Eden Roller Mill

Aka Umble’s Mill

The first mill on this site was a fulling mill built by Abraham Zook in 1812. Joseph Zook had a carding mill in 1828 and it was purchased later by Andrew Schwartz. Sometime later it was Joseph Groff’s Mill. A covered bridge spanning the Conestoga was built in 1848 by Israel Groff. The bridge was 158 feet long, single-span bridge.

In 1856, Emanuel Shober converted it to a paper mill. Shober operated the paper mill for about 10 years. Emanuel’s son John A. Shober managed the mill at Eden for a few years and later built his own paper mill further down the Conestoga at Slackwater. In 1866, the paper mill was moved upstream to the mill at Binkley’s Bridge where the New Holland Turnpike crossed the Conestoga.

Soon after this, Benjamin W. Harnish built a new 2 story brick mill measuring 36 by 45 feet. Harnish also operated a foundry next to the mill. The Eden Foundry was one of the largest foundries in operation in its time. The mills operated under the name “Beecher and Harnish”.

Builtc1870
Structure3.5 Story Brick
Water SourceConestoga
TownshipEast Lampeter
TypeGrist
HeadraceNone
Tailrace12 feet
Dam Height4 feet
Power2 turbines
Capacity16 bbl / day

Around 1899 ownership transferred to J. K. Umble. From that time forward, the mill was known as “Umble’s Mill”. The foundry was no longer operating by this time. Christ Umble was the owner in 1919 and operated the mill into the 1920s. The covered bridge was replaced by a concrete one in 1962. In 2022, the mill is in good condition and is being used as a garage.

The mill is located at 689 Millcross Road, Lancaster PA.