- Standard View
A fairly old mill of 35'x45' dimensions and of 3.5 story stature. The mill is constructed of flat fieldstones that resemble brick with actual brick being used for part of the back portion. The mill did a flourishing business in the early 1900's with the milling operation, a sawmill using electicity, and a retail hay trade. The present building was built by William L. & David Derstine.
An exterior waterwheel may have been employed at some time as evidenced by the square hole in the brick back wall above a stone foundation of sorts, which could have been a wheel pit. The brick miller's house, built in 1870, is to the west of the mill and is of Gothic Style architecture. The mill was vacant in the late 1970's/early 1980's and was owned by the Glasco Construction Co.
Michael Derstein (other spellings: Dirstein, Duerrstein, Durstine, Derstine) emigrated from the Palatinate section of Germany in 1732, settling at Rockhill, Bucks County in 1736. After marrying Agnes Kolb, a resident of Skippack, he became a prosperous miller. He built the first mill at this location around the 1740's; and he also helped to establish the Rockhill Mennonite Church in that same time frame.
Most of the Derstines in America stremmed from this man, scattering in the early 1800's to western Pennsylvania, Ontario (Canada), New York and Ohio. Later to other states including Florida.GPS: 40� 20.66'N, 75� 18.68'W 361' elevation
Photo taken on a visit back to SE Pa. to see my brother, who was sick.GPS: 40° 20.64' N 75° 18.67' W ele 344'/105 meters Telford Quadrangle