Herr’s Mill

Aka Lefever’s Mill

100 S. Ronks Road, Ronks, PA

(Lord 43-05) John Herr, son of Christian Herr and grandson of Hans Herr, purchased 1100 acres from Herman Richman in 1730 and in 1740 built a three story grist and saw mill on the Pequea Creek. The mill property passed to his son, John Herr and then to his son, Squire John Herr. The mill then passed to Benjamin B. Herr and then to Lincoln Lefever his nephew. In 1864 and 1875 the mill was owned by B. B. Herr and by Mrs. A. L. Lefever in 1899. The mill was last operated by Lewis Snyder and closed in 1924. Currently it is part of a outdoor museum with some patched-together mill equipment and a “demonstration” exterior water wheel, a type which was not found in Lancaster County.

Structure2.5 Story Stone /
Water SourcePequea Creek
TypeGrist / Saw
Headrace1500 feet
Tailrace1200 Feet
Power2 Turbines
Capacity25 bbl / day