Water Mill in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The James Corwith Grist Mill
Built in 1800
at Sag Harbor
Moved to this site in 1814
by James Corwith and operated
as a mill until 1887
Tablet placed by
Southampton Colony Chapter
Daughters of the Revolution
Erected 1934 by Southampton Colony Chapter Daughters of the Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 40° 54.576′ N, 72° 21.234′ W. Marker is in Water Mill, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Old Mill Road, on the right when traveling east on Montauk Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Water Mill NY 11976, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Water Mill Rolls of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); First Watermill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lt. Colonel Lawrence R. Boyll, Sr. (approx. 2.4 miles away); General William Erskine Headquarters (approx. 2.4 miles North End Graveyard (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Old Fort (approx. 2˝ miles away); 1707 Meeting House (approx. 2˝ miles away); Southampton World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Water Mill.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the mill, above the front entrance.
Also see . . .
1. Windmill at Water Mill, Montauk Highway & Halsey Lane, Water Mill, Suffolk County, NY. Library of Congress website entry:
Historic American Buildings Survey record for the Corwith mill, with photos and schematics, as well as a 35+ page essay on the history of the mill, including information on other windmills on Long Island. (Submitted on December 7, 2017.)
2. Water Mill Museum. Museum website homepage:
"The Corwith windmill is the smallest, and second oldest, of 11 surviving windmills on the South Fork of Long Island, which has the largest regional group of windmills in America. Of the local mills, it is the only example of the early type of smock mill, which had a stationary tower with a revolving cap that sat directly on a greased curb at the top of the tower Later smock windmills, such as the Hayground mill, had rollers on the curbs to facilitate rotating the cap and its wind sails." (Submitted on December 7, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.