Naples in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Naples c1859 - Powered by Grimes Creek
Harnessing the Power
Water gushing out of Grimes Glen was dammed at the mouth of the glen and directed into a wooden raceway that carried it to mills throughout the village.
The raceway fed Naples Mill, along the route that is now named Race Street. The raceway is long gone but the Naples Mill building is still standing.
Production of Flour from Grain
Section Through Millstones
To grind grain, massive millstones were turned against each other using water power. Grain was fed through the center of the top stone to a space between the stones, which could be adjusted to determine the coarseness of the end product. Grooves in the stones channeled the grindings to the outside edge where they were collected. The grain was then sorted, packaged, and shipped.
A depression in the ground near the parking area is where a mill pond was located. The pond and raceway created the water height (head) required to flow over the top of the waterwheels that powered the mills.
This map pf Naples in 1859 shows the raceway winding from the glen through the community, seving several mills. The
Naples Mill was built here in 1850 on the site of an earlier mill. The power source was upgraded through the years; the waterwheel was replaced by a turbine, then a steam engine, and then, in 1909, by electric power.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 42° 36.926′ N, 77° 24.838′ W. Marker is in Naples, New York, in Ontario County. Marker is on Vine Street one mile west of South Main Street (New York State Route 21). Marker is in a kiosk at Grimes Glen Park at the end of Vine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4703 Vine Street, Naples NY 14512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grimes Glen (a few steps from this marker); Naples (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Memorial - Canesque, Chief of the Senecas (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Naples (approx. 1.2 miles away); Carolbarb Park (approx. 4.4 miles away); Woodville (approx. 4˝ miles away); Old Clearview . (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naples.
Also see . . . Grimes Glen Park - Ontario County. (Submitted on November 2, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.