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Lewis Grist Mill
Frederick Co. | Maryland | USA | Possible early mill 1783, thismill 1810
Township: n/a | Watersource: Basin Run/Octoraro Creek.


Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

Research shows that in 1780, Andrew Flickinger sold 70 acres to Jacob Hoff for 200 pounds. In 1783 Hoff sold 50 acres to Valentine Evert, a miller, for 550 pounds.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

It is believed Hoff may have built a mill on the property by 1783. This would indicate why the price was almost triple.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

The Lewis Mill was built by William Johnson in the early 1800's, probably in 1810, who advertised for a miller at his "mill entirely new", near New Town (now Jefferson). Johnson offered to sell his 2 year old, 3 story, brick mill with 2 water wheels, one pair of burrs, and one of Cologens.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

The solar panels are a little different. I don't know if the right term is "solar panels". I don't think they work now. The lady of the mill said something about the film on the windows needing to be replaced.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008 digital photo of owner picture

He sold it to Julian Shelhause. The next owner was Frederick Hemp, in 1826, who sold it to Captain Henry Culler, who then sold it to Zelaphebed Duvall.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

A 1858 map of Jefferson District # 14 showed the mill as J. M. Rice's merchant mill. The 1860 census listed it as the F. Duvall flour mill worth $12,000 with 2 employees producing 4000 barrels of flour/year.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

The miller's house off to the side of the mill, located on Cotactin Creek (original name was Abraham Creek).

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

The mill is then sold to Perry G. Rice, who sold it to Henry J. Danner in 1866. Danner, in turn, sold it to Marcellas Duvall.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

Basil Lewis bought the mill in 1869, at which time it was known as the Willow Grove Mill.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008

The vegetable garden and some out buildings located on the property. If the owners,or anyone,has any more informtion, they are more than welcome to submit the material by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page below the last photo.

Lewis Grist Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/11/2008 digital photo of owner photo

The owners are into conservation more than the average person. They had a big vegetable garden and collected rain water for various things. They had a waterless urinal in the bathroom.

Directions: From Frederick, Md., take US 340 west to the Jefferson exit/Lander Rd. Go north into Jefferson and turn left on Rt. 180/Jefferson Pike. Turn right on Old Middletown Road after 0.6 miles, then left on Poffenberger Road. Go about 1.5 miles to the mill on the left as you go down a hill. The road is not very wide.
 
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