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Our Featured Website Sponsor for this Month

Special thanks to our individual members who support our efforts - especially those at the $25 sustainer (27 folks) or $50 sponsor (Bruce Hendrickson, John Helmus, Bob McLaughlin, Leslie Morris Smith, Diana Dryer Wright, and Bill Zartman) levels. The photo shows attendees at Batsto Village for the October 2 Fall 2021 SPOOM Mid-Atlantic Meeting (December)

Links to our other Faithful Sponsors

Newlin Grist Mill – Concordville PA, The Newlin Grist Mill and surrounding 160-acre park is a place for exploration of both history and the environment. With its working 1704 grist mill, blacksmith shop, miller’s house, nature trails, programs and special events, there is a surprise around every corner. The Newlin Grist Mill is where Learning Is Fun! Whether you enjoy learning something new, history, outdoor recreation, or just relaxing, there is something for you. Tours offered daily. (November)


Penns Creek Pottery – Mifflinburg PA, Sampsel’s Mill was built in 1818 and ran on water-power until it closed in 1951 and fell into disrepair. Bill Lynch has been making award-winning pottery in this ‘creek-place’ since he and Sharon bought the old mill property in 1978. In 1989 the mill was restored and adapted for pottery making and sales. (October)


Locke’s Mill – Berryville, VA,  is a colonial-era grist mill located near the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. It ground grains from the Shenandoah and Ohio Valleys for sale in the large coastal cities. The present building dates from 1876 and ran two mill-wheels. The mill was certified organic in 2017 and today provides essential services to the growing local organic food movement in Northern Virginia. (September)



Batsto Village – Hammonton, NJ,  began in 1766 when Charles Read built the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River to process bog ore from the water beds nearby. The Ironmasters Mansion and outbuildings, saw and grist mills, cottages, and remaining businesses of Batsto are open to visitors. The property, located in the Wharton State Forest in Southern New Jersey, is overseen by the NJ DEP’s Division of Parks & Forestry. (August)


Big Otter Mill  – Bedford, VA. Constructed in 1785, Big Otter Mill operated as a gristmill or sawmill for more than 160 years before closing in the 1950s. Prior to closing, the store at Big Otter Mill attracted citizens to socialize and shop, and the mill served as a local polling center. In 2008, the Friends of Big Otter Mill was founded to preserve and restore Big Otter Mill. A fundraising campaign is currently underway to fully restore Big Otter Mill. Big Otter Mill is open to the public during the Spring Festival in May and the Harvest Festival the first Saturday of October. (July)


Breneman-Turner Mill – Harrisonburg, VA, This four-story stone and brick mill, which survived Sheridan's burning, is the only pre-Civil War mill with all the grist mill equipment still in place in Rockingham County. Visitors see corn ground on French burr stones from the early 1800s. The mill is open one Saturday a month, May through October, for tours and corn grinding. (June)


Bachert's Mill – East Brunswick Twp, Schuylkill County, PA on the Little Schuylkill River operated as a Grist Mill and Cider Press. The current building, dating to the 1870s, replaced Weaver's Mill which was destroyed by fire. The great grandsons of the builder, Elias Bachert, are restoring this gas-engine-powered mill. (May) 


Wallace Cross Mill – Felton PA, in operation from the 1820s to 1980s, is a restored water-powered grist mill open for public tours Sundays from mid-June through September. Volunteers operate the water wheel and grinding equipment. Special events are planned throughout the season. (April)



Glendale Flour Mills - Douglass Township, Berks County, PA. The grist mill was built in 1838 and sits along the beautiful Ironstone Creek, just above the confluence with Manatawny Creek. Glendale Flour Mills is just around the corner from the Pine Forge Academy and the Thomas Rutter mansion. The Colebrookdale Railroad runs the length of the mill property, from Ironstone Park, to the trestle at Pennypacker Creek.. (March)


Daniel Campbell, AIA is a multi-state registered restoration architect with 25+ years of experience in preservation, restoration and renovation of 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings of all types, and design of new buildings in traditional architectural styles. Dan is based in historic Chester County in eastern PA with easy access to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. "Your old mill's best friend!" (February)


Castle Valley Mill -  Doylestown PA was built along Neshaminy Creek on land given to the Meredith family by William Penn. The mill which began grinding 1730 was also known as Grove's Mill and Reed's Mill. The property was in poor condition when Henry Fischer, a miller from Germany purchased and restored the property in 1947. Henry’s grandson Mark continues his legacy of restoring antique stone mills and processing machines rescued from older mills in Bucks County that closed. Castle Valley Mill products will not only please your palette, but your support will contribute to the preservation and restoration of this valuable piece of history. (January)



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