Greenbank Mill

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I've posted about Greenbank Mill in Delaware in the past, but I've never had a good opportunity to get some good pictures there in the daylight hours. Yesterday they held a flea market fund raiser, and though we didn't find anything exciting (two books), I did get the opportunity to get finally get some decent pictures.

Here's the old water wheel that powers, or, rather, powered, the mill. There was a severe storm about 10 years ago that damaged much of the upper part of the creek and the mill's canal was damaged as well. It will take about $100,000, they estimate, to repair it. Nonetheless, it's still there and a great example of revolutionary era technology. You can see how the water wheel connects to the gear with the chain. This get up ultimately connects to the mill inside.

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I don't have a picture of the mill itself, but I do have this picture of one of the old mill wheels. Yes, this was used to grind wheat into flour. Yes, it it made from stone. And yes, this is where the term "stone ground" comes from.

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The mill doesn't grind wheat anymore. They could if the stream actually ran the mill, but they won't, even if the mill spun. Wheat is actually flammable and they don't want to run the risk, but it would be neat if they could get the mill to spin to show how the engineering of it all works.

That said, they are still an active sheep shearing farm, and they have plenty of sheep! Here is the old farm and the farmhouse, both of which are still in use. The farm houses the sheep as well as an apartment that is rented to a tenant (that would be an awesome place to live), and the farmhouse doubles as a museum and apartment (also an awesome place to live). All the sheep apparently have names. The farmhouse is where the Mill hosts "storytelling" time in the fall (which starts again in September! I'm very excited).

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Because I was there I also took a wide angle of the mill house. There are several mill powered looms on the right side of the building which, of course, are no longer powered by the mill, because the mill doesn't work. But they otherwise do shear the sheep and weave the resulting wool in proper "period" times. Very neat stuff.

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And finally, the two books that I bought at the flea market. Yes, I am excited to read both of these.

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Always so cool to check out places like that! So much history in one spot. Gives you a better idea of how hard we used to have to work to get things like flour or other milled grain. Looks like you should get a good dose of history in those book choices, as well!

Right?? Who knew that getting flour used to be more difficult than going to the grocery store!

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Thank you!

Wonderful photos at the mill, and a great job of catching the grinding wheel and mechanism! It is a shame they don't work any more... there is a mill near where I live that was used back in the 1800s and is still going today as an educational and historic site. I think they mostly grind corn instead of wheat, if I remember correctly. Excellent job on the pics, though, and thanks for telling us about this place!

Thank you very much! I love these old living museums, especially when they are able to be kept up so well. There was another old mill not that far to the north of here that unfortunately finally stopped grinding a few years back. The building, at least, has been kept and is now an antique store.

That is cool to see a piece of history and how things were made way back when. It's beautiful. It's unfortunate that you didn't get to see it in action but just seeing it is still neat.

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Right? I love places like this. There are a few others in the area that I enjoy going to, too.