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McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Washington Co. | Maryland | USA | c. 1778
Township: District #2 | Watersource: Downy Branch Spring of Big Slack Water.



McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

This mill was built c. 1778. This picture is the typical one seen of this mill.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

At one time the mill was owned by a man named Avis and was known as Shaffer's Old Flowering (Flouring) Mill. The falls on the stream feeding the water-powered mechanisms of the mill.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

At this time the mill produced flour, feed, and plaster. The photo shows the rear facade of the mill.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

Another name for the mill was Cedar Grove Mill. In 1814 it was owned by Benjamin Galloway. The penstock bring water power to the distribution box above the steel overshot wheel.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

The mill stones were on the second floor and driven by a 24' diameter wooden, overshot waterwheel. The present steel waterwheel is shown in its mount.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

This wooden wheel was later replaced by a 24' Fitz overshot Wheel, still intact in 2010. A view of the front, looking up at the catshead/sack hoist.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

All other equipment has been removed. The mill was closed in 1922 following a devastating flood.

McMahon's Mill / Charles Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 07/04/2010

The National Park Service acquired the mill c. 1976. GPS: 77' 49.24W, 39' 31.50N

When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found! "The Solid Rock" by Edward Mote
(From the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: At the end of Avis Mill Rd. From Williamsport, go south on Md 63 about 1.5 miles to Md 632 (Dam #4 Road). Turn right and go a short distance to Avis Mill Road on the left. Drive to the end of the road. The mill is on the right.
 
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