Our tasting room was built in 1820.
It was used as a mill when Putnam Creek was dammed and a pond existed behind the site. There were many alterations and additions over the last 200 years yet the core still remains one of the oldest structures of its kind, as referenced in ‘A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks’.
Numerous ownership changes took place since 1820. Notable events include:
Crown Point Cooperative G.L.F. Service (G.L.F.) appears in a 1933 survey. The G.L.F. produced lumber and wood products on the property. The oldest photographs we have are generally from this period.
County records document the G.L.F. sold in 1957. Afterwards, it became the Crown Point Agway and often referred to locally as “the old Agway building”.
Another sale occurred in 2000 and it operated as Porter’s Mill Hardware & Feed until 2008.
War Cannon Spirits acquired the site in 2016. At this point the building was in dire structural condition due to almost two centuries of heavy use. The majority of people believed the building could not or should not be saved and that it should simply be demolished. It was not cost effective, it was not practical but we intentionally ignored this advice.
History, authenticity and creativity matter to us. Demolishing the mill would have been an injustice to the community. We partnered with noted regional architect, Nils Luderowski, to transform the exterior of this geographical landmark and its accessory garage.
We spent over seven years restoring the 200 year old mill to a respectful version of its original architectural vernacular because War Cannon Spirits is a firm believer of the region’s untapped potential. This comprehensive effort included site cleanup, hazmat abatement, demolition, new underground utilities, structural repairs and full renovation works.
The 200 year old refurbished mill now dominates the streetscape when entering the Town of Crown Point. It is something our community can be proud of and is primed to become an iconic regional destination - because we followed instincts, not convention.