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Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
York Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | 1741
Township: Heidelberg Twp. | Watersource: Oil Creek.


Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: Unknown-1866-sub, Nathan Keefer-03/10/2013

Earliest known photograph of the mill... circa 1866.. Shows the saw mill to the side of the grist mill.

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: Unknown-1875-sub, Nathan Keefer-03/10/2013

1875... Standing on the porch is George Jacobs, who family operated the mill until 1938.. Family sold the property in 2011.. George is mentioned in several history books for his attempt at saving a drowning girl in the mill race.

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: Unknown-1922-sub, Nathan Keefer-03/10/2013

1922.. Pictured are Roy, Alvin, Goldie, and Mollie Jacobs.. Roy was the last operator of the mill before it's collapse.

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: Unknown-1932-

1932.. An entire village was built around this mill, Jacobs Mills. The mill had become a country store for the village. Notice the Coca Cola signs on the left front of the building.

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: Unknown-1938-sub, Nathan Keefer-03/10/2013

1938... The side wall collapses, nearly 200 years after it was built.GPS: 39D 49.81'N, 76D 55.66'W ele. 541'/165 meters Hanover Quadrangle

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: 2013-Nathan Keefer

After many questions and a lot of speculation of what could be left of the mill, this was pulled out of a flower bed

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: 2013 Nathan Keefer

The Grist Mill and saw mill are currently under excavation. An estimated 7 feet of the bottom floors walls are still in tact and standing. Elders in the area who remember the mill, suggest the wheel is also buried, as well as the majority of both mills, all under the ground.

Eichelberger/Jacobs'/Risher Mill
Picture: 2013 Nathan Keefer

Some of the rock foundation walls. Built by a man named Peter Risher in 1741.. From 1761-1866, it was known as Eichelberger Mill, shown on maps and even written of in the Eichelberger biography book, as well as the History of York County by Gibson in 1884. It was Jacobs' Mill from 1866 until it's collapse in 1938.. The Confederate Army's famous march to Gettysburg was, in part, down Sr 116. One of their stops was this Mill. Spoken of in the Inundation of York County, 1884, Historic Register Endorsement. It is the current owner's intention to reconstruct the mill with it's original materials.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart,; Come quickly from above; Write Thy new name upon my heart, Thy new, best name of Love. "O for a Heart to Praise My God" by Charles Wesley 1707-1788
(Fom the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: East of Hanover on Sr 116, turn left on Jacobs Mill Rd.. Can't miss it.


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