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Sabillasville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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Water Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 27, 2021
1. Water Marker
Inscription.  Water to power the sawmill is diverted from Owens Creek into a millpond about a hundred meters upstream. From there the stored water is channeled into the millrace which delivers the water to the headrace at the sawmill. A series of control gates regulate the volume of water hitting the waterwheel thus its speed. Spent water is returned to Owens Creek via the tailrace.

The need for large volumes of water limited the operation of many water powered sawmills to high stream-flow periods, primarily in the spring months. A costly alternative was to construct a water storage dam large enough so that water could be diverted to power the mill throughout the year.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 39° 40.139′ N, 77° 28.619′ W. Marker is in Sabillasville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Located in Evan's Creek Campground, Catoctin Mountain Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15903 Foxville Deerfield Rd, Sabillasville MD 21780, 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 Power (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Sawing a Board (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumbering in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sawmill Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fueling the Furnace (approx. 2.3 miles away); Signs of the Past (approx. 2.3 miles away); Collier's Hut (approx. 2.4 miles away); Wood—the Essential Ingredient (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabillasville.
 
Water Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 27, 2021
2. Water Marker
Water image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 27, 2021
3. Water
Close-up of image on marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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