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Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Carroll Co. | Maryland | USA | First 1790's, 2nd 1881, this 1957-58
Township: Manchester District #6 | Watersource: South Branch Gunpowder Falls



Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The present mill, owned by Donald Folk, was built in 1957-58. A 2 story wing of the 1881 mill still survives within the mill complex, on the north side.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The millrace ran from the mill pond at Traceys Mill Road & Blackrock Road, where Johns brother Jake Tracey had a Grist & Saw Mill which ground grain for livestock, eastward and south, going between the house and the barn to the mill foundations upon which the present Folks Feed mill is built.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

First mill was built c. 1790's by Conrad Kerlinger and the house was built c 1790 also by Conrad. The mill was a paper, flour and feed mill. The Conrad Kerlinger house is one of the oldest standing structures in .northeast Carroll Co.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The bank barn was built in 1794. In 1798, George Kerlinger had possession of the 40x40 mill, house, barn and surrounding buildings. Sometime in the early 1800s, the mill & farm property was purchased by Martin Kroh. Kroh sold the mill parcel and 96 acres to George Grove in 1845, and the other 210 acres with the farm was bought by John Kroh for an equal price of $9,000.00.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The community was known as Krohs Mill on an 1862 map. The 1862 map also shows a J.W. Tracey Saw & Grist Mill about a mile further west on Traceys Mill Road near present day Blackrock Road Junc. This was the Jake Tracey Saw & Grist Mill.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The back of the Folk's Feed Mill Compex. The part surviving from Tracey's 1881 mill, apparently surviving the fire of 1957, is the barely visible 2 story white structure to the left of the large metal storage bin.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert t. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The photo might be the original mill built in 1790. Grove operated the mill as a paper mill until he died in 1876, whereby the mill was sold to John W. Tracey. Tracey torn down the old paper mill in 1881, and constructed new mill buildings and put in new machinery. A 1877 atlas shows John W. Tracey with a saw and grist mill. The 1880 Census of Manufactures listed J. W. Tracey with a custom mill, 3 run of stone and 75 bu/diem capacity. It had a 12 horsepower overshot wheel, 4' broad.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The possible out fall back to the creek. Willis Tracey bought the Tracey Mill property in the early 1900s and also, in 1909, bought the farm previously owned by John Kroh, reuniting the two properties. Willis Tracey left the mill to his grandson, Donald Tracey Folk in 1932. His father acted as trustee until Donald came of age. The Kerlinger house was purchased by Donalds father, Charles in 1918 and is now owned by Donald also as is the Folks Feed Mill business, still actively operating.

Conrad Kerlinger's Mill site / Kroh's Paper Mill site / Tracey's Mill site & current Folk's Feed Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/14/2007

The feed warehouse, built by John Tracey, was built on the site of the paper mill. This mill burnt down in 1957. The present mill, owned by Donald Folk, was built in 1957-58. Donald states that the old John Tracey mill of 1881 was a three story frame structure.

He ever lives above For me to intercede. "Arise My Soul, Arise" by Charles Wesley 1707-1788
(From the Nazarene Hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: This mill & site is located on Md 86 about 1 mile southwest of Lineboro, right where Tracy's Mill Road goes west from Md 86.
 
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