“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jones Falls Area in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Whitehall Mill

Historic Sites of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley

Whitehall Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 25, 2019
1. Whitehall Mill Marker
Whitehall Mill began as White Hall gristmill on this site in the late 1700s. When David Carroll and Horatio Grambill purchased it in 1839, they built a textile factory for weaving cotton duck used in making sails for ships. Soon after, a cluster of homes and a boarding house were built nearby for mill workers that later became known as Clipper Village.

As business boomed, Carroll and Gambrill built more textile mills along the Jones Falls. Over the years, Whitehall was expanded, burned, rebuilt, and even renamed. Upon rebuilding after an 1854 fire, the name was changed to Clipper Mill.

By the end of the century, the enterprise was folded into the Mount Vernon-Woodberry Cotton Duck Company, a national conglomerate that controlled as much as 80% of the world’s cotton duck manufacturing.

By 1925, however, the property was sold and converted to accommodate manufacturing new products. Several smaller companies passed through the mill, among them Purity Paper Vessels, a manufacturer of paper food containers and the I. Sekine Brush Company, a maker of men’s grooming products and toothbrushes. At one time, Penguin
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Books used Whitehall for storage.

Most recently, developer Terra Nova Ventures transformed the building into a mixed-use development with a planned market. Architects Alexander Design Studio restored much of the long-neglected mill, bringing new life to Whitehall Mill’s historic structure.
Erected by Baltimore Heritage Organization.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 39° 19.627′ N, 76° 38.204′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in the Jones Falls Area. Marker is on Clipper Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2010 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore MD 21211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evergreen on the Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saving Okapi (approx. ¼ mile away); Ghosts of the forest (approx. 0.3 miles away); Family Matters (approx. 0.3 miles away); "…And Oh, We Had Fun" (approx. 0.3 miles away); African Savannah Elephant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Living with Elephants (approx. 0.3 miles away); An Innovative Partnership (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Whitehall Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 25, 2019
2. Whitehall Mill Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 22, 2023