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Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Chester Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | Earliest mill 1830-34, second mill 1863, current m
Township: Lower Oxford Twp. | Watersource: Muddy Run

Official Website: www.rthogg.com


Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

About 1833, a grist,saw & paper mill was erected about 0.6 miles up Muddy Run from the confluence with the Octoraro Creek. The Valley Paper Mill, as it became known, was a one vat with three presses system, certified for making the finest paper.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: J. Charles Hayes pre. 1892

The mill was purchased in 1847 by Maurice Dickinson after passing through several owners. Dickinson's mill was also operating as a grist & saw mill in 1847, supplied by a new dam built on Muddy Run north of the mill.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

This is the third mill on the site, the one built after the 1892 conflagration. The first mill was destroyed by fire in 1862, two years after being sold. The owning company disbanded after the fire and reorganized as Charles Wells & Company,being associated with James B. Ramsey. The mill was rebuilt and enlarged for production purposes.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

The headrace for the mill. Wells & Company operated into 1883; then from 1883-1888, the mill sat idle. The mill resummed operations in 1888 as Ramsey Paper Mill. James B. Ramsey & Son were the operator/owners in 1892.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

The second fire in 1892, left very little equipment salvageable and marked the end of the paper making at Cream. Emmanuel Herr, in 1893, sold property to James Ferguson,a mill operator from Lower Oxford. Ferguson refitted the mill with the current "state of the art" roller milling equipment from the August Wolf Manuf. Co located in Chambersburg, Pa.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

Part of the roller mill was now used as a milk receiving station and a post office opened in the mill, hence the name for the community became "Cream". In 1907, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was also produced here. After 1915, the mill was sold to Robert Treate Hogg Sr., who continued the mill as a flour mill after an idle production period prior to the 1915 sale from Ferguson.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Courtesy, Michael Hoffmeier c. 1950's

Hogg's son, Robert Treate Hogg Jr. slowly turned the mill into a woodworking/cabinetmaking enterprise featuring colonial-era furniture, all made with tools of the colonial period. Some of his creations adorn Independence Hall in Philadelphia. By 1940, water rights had been relinquished and the business became non water- powered.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/12/2007

Upon Robert Hogg Jr.'s death, his widow sold the Hogg Residence and mill/cabinetshop to E. Stephenson Morris in 1973 for $49,000. Today, Eileen Cargill is the owner of the mill complex, still going by the moniker of Robert Treate Hogg Cabinetmaker Shop, with Michael Hoffmeier as General Manager. A gift shop functions also on part of the main floor of the former paper/grist mill & current cabinetmaking shop.

Cream Mill / Dickinson's Paper, Grist & Saw Mill / Morris Mill
Picture: Michael Hoffmeier 03/05/2008

Updated picture of mill with out road signs.

"As you read the letter, you will also find out how well I really do understand the mystery about Christ."
(Ephesians 3:4 CEV)
Directions: Go north of Oxford on Pa 10/Thirs St. N/Limestone Road to Hayesville. Turn left at Hayesville onto Jackson School Road, then turn right onto Union School Road. The mill is at the intersection of Union School Road, Muddy Road, Homeville Road & Cream Road on the SE corner.
 
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