Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Three Centuries of Milling Grain

The Springhouse in the foreground at the Anselma Mill, Chester Springs, PA

Over 300 years ago, 
the land on which the Anselma Mill stands was once owned by William Penn, 
the founder of Pennsylvania -  
and by US standards 
three centuries is a very long time in history. 


In the mid 18th century, 
a mill was built here for local farmers to grind their grain 

Step Into History

On Wednesdays 
the mill hosts a farmer's market 
where you can purchase their stone ground flour and corn meal 
ground with the original colonial era power train.

Three Bags Full, Anselma Mill, Chester Springs, PA

I think this is all pretty cool. 

Spinning, Anselma Mill, Chester Springs, PA

And so did Mr. Engineer 
who came along and asked the volunteers many questions. 

Mr. Engineer Gets An Explanation

I am one of those people who hates to see one 
pave paradise knock down a mill 
to put up a parking lot shopping mall.  

Gears, Anselma Mill, Chester Springs, PA

1730 Conestoga Rd. 
Chester Springs, PA 19425

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Tamar SB said...

What history! Gorgeous shots!

MadSnapper said...

amazing old piece of history and i to am glad it still stands and even works. love the rock building...

Wayne said...

I love these old mechanical wonders!

Alicia said...

Those photos are awesome! I would have liked to hear some of what Mr. Engineer was being told, I find this type of thing fascinating!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful captures! Looks like a great place to take pictures. I hate to see places like this knocked down as well.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful details - love them, especially the moving mill stone! These look very much like the details of how a windmill works:) Hope your summer is going well Rebecca!

Mitzi said...

Great history and beautiful buildings! Love the mill stone! Stunning!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Awesome mill and I am so glad that it is still being used. Nice trip for you and hubby.

Molly said...

We have an old water mill on the edge of our town. Looks very similar to this one but has at least a hundred years on it age wise.


Kim said...

Wow! These shots are something else! They should hire you for publications.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

A great post. Beautiful place to visit!