There Was More to White Mills than Glass
Men, Women, and Children Put Life into the Community.
The White Mills Community Trail
There was more to White Mills than glass and glassmaking. The people who lived here — im[m]igrants and their descendants — built an active, vital community. Devout worship and a love of country, entertainment, sports, education, and commerce complimented their strong work ethic. Families and neighbors shared a common experience, which sustained them through good times and bad. White Mills is a community proud of its heritage but ready for the future.
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The 1867 Glassworker's House (third on the left) became the catalyst for historic preservation in While Mills when Dr. Walter Barbe purchased it to preserve it in 2001. Seven sloped-roofed buildings, completed in early 1867, were the first houses built by Christian Dorflinger for the workers at his nearby glass factory. In fewer than two years, thirty-three more houses were built in White Mills for 182 employees and their families. The house was restored to its 1875 condition when siding was placed over the board-and-batten walls, and the back porch (summer kitchen) and part of the front porch were enclosed.
Eddie Murphy played on the White Mills baseball team, managed by John C. Dorflinger, in 1907. Murphy, a right fielder, made it to the World Series of 1913 with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. His former friends in White Mills fashioned him a regulation-size cut-glass bat. It was to be presented by Governor John K. Tener, but he was detained by official business, so the gift was made by John C. Dorflinger.
As in countless other American towns at the turn of the century, the general interest and activity during the summer in White Mills centered around the success of the local ball club. Nearly every boy owned a ball and glove, and many boys later graduated into the Big Leagues, including White Mill's own Eddie Murphy, second from the left in the back row. Team manager John C. Dorflinger is the
The first school near White Mills was located in Palmyra Township, just south of the present day village. It was built circa 1850 for the children of the employees of Farnham's Saw Mills. Soon after Christian Dorflinger built his glassworks in White Mills in 1865, this school was too small due to the many newcomers to the area. Dorflinger solved the problem by building another school around 1870 in Texas Township, just north of his glassworks. This frame building, which was torn down in 2007, was two stories high. Both schools were replaced in 1900 by the brick structure pictured above. It was constructed in 1899 on School Street and today is a private residence.
Erected by Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, DCNR, Lackawanna Wonderful, and National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Settlements & Settlers • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 41° 31.627′ N, 75° 12.131′ W. Marker is in White Mills, Pennsylvania, in Wayne County. Marker is on the grounds of the Dorflinger Factory Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 Elizabeth Street, White Mills PA 18473, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skills Passed Down through Generations... (a few steps from
Also see . . .
1. Dorflinger Factory Museum. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dorflinger Glass Museum. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. White Mills Community Trail may open in fall (2008 Wayne Independent article). (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Eddie Murphy. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.