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Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Monroe Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | Log mill-c. 1750-60/stone-1800
Township: Hamilton Twp. | Watersource: McMichael Creek


Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 11/03/1992

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.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

*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*

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 09/1975

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.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Samuel O. Miller 09/1975

The log mill sold to John Keller in 1790, then to Bernhard Fenner in 1796. The Fenners built the stone /frame mill in 1800.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

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.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

Matthew Brinker is the 5 greats grandson of Jacob Brinker, the builder of the original log mill.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

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.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

The dam on McMichael Creek behind the mill used to power the grist mill down through the years.

Old Sciota Mill/Brinker's Mill
Picture: Matthew Brinker 01/28/2008

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.

"You said to me, I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you."
(Psalms 32:8 CEV)
Directions: Along business U.S. 209 at Old Mill Rd./T219 in the north end of hamlet of Sciota, Pa., eight miles west of Stroudsburg.
 
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