Milltown Mill

Aka Hess’s

4887 Newport Road, Kinzers, PA

(Lord 50-01) In 1744 the Great Conestoga Road passed by Blythe’s Mill. In 1744 Samuel and Margaret Blythe sold the mill to son, William Blythe and in 1751 William and Katherine Blythe mortgaged 20 acres and a grist mill to John Houston. A mill was erected near the Leacock line by John Houston in the year 1752 or 1753. In 1759 John Houston and Martha his wife mortgaged 20 acres and a grist mill to Sabastian Graff. Township records show that in 1759 and in 1766 John Houston was taxed on a grist mill and in 1770 it was Daniel Houston, in 1780 it was James Houston, in 1781 it was William Houston, in 1782 it was Robert Houston, 1783 William Houston [in Leacock], in 1784 David Houston, and from 1786 to 1789 Daniel Houston. In 1792 John Houston sold the mill to Christian Hess. The present building was erected by Christian Hess about 1800. Christian Hess was taxed on a mill from 1790 to 1809; Christian Hess and Christian Hess, Jr. from 1810 to 1816 and Christian Hess from 1818 to 1825. In 1815, Christian Hess owned a stone mill 45×55 feet on Pequea Creek. By 1860 it was owned by Dan Denlinger and by 1870 by Jacob Hunsecker, and in 1899 by E. E. Hunsecker. There was a fIre in the mill in 1937 and it was partly rebuilt. In 1969 it was Hess’ Mill, in 1994 a country market and craft shop, and was “for sale” in 1995. In 2014 it was used for apartments.

Structure2.5 Story Stone
Water SourcePequea Creek
Headrace1300 feet
Tailrace60 feet
Dam Height8 feet
Power2 Turbine
Capacity20 bbl / day