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Colesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Valley Mill

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 24, 2018
1. Valley Mill Marker
Inscription.  Several water powered mills operated along Paint Branch from as early as 1723. In the 1790s, Peter Kemp built a saw and grist mill and brick miller's cottage on this site. Two subsequent mills replaced the original in the nineteenth century. The first, constructed in 1835 by Dr. Washington Duvall, became the leading producer of corn meal in Montgomery County by mid-century. In 1879, Franklin Pilling built the mill known as Valley Mill. Pilling replaced the old water wheel with a more efficient poole and hunt turbine, a portion of which remains. The centralization of milling to the mid-west in the late 1800s caused the economic demise of numerous small mills. The Valley Mill ceased to operated by 1930.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Park Commission, Department of Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 39° 3.957′ N, 76° 58.679′ W. Marker is in Colesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from East
Valley Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 24, 2018
2. Valley Mill Marker
Randolph Road west of Tourmaline Court, on the left when traveling east. On the grounds of Valley Mill Special Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring MD 20904, 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. A different marker also named Valley Mill (a few steps from this marker); Edmonston's Mill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowden's Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fawcett's Mill (approx. ¾ mile away); Smithville Colored School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rachel Carson House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Northwest Branch (approx. 2½ miles away); Mica Mine Ruins (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colesville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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