“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Swauger Mill

New Germany State Park


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By Don Morfe, September 30, 2011
1. Swauger Mill Marker
Inscription. In 1850, this land was the site of a three-story gristmill, which processed wheat, buckwheat and cornmeal for the people who lived in the village of New Germany. John Swauger built the gristmill piece by piece, using hardwood from his own property, carving and polishing many of the gears and pulleys by hand.

In the early 1900ís the mill was sold to Irish immigrants Phillip and Michael McAndrews, who built an imposing ten room home next to the mill. The mill remained at this location until the early 1930ís when President Rooseveltís Civilian Conservation Corps bulldozed the entire operation to make way for the parking facility you see before you. This work was the beginning of what would become the recreation area known as New Germany State Park. Today, all these buildings have vanished. Only the old millstones standing guard at the entrance to Parking Lot #5 remain.

The gristmill was a huge structure with three stories and a basement. It was operated with waterpower from the nearby lake. A sluice, or millrace, was built on a series of trestles to move the water from the east side of the lake to the mill. The water passed under the dirt road by way of a wooden culvert and then entered the sluice. The sluice then carried the water several hundred yards into the mill.

The water was funneled onto an overshot wheel, about 40

Swauger Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2011
2. Swauger Mill Marker
Old Mill Stones
feet in diameter. A series of large buckets occupied the outer perimeter of the wheel. The weight of the water filling the buckets caused the wheel to turn. The basement housed the main drive gear, from which a series of other gears were operated by various belts, driving the millís many grinding operations. Excess water from the millís operation ran off into nearby Poplar Lick Run.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 39° 37.938′ N, 79° 7.344′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on McAndrews Hill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Germany Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Lee Payne (approx. 2.2 miles away); Little Meadows (approx. 4.4 miles away); Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber (approx. 4.5 miles away); Stantonís Mill (approx. 4.5 miles away); Yoder House (approx. 4.6 miles away); The National Pike (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grantsville.
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Swauger Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2011
3. Swauger Mill Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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