Friday, July 28, 2006

Our Home and Shop
- Hess' Mill or New Milltown Roller Mill -

Some day soon we'll write the tale of how we got to this 250 year old stone mill in Lancaster County's Amish land... but I just posted a bit of history on it and the location's name to Wikipedia - so I thought I'd copy that entry for you now.

New Milltowown, PA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NEW MILLTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (Approx. Lat: 40.0182495 Lon: -76.0611649). Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, PA. Called NewMill Town because it was the location of the first mill on Pequea Creek. Almost all previous mills in Lancaster County, PA were located on the Conestoga River. On January 21, 1733 (Warrant, A-12-98, Philadelphia) Samuel Blyth received the original grant on the Pequea Creek (in Salisbury, Leacock, and Paradise Townships). He quickly built a mill there. Blyth's Mill is first documented on September 6, 1744 when he filed a petition that requested a road to be built from Francis Jones' land (Gap) to Blyth's Mill (D-2-35). This is the section of Newport Road which now runs between Intercourse and Gap. Samuel may have operated a mill on the site as early as 1734. The present stone mill at this location was probably first built by John Huston (Houston) around 1750. In May 15, 1792 (Deed, PP1-221) Christian Hess (I) purchased the grist, saw and merchant mill. The assessment list of 1790 lists Christian Hess as owner. He probably was operating the mill for Samuel Huston who had problems in clearing his ownership because of mortgage money owed to his family. Christian was born February 26, 1751, the son of John and Susanna (Landis) Hess. His wife Anna was the daughter of the well-known Mennonite Bishop Valentine Metzler. He was an ordained minister too, and very important in the history of the Mennonites in the area, as was his son (who was primarily responsible for building the schoolhouse meeting house in 1814/1815). Though Christian Hess (I) is usually given credit for building the current stone mill in c1800 by most authorities, it is likely that he just expanded the Huston mill. Some of these improvements might have been done by his son and could have taken place as late as 1815. Later owners of the mill have included : several generations of Hess; Jacob F. Hershey; Daniel Denlinger; various Hunseckers; Amos Fisher; and Ron Lieberman. The mill itself has been known by many names, but probably the most appropriate are: Hess' Mill and New Milltown Roller Mills.


Anonymous said...

Hey Ron,

I know you've had those funny-looking white dogs for ever and ever, long before they became media stars.

Can you tell us a little bit about them, their history with you, the joys and perils of sharing your lives with them.


9:58 AM  
Blogger BooksRare said...

Thanks Shari, for remembering our various Bull Terrier dogs. Your comment has encouraged me to look for some pics and write a little post about them. Will try to get to it before the snows fly.


3:58 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...


Thanks for posting this. I just came across your post while loking for information about the old Hess's Mill--my grandfather, who just pssed away, worked at the mill between 1937 and 1940, and I came across many mentions of his work going through his journals which I am starting to transcribe.

I hope I have the opportunity to stop by your shop someday--aside from the family connection, I'm a bit of a bibliomaniac myself.

5:40 PM  

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