Jacob Bowerman came to ply his several skills.  Jacob was emphatically not a “jack at all trades and good at none.”  If tradition and the meager written records are to be  believed, he was a competent gunsmith, blacksmith, cabinet maker, farmer, builder, cooper, marksman and community leader.  The vicinity of Steel’s Mills was fortunate when he came to it in 1808.  The “Old Bowerman Place” was a well-known landmark for a century.

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