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Springdale Flour Mills
Frederick Co. | Virginia | USA | Mid- 1800's
Township: Back Creek District. | Watersource: Opequon Creek.



Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

The 2.5 story stone & frame mill with attic built by David Brown in 1788 to replace an earlier mill built c. 1738 by Jost Hite. David's son, Daniel, bought the mill in 1794, then moved to Loudoun Co, Va. in 1809, selling to David Carlisle.

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

The mill still has its roller mills intact. *Update: The mill has all of its machinery intact. The mill stopped operating because the metal water wheel shaft spun out from the water wheel and its hubs, and they did not know how to replace the shaft with the wheel still being in place. This was a very rare malfunction to happen to a Fitz Water Wheel. The other time that this occurred was with the Fairwater Water Wheel in Fairview, Wiconsin in 1925. This is the largest water wheel ever produced by the Fitz Water Wheel Company, The water wheel was known as Fitz's Folly because a number of people said that they could not construct a water wheel this large. The water wheel is 50 feet in diameter with a 10 foot bucket face and weighs 29 tons. The water wheel is in a woods near Fairwater, Wisconsin, and it the largest water wheel in the United States. The wheel was designed to make electricity for 3 communities. The wheel has never worked again just after only six months of operation. Ted Hazen 07/16/2009*

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

The mill with millrace and sluice box supports of stone leading into the inlet arch. David Carlisle sold the mill property of 150 acres to William M. Barton in 1828, losing about $1250 for the 19 years he held it, never getting free title to the property.

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

Two pieces of a broken steel gear from the mill. Barton died a year later and the mill and property remained in his estate until it was sold to Richard W. Barton in 1858, then transferred tp David W. Barton a year later.

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

Additions built onto two sides of the mill to serve as warehouse space for grain and flour storage. Bartonsville was named after the series of Barton owners of the mill. Charles Colfelt bought the mill, five years after David's death, in 1868; the mill is now known as Barton's Mill.

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

Millstones and an old Eshelman Feeds sign especially painted for Springdale Flour Mills. Julian Stover aquired the mill in 1923 through purchase and ran the same until 1970. Stover's dau. and son-in-law, the Nolan Brim fammily are the current owners with hopes of restoring to working order in the future.

Springdale Flour Mills
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 04/28/2009

A better look at the bases of four metal grain silo bases by the mill that were taken down after the mill closed.

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(Acts 13:38 & 39 CEV)
Directions: From the junction of Va 37 and US 11/Valley Pike, south of Winchester, go south on US 11 to Springdale Rd/Va 649 near Bartonsville, turn right and todrive the mill on the left.
 
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