- Standard View
Very picturesque 2.5 story fieldstone and frame grist mill along scenic McMichael Cr. in the extreme southern portion of the Pocono Mtns. The 1750's log mill was built by Jacob Brinker, a Pennsylvania Dutchman. Its place in history occurred on June 19, 1779 when it became the provisioning point for Gen. John Sullivan's expedition to quell, "chasten and subdue", the Iroquois Indians further north in the Wyoming Valley.
*Update: My father, Michael Brinker, has the draft papers of Jacob's enlistment to the Pennsylvania Regiment in 1776 for the American Revolutionary war. Since Jacob, every generation of our family has served for the United States and have been active in every war thus far. Jacob, the second generation of the family to be in the United States, was the owner during the Sullivan March which left Easton, Pennsylvania to attack the Iroquois Indians in Wyoming Valley (Pocono area right outside Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania). During the Sullivan Expedition, Brinker's Mill (currently the Old Mill) was the post for close to 4000 men. Matthew Brinker 02/07/2008*
An old railroad bridge crosses McMichael Cr. as it makes a shape bend behind the mill. The Jenny Mill in Plymouth, Mass. obtained some of its working equipment from the Sciota Mill.
The log mill sold to John Keller in 1790, then to Bernhard Fenner in 1796. The Fenners built the stone /frame mill in 1800.
Sometime in the 1800's, the mill changed hands to a family named Snyder who kept it into the second half of the 20th century. Will Snyder was the last operator in 1954.
Matthew Brinker is the 5 greats grandson of Jacob Brinker, the builder of the original log mill.
The small steel bridge over McMichael Creek on Old Mill Road/T219 as it comes off Business Pa 209 on the north side of the mill.
The dam on McMichael Creek behind the mill used to power the grist mill down through the years.
Karl Hope gave the mill to the Hamilton Township Board of Supervisors in 1974 with stipulation that it be used for only historical, cultural, or governmental purposes. It looks like it should be secure for future generations.