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Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Washington Co. | Maryland | USA | Early mill 1750's, this mill 1837-38
Township: n/a | Watersource: Little Antietum Creek.


Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

The mill sign by the entrance to the existing mill/residence today. The mill is still owned by the Bowman family since 1886, currently owned by Kelly Shank.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

The mill as it appears today in 2008. athe original mill was built c. 1750 by Jacob Gilbert. A newspaper article on 1793 referred to the mill as Jacob Gilbert's Mill. The mill was rebuilt by Frederick Bell in 1837-38.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey photo of vintage photograph 11/03/2007

This is the 1837-38 rebuilt mill of Frederick Bell's accomplishment. Notice the mill had an additional 1.5 story frame structure attop the 2 story limestone lower portion. One fourth of the frame portion extended out in front of the mill supported by four posts, to create a drive under or abck under, out of the weather place to load and unload grains and feeds.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T, Kinsey 11/03/2007

The catshead was no doubt located in the enclosed peak and pulled sacks of wheat, oats, barley, corn, etc.up into the various floors of the mill through several trapdoors.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

This old house is the original miller's house, built about the same time as the original mill in c. 1750.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

Another view of the miller's house in conjunction with other farm buildings at the mill location.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

Almost a bird's eye view of the mill/farm complex with Little Antietum Creek in the right foreground.

Gilberts Grist Mill / Bowman's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 11/03/2007

The mill was in very poor condition around 1980 when the present Bowman family members took off the top frame portion of the mill and refurbished the rest of the mill into a home. From its location, the brick house across the Leitersburg-Smithburg Road may well be the second miller's house. Perhaps the current owner can substanciate or correct any info I have about the mill.

"All of you nations, clap your hands and shout joyful praises to God. The Lord Most High is fearsome, the ruler of all the earth."
(Psalms 47:1 & 2 CEV)
Directions: The mill and adjacent stone house are located on the west side of Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd. about one mile south of Leitersburg & 1/4th mile NW of Unger Road on Little Antietum Creek in Washington Co., Md.
 
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