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Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Cumberland Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | 1795
Township: Silver Springs Twp. | Watersource: Conodoquinet Creek.


Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: JimMiller 07/13/2007

The mill is at the community of Houston's Mill on Willow Mill Park Rd. north of Hogestown from US 11.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Old Postcard contributed by Ted Hazen

This is another view of the Old mill at Hogestown, in Cumberland County, from 1910-18.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 07/13/2007

The mill is a 2.5 story limestone mill measuring about 45' by 60' built in 1795 and known then as the John Walker Mill.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Pa. State Lib. C.1910 courtesy Winnie Stitt

In this vintage 1910 photo, the mill was known as Houston's Mill, also the name given to the little hamlet.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 07/13/2007

Piers out in the Conodoquinet Creek that used to support a covered bridge that continued Skyline Drive across Willow Park Road, the creek and connecting with Old Willow Mill Road on the east side of the Conodoquinet Creek.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 07/13/2007

Canadian geese clustered on a small island in the Conodoquinet Creek just upstream of the old bridge piers.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 07/13/2007

The mill used to have two doors, one above the other, as seen in the vintage photo. Today, the upper door has been stortened to a window and the lower door broadened into a garage size door. The low dormer windows, since boarded up, on the south side have been added since 1910.

Houston's Mill / Willow Mill
Picture: JimMiller 07/13/2007

The rear of the mill showing the inlet arch for the millrace on the north side. *Update: Houston's/Hustin's Mill, in a country where they are tearing down mills, is being preserved. They have created a non-profit association and raised money fix the foundation (done) and they are turning it into a community center. It should also be noted; at one point in time, this mill and property was owned by Raymond DeWalt/ the inventor of the cross cut saw. Brad Filipovich 06/02/2009*

"I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.
(Psalm 31:7&8 NKJV)
Directions: Go north on Pa 114 from Mechanicsburg, Pa. past US 11 0.3 miles and turn left on Willow Mill Park Road. Go 0.7 miles on this road to the mill oppisite the junction of Willow Park Road and Skyline Drive.
 
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