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Diehl's Mill
Adams Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | c. 1805
Township: Butler Twp. | Watersource: Big Conewago Creek.


Diehl's Mill
Picture: Robert T.Kinsey 12/12/2009

In 1799 Frederick Diehl built an oil mill on his property. By 1801, he had added a sawmill, later adding a gristmill, and installing a carding mill in 1812.

Diehl's Mill
Picture: Robert T.Kinsey 12/12/2009

All of these mills were operating when he died in 1816. Before his death, his son, David had been doing some of the milling. In 1824, the property was conveyed to David, but the mills went to another son, Samuel Diehl.

Diehl's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/12/2009

By this time there was a man named Nicholas Dietrick working for Samuel. In 1930, Samuel expanded the milling business by adding a fulling mill. Sam owned the mill property until his death in 1865.

Diehl's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/12/2009

His heirs sold the property to Uriah Wagner in 1866. One week later, Wagner sold it to Samuel M. Hershey. Hershey soon remodeled the mill and sold it to George A. Bowers in 1904. At some point around this time the mill was known as the Butler Roller Mills.

Diehl's Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 12/12/2009

George sold the business to his son, G. Jordan Bowers, in 1908. Due to frequently needed repairs, the business soon declined, until 1915, when Jordan closed the mill. GPS: 77' 10.23W, 39' 55.58N

Directions: From US 15 south of York Springs, exit US 15 at Pa 234, Heidlersburg. Go west on Pa 234 about one mile to the village of Heidlersburg. Turn left/south on Old Harrisburg Road and go a little over one mile to Plainview Road. Turn right onto Plainview and go to the end of the road at the mill. The address is 600 Plainview Rd.
 
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