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Abbott's Mill

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
1. Abbott's Mill Marker
Inscription. The origin of Abbott’s Mill can be traced to the fall of 1795 when local carpenter Nathan Willey entered into a contract to purchase land at this location. On April 23, 1802, Willey and several of his neighbors presented a petition to the Court of General Sessions stating that he had “at a large expense erected, and just finished” a grist mill on the site. Citing the many advantages to the citizens of the neighborhood, the petition requested that a new road be extended to the recently-completed mill.

Following Willey’s death in 1812 the mill was sold to James Owens, and then to Isaac Riggs. From 1821 until 1874 it was owned by members of the Johnson family, and while the property passed through the hands of several subsequent owners, it was known as “Johnson’s Mill” until it was purchased by miller Ainsworth Abbott in 1919. The core of the present mill building is believed to have been constructed on the foundation of the original structure during the latter portion of the 19th century.

The mill was operated by Mr. Abbott until shortly before the State of Delaware began the acquisition of the property in 1963. Abbott’s Mill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Adjoining property was added to the Register in 1979. The site is now a part of the Delaware Nature Society’s

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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
2. Abbott's Mill
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, which offers programs and activities designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of our natural environment.
 
Location. 38° 53.163′ N, 75° 28.577′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Abbott's Pond Road 0.1 miles east of Lindale Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford DE 19963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Griffith's Chapel (approx. 1.8 miles away); Milford (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Milford (approx. 2.9 miles away); Parson Thorne Mansion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mispillion River Greenway Historical Sites (approx. 3 miles away); Vale-Williams Memorial City Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Milford (approx. 3.1 miles away); Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milford.
 
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Abbott's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
3. Abbott's Mill
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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
4. Abbott's Mill
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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
5. Abbott's Pond
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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
6. Abbott's Pond Sign
 
 
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