DERRY | A Derry Boy Scout gave local history a fresh new look and earned the wings of an eagle at the same time.

Peter Buttaro received his Eagle Scout award, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts, in a ceremony on Dec. 29 at Camp Carpenter in Manchester.

A 2007 graduate of Pinkerton Academy and a member of Derry Boy Scout Troop 402, Buttaro began his Eagle project work in 2006 to restore the historic David Cargill grist mill site. The work was completed in 2007.

The mill site, along with a millstone monument dating to 1936, fell into disrepair through the years, almost hidden from view in an area near Beaver Lake and North Shore roads.

The millstone monument was established by the local Molly Reid Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and marks the spot of Derry's first grist mill, built by Cargill.

Cargill has other historical ties to Derry, too. He was the father-in-law of spiritual leader and early area settler James MacGregor, and part of the original band of immigrants arriving in the Derry area from Ireland in 1710.

According to the Derry history book "A Second Glimpse of Derry," Cargill received mill rights for the section of the Beaver River and had his mill at the upper end of the brook, now called Adams Pond.

He sold the mill in 1732 and in recent years, the site had become overgrown with brush and weeds. As part of his Eagle project, Buttaro cleaned out the area and identified the site as a local historic landmark.

Buttaro worked with local history experts and town officials on his project and raised the money through fundraising and other efforts.

"He had a lot of support from the town," Buttaro's mother, Judy, said of her son's project.

Buttaro is a freshman at Colby College in Maine.