TMI Meeting.

3:45 Guided tours of the Waterworks Museum – Dennis DeWitt and Eric Metzger

4:30 Adjourn

Tide Mill Conference 2016 hotels, transportation, parking at the conference

for better copies of maps, email info@tidemillinstitute.org

The following are on or near Beacon Street in Brookline. The green line trolley runs in the middle of Beacon Street to Cleveland Circle, and the conference site is near Cleveland Circle. So you could leave your car and take the T. Even if you are driving, you probably would pay as much to stay in Boston's suburbs or other parts of Boston. Below the maps is information about another hotel near the intersection of the Massachusetts Turnkpike and Route 128/95 and the public transportation station there.

Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 855-239-9227 lowest price generally about $170

Beacon Inn, 1750 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 888-950-5026 brick row-type building lowest price generally about $100

Coolidge Corner Guest House, 17-19 Littell Road, Brookline 02146 888-950-5062 Victorian house type building lowest prices about $130

Another possibility is the Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton at 399 Grove Street in Auburndale 617-969-5300. The hotel is at the Grove Street exit (#22) of Route 128/Interstate 95 (which is not far from the Massachusetts Turnpike). The Riverside trolley line a 2-minute walk from the hotel. The Riverside branch of the Green Line runs to Reservoir station not far from the Waterworks Museum. (See map at end below) lowest price about $129 See 2nd map below of location of hotel and T station.

for a schematic drawing of T lines visit:

Several trolley lines run from downtown Boston to the vicinity of the Waterworks Museum. You may get on the subway car/trolley under Park Street T station. (Along the route, the cars rise out of the tunnels and proceed along surface rails).

One thing to note is that the D line is faster than the B or C line if someone is coming from downtown.
The D branch of the green line will take you from Park Street outbound to Reservoir Station, not far from the Waterworks Museum.

The C Branch on the green line, the Cleveland Circle line, outbound toward Cleveland Circle station.
Another T stop nearby is the Chestnut Hill Avenue stop on the Boston College line. It too runs from downtown from Park Street and is the B branch of the green line outbound toward Boston College. The route may be a little longer in time than the Cleveland Circle line.

If you prefer to stay at the Hotel Indigo, Boston-Newton at Riverside, 399 Grove Street in Auburndale, you can get on the Riverside line at Riverside Station near Route 128/Route 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, you can ride toward Boston and get off at Reservoir. Hotel number is 617-969-5300.

Re parking, the museum has a limited number of parking spaces. About 25 should be available on site. There should also be on street parking along Beacon St. — not immediately in front of the museum but in the direction of Cleveland Circle — and parking in a lot below the gatehouse on the the dam in that direction (next to an indoor ice rink) at the time the conference begins both the on street parking and parking in the parking lot below the dam should be available.

The attached map does not show the on-street parking but does show the off-site lot. The on-street parking is where the second long arrow is.