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

Watkins Mill

 
 
Watkins Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jakub Kaluzny, October 9, 2007
1. Watkins Mill Marker
Inscription.  A water-powered grist mill was located here on Seneca Creek as early as 1783 on property known as Gray’s Neck owned by Adin Gray. In the mid-19th century, it was operated first by Levi Snyder, then by Remis Snyder as both a grist and saw mill and the road was known as Snyder’s Mill Road. In 1877, the mill was bought by Levi Watkins who operated it as a grist mill powered by an overshot wheel running two pairs of stones. It was destroyed by fire in 1908. The nearby miller’s house burned down in 1920. The mill pond was on the east side of the road and part of the mill race (ditch) can still be seen on the west side of the bridge. Watkins Mill was located near the mill race on the north bank of the creek.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Park Commission Department of Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1783.
 
Location. 39° 11.22′ N, 77° 12.87′ W. Marker is near Montgomery Village, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Watkins Mill Road north of Apple Ridge Road, on
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the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery Village MD 20886, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middlebrook Mills (approx. 1.6 miles away); Goshen Mills (approx. 1.9 miles away); Nike Missile Local Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Reflections of Old Germantown (approx. 3 miles away); Brookes, Russell and Walker Historic District (approx. 3.1 miles away); Liberty Mill (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Thomas Cannery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Chestnut/Meem Historic District (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Watkins Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jakub Kaluzny, October 9, 2007
2. Watkins Mill Marker
Watkins Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2018
3. Watkins Mill Marker
This one-sided marker faces a small parking lot in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park.
Watkins Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2018
4. Watkins Mill Marker
This marker is on the Seneca Greenway Trail where it crosses Watkins Mill Road.
Great Seneca Creek image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2018
5. Great Seneca Creek
The creek passes under Watkins Mill Road just north of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,115 times since then and 160 times this year. Last updated on August 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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