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Near Plainsboro in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Scudders Mills

 
 
Scudders Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, October 13, 2010
1. Scudders Mills Marker
Inscription. A grist mill, a saw mill and a fulling mill known as Scudders Mill was located on Old Harrison Street 500' from this spot. The mill has been destroyed and Harrison Street relocated, intersecting U. S. Route 1.

Built by Josiah Davison between 1737, when he bought the land from his brother. Dr. Daniel Brinton Davison, and 1749, when he sold it to Jacob Scudder of Long Island for 1,400 pounds.

He bequeathed the thriving mill to his son, Colonel William Scudder of the American Army. In December 1776 the British, housed nearby, destroyed the mill during the American Revolution.

Benjamin Gray and his wife, Jane, bought it at public auction on February 28, 1885, rebuilt the mill known as Grays Mills.

As people became less dependent on the mill, it was left to deteriorate.
 
Erected by Plainsboro Township, The Plainsboro Historical Society, the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the D & R Canal Commission.
 
Location. 40° 20.565′ N, 74° 37.787′ W. Marker is near Plainsboro, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Mapleton Road 0.3 miles from U.S. 1, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on a driveway leading to an unpaved
Scudders Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, October 13, 2010
2. Scudders Mills Marker
parking lot next to the D&R Canal Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Plainsboro NJ 08536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Canal Dug By Irishmen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burial site of "Elsie" (approx. 1.2 miles away); You'll Do Lobelia (approx. 1.2 miles away); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 1.5 miles away); John Witherspoon (approx. 1.5 miles away); Bainbridge House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Joseph Henry House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Princeton University (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plainsboro.
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,034 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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