Woodsmen and River Drivers (1989)

About the Film

Men and women who worked for the Machias Lumber Company before 1930 share their recollections of the logging industry in Maine when they cut trees by hand, hauled logs to the river with horses, and floated them down to the mill. Remarkable documentary footage from the 1930's illustrates this dangerous and exhausting work. The memoires include stories about death on the job and the ballad "The Jam on Gerry's Rock".

This film and others about life in northern New England are preserved and distributed by Northeast Historic Films.


  • Gold Medal, International Film and TV Festival.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact David Weiss, Karan Sheldon, Michel Chalufour, the distributor Northeast Historic Film, or Folkstreams.