River View Mill

Aka Haldeman’s Mill

The stone mill built in 1840 by Solomon Haldeman was the first mill on the site. On February 20, 1847, and again on September 25, 1847, the mill was offered for sale at a public auction by Solomon Haldeman and his wife. It was three-stories high, made of the best quality materials. The canal passed nearly alongside of it. Solomon Haldeman was the father of Professor John Haldeman.

It was owned in 1849 by Isaac Kuhns, then Samuel Ebersole, and Abraham Collins in 1883. Abraham Collins was one of the wealthiest men in Lancaster County, owning over one thousand acres of land. Professor John Haldeman married the daughter of Abraham Collins.

J. M Biesecker was the owner in 1942 when the mill closed. J. M. Biesecker and his wife Lulu Biesecker offered the farm for public sale on January 25, 1947. The current owner is Joseph Schmidt who has owned the property since 1987. Currently it is vacant and in poor condition.

The mill is located at 2392 River Road, Bainbridge, PA.

Builtc. 1840
Structure3.5 Story Stone
Water SourceSnitz Creek
TownshipConoy
Headrace1300 ft
Dam Height6 ft
PowerOvershot Wheel
Capacity50 bbl/day
Front door of the Haldeman Mill
Front door of River View Mill