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Amazing Milling Machinery 2

I am currently working on a project sponsored by the Ressler Mill Foundation. The Ressler Mill Foundation manages the Mascot Roller Mill on the Mill Stream in Upper Leacock Township. The foundation has engaged a mill wright to refurbish the milling equipment, not necessarily for the purpose...

Amazing Milling Machinery 1

I was first attracted to Lancaster County’s old grist mills because of their unique architecture. I began photographing them years ago not knowing where that practice might take me. Lately, I have been privileged to get inside some of the mills and have found that they are...

John Houston

Many of the first European settlers of Lancaster County (originally part of Chester County) came to this part of the world to escape religious persecution. Among these were the French Huguenots with names like Feree, Lefevre, and Leman. Others were the Swiss-German anabaptists named Herr, Funk, Bowman,...

Birding Along the Conestoga Greenway

Yesterday, December 28, I walked the length of the Conestoga Greenway Trail with my son who is an avid birder. Thanks to his good hearing and eyesight, and a little help from the Merlin Bird ID app, we were able to identify the many species of birds...

Creek or River?

Is the Conestoga a creek or a river? People who grew up along its banks and fished or swam in its waters often prefer to call it the Conestoga Creek. Or, as it is pronounced in the vernacular, “crick”. The signs along the major highways that cross...

Conestoga River Nominated for River of the Year

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) nominates up to five watersheds each year for the honor of being recognized as the River of the Year. In addition to bragging rights, the award includes a $10,000 grant to the organization that nominated the river. The Conestoga...

Mill Monday 30 – Millport

If you travel on the old Strasburg Pike, you have probably noticed an old mill that is sitting almost on the road, about one half mile south of the Lincoln Highway. On the side of the mill is painted a fading sign that advertises John H. Bonholtzer’s...

Mill Monday 29 – Cloister

It’s Monday morning! As I mentioned last week, today is the last installment of my Mill Monday series. I haven’t covered all the mills that are still standing in Lancaster County, and I apologize if I didn’t feature your favorite mill. But all good things must come...

Mill Monday 28 – Sickman’s

It’s Monday morning! Time to feature another one of Lancaster County Pennsylvania’s water-powered grist mills. Today I will feature a popular destination on the Pequea Creek in Conestoga Township. Sickmans mill has featured a campground and tubing excursions on the Pequea for many years although, like many...

Mill Monday 27 – Stoneroad’s

It’s Monday morning! Time to feature another one of Lancaster County Pennsylvania’s water-powered grist mills. Today we travel back to Manor township and visit another mill on the Little Conestoga just downstream from Maple Grove. This is one of the oldest mill sites in the county, dating...