Springfield Mills – Philadelphia PA, Historic Springfield Mills, with its Oliver Evans mill works, is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek, once home to over sixty water-powered mills. Springfield Mills and the Miller’s Cottage date back to 1761. and are the oldest architectural features at the Morris Arboretum. (December)
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. (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)
Shank's Mill – Waynesboro, PA was built in 1857 as Springdale Mills and passed through three other families before Wilmer and Edna Shank purchased it in 1935. Over time, the Shanks owned and operated five different grist mills. Their son Odell operated this mill until his death in 1973. His wife Yula began the process of preserving Shank’s Mill as an historic site. Her son Adrian and his family continue to do so. (July)
George Washington's Grist Mill – Perryopolis, PA is a one-of-a-kind intact pre-industrial site established due to George Washington’s decision to build a grist mill along the Youghiogheny River to fulfill his dream of becoming a large landowner prior to his military career. The Perryopolis Parks and Recreation Authority oversees the historic district which includes the Washington Grist Mill (1776), Shreve’s Distillery (c.1810), Searinhts’ Fulling Mill (c.1815), a late 19th century bakery, and the stone miller’s residence (c.1800). The former First National Bank houses the Perryopolis Area History Museum. (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)
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. (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 restored Fitz water wheel and grinding equipment. The site is managed by York County Parks. (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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Our Fall 2022 Newsletter with photos and details of our Fall meeting in the Waynesboro and Greecastle area of PA and other articles of interest to our mill enthusiasts is now available. Special thanks to Susan Langley and Dan Campbell for their outstanding efforts as editor and chief contributors to this informative and colorful newsletter!