SPOOM Mid-Atlantic Chapter

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  1. How to “Date” a Mill Timber

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    Deciphering timber surface marks to help determine the age of a mill In the absence of primary source historical records such as maps, deeds, land surveys etc., architectural historians and preservationists often use physical evidence in a building’s construction materials to determine its date of construction. In the case of a timber-framed mill, the timbers […]

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  2. Captured on Camera During the Civil War

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    The use of photography during the Civil War provides primary-source evidence of many a war-wrecked mill. In addition to the iconic silver print of the ravaged brick walls of the Gallego Flour Mills in Richmond, time has also preserved this rare still-frame photo of the old Arlington Mill. Built in 1836 by George Washington’s step-grandson, George […]

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  3. Filling in the Missing Mills on the SPOOM Mid Atlantic Map

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    The SPOOM Mid Atlantic Historic Mills Map pinpoints 4,000 mills, mill sites, and ruins in the states of Pennsylvania (2,985) Virginia (508), Maryland (503), Delaware (101), and the District of Columbia (5).  Included in the data are the latitude and longitude of the mill or mill site, the name of the mill, and the source of […]

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  4. The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley

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    In the late autumn of 1864, Union troops marched through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, burning up the “breadbasket” region that helped feed and fuel the Confederate foe. The Burning Raid — carried out under order of General Philip H. Sheridan and endorsed by General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant — extended nearly 140 miles from north […]

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