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Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Lancaster Co. | Pennsylvania | USA | 1775
Township: Elizabeth Twp. | Watersource: Hammer Creek.


Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 10/24/1987

Christian Stauffer built this 65'X 40'X 3.5 story sandstone/brownstone & frame mill in 1775, one year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

Jacob Stauffer is suspected of building a prior mill, before 1758, on the site.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 07/23/2007

The photo shows the northern half of the mill. The second miller's house would be to the right.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

The Stauffer family owned it through 1824, then a period passed of insufficient records until 1864, when Edward L. Kreider is shown as owner.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

From 1875 through 1899, it was known as E.B. Brubaker's grist and saw mill. The water inlet can be seen at the arch behind the steps.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

The end of the barn type mill next to the second miller's residence, a three story Second Empire home, somewhat modified, which stands between Hammmer Creek and the mill.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

The mill was powered by Hammer Creek. A 2500' headrace supplied water power to the 2 turbines and 1 overshot wheel, utilizing 8' of fall before returning to the creek via the 500' tailrace.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

Flour was also produced to the tune of 90 barrels/day. The original miller's house across Zartman's Mill Road from the mill.

Lexington / Zartman's Mill
Picture: Jim Miller 06/23/2007

In 1969, the mill was owned and operated by E.K. Zartman. In 1987 it was being used for storage and had been fixed up somewhat by 1995.

"My hands also will I lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes...upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life."
(Psalm 119:48,49b,50 NKJV)
Directions: From the intersection of S. Broad St./Pa 501 and E. Main St./Pa 772 in Lititz, Pa. go north on Pa 501 FOR 3.5-4 miles to left turn onto Zartman Mill Road. Go about 0.8 miles to junc. with Evans Rd. to the left, Zartman Mill Rd. straight ahead, and Old Pike Rd. to the right. The mill is on the right just on the far side of the intersection.
 
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