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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)
Springfield Mill – Philadelphia PA, Established as a grist and sawmill in 1761, the current mill dates to 1854. The water turbine and Oliver Evans mill works are from the late 19th-century when it operated primarily as a custom feed mill. Most machinery and millworks are original to that period. Currently it is electric powered. Volunteers have been restoring and operating the mill since 2006, grinding feed corn. The mill and miller's cottage are located within the 167-acre Morris Arboretum. (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)
Aldie Mill - Aldie VA is located on the Little River Turnpike which ran east to Alexandria. Built for Charles Fenton Mercer between 1807-1809, it was later expanded to include saw, plaster and grist mill machinery. In 1835, ownership passed to John Moore, whose descendants operated it until 1971. The mill was restored in 1981 as Virginia’s only remaining mill powered by twin overshot water wheels. Part of NOVA Parks since 2006, the main merchant mill, and granary building are open for free tours, grinding demonstrations, and special events mid-April through mid-November. (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)
Musconetcong Watershed Association - Asbury NJ, Restoration of the the circa 1865 Asbury Grist Mill on the Musconetcong River for adaptive reuse is in process. In 1895 Henry M. Riddle transformed the building and machinery to process graphite. At that time, the wooden water wheel with a cast iron horizontal Leffel turbine. When completed, the restored area will be open for recreational purposes. (December)
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)
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Location: Chester County, PA
Cancelled Dates: May 14-16, 2020
Host: Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs PA
Due to the restrictions in place for COVID-19, our spring meeting is cancelled. The planned events will be held in October.
Details to follow as soon as they are available.
Different types of memberships are available. Our base membership provides: Twice a year newsletters, Milling information and seminars, Mill tours, Support for mill preservation and restoration.Read More