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Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Columbia Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | c. 1823, this mill 1868
Township: Mount Pleasant Twp. | Watersource: Fishing Creek.


Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/01/2007

First mention of a mill at or near this site is credited to Benjamin Seidel who operated a mill before 1823.

Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/01/2007

General Matthew McDowell took possession of the mill in 1823. The settlement at the time was known as Seidel Town and McDowell's Mills became part of Light Street.

Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/01/2007

Peter Ent purchased the grist mill and in 1868, erected the present mill, a distillery and several residences. He operated the mill and store for many years.

Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/01/2007

Other owners were; John Hoffman in 1881, Henry W. Vanderslice in 1889, Harry G. Heacock and W. T. Hileman in 1931, and Fred I. Johnson in 1932.

Johnson Mill / Seidel Mill / Ent Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 01/01/2007

Johnson's son, M. I. Johnson, made material repairs to the building and machinery. He also installed a diesel engine power plant. Today, the mill appears to be an outlet for seasonal and uniquely traditional gifts known as Forever Green.

Directions: This mill is located about 0.5 miles north of Light Street on the west side of Pa 487.
 
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