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Coleman Mill
Lebanon Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | u/k
Township: South Londonderry Twp. | Watersource: Conewago Creek.


Coleman Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 10/31/1992

A fairly large mill of dimensions 45'x60', 2.5 stories above the ground. The building is contructed of a rather curious reddish sandstone with morter that is stained fron the rock. Seems structurally sound on the exterior. Need more Information on this one.

Coleman Mill
Picture: Robert T. Knisey 06/20/2006

This very nice remnant of the Colebrooke Furnace is all that survives of a once prosperous industrial community in the southwest corner of Lebanon County, Pa. *Update: Just wanted to let you know that the historic Daybooks for Colebrook Furnace indicate that the grist mill was constructed in 1793. During the general time period of 1791-1798 the Iron Masters House and other domestic buildings associated with the Furnace were constructed at the southwest corner of Elizabethtown Road/SR 241 and Manheim Road/SR 117. I am in the process of preparing a National Register nomination for them. Just wanted to let you know that the historic Daybooks for Colebrook Furnace indicate that the grist mill was constructed in 1793. During the general time period of 1791-1798 the Iron Masters House and other domestic buildings associated with the Furnace were constructed at the southwest corner of Elizabethtown Road (SR 241) and Manheim Road (SR 117). I am in the process of preparing a National Register nomination for them. Susan Cabot 11/10/2009* Susan

Coleman Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 06/20/2006

According to Dale Zimmerman, Game Lands Maintenance Supervisor, the mill and grounds (about 100 acres) were used by the Pennsylvania Cavalry from 1880 through 1934. The cavalry then moved to Fort Indiantown Gap and the mill Has been owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission since that time.

Coleman Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 06/20/2006

The mill is devoid of milling machinery with the exception of a steel overshot wheel in place in fair condition. Some of the flooring supports and interior structure is lacking in sturdiness and care is needed while inside, that only with supervision from Game Lands Maintenance Personnel.

Coleman Mill
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 06/20/2006

The Lebanon County Historical Society met in the 1990's, expressed interest in somehow preserving the milling structure, but lacked funding to do so. The Game Commission owns the mill but is not interested in the preservation of the structure. That is where the situation is stymied for the last 20 years.

"...If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
(John 8:31b,32 KJV)
Directions: On Pa 117, 3 miles west of Mt. Gretna Boro., at Colebrooke Furnace.
 
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