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Near Utica in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

"Ye Olde Mill"

Built in 1817

 
 
Ye Olde Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
1. Ye Olde Mill Marker
Inscription.  This grist mill erected by an early settler, Clarence McKnight, was one of the largest on the frontier. The entire mill was powered by an overshot water wheel. The existing 2,000 pound water wheel is 18 feet in diameter.

Restoration began in 1970 by the Velvet Ice Cream Company in conjunction with the Dager family. Ye Olde Mill is dedicated to our American heritage and for the enjoyment of all.

[Second Marker at Site]
Ye Olde Mill, Utica, Ohio
The original Ye Olde Mill was built in 1817. This is the fourth mill on this site and the second mill erected on the present foundation.

Ye Olde Mill was one of the largest mills in the new Ohio frontier. It was originally water powered by the Licking River. A stone dam built about 1/4 mile up stream diverted water into a man-made canal called the “mill race”. That water turned the water wheel which turned the millstones for grinding wheat into flour.

After the water flowed over the wheel, it goes to the “mill pond”, into the “tail race” and back to the river.

[Third Marker at
Ye Olde Mill and Water Wheel Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
2. Ye Olde Mill and Water Wheel Markers
this Site]

Water Wheel
This water wheel is powered by cooling water from the refridgeration process used by Velvet Ice Cream Company. The water is piped underground, up to the wooden frame and over the wheel.

The water wheel is 10 feet 4 inches in diameter, 4 feet in width and weighs over 3,000 pounds.
 
Erected by Velvet Ice Cream Company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 40° 12.895′ N, 82° 26.513′ W. Marker is near Utica, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker can be reached from Mt. Vernon Road. Markers are mounted next to the water wheel at Velvet Ice Cream Company's "Ye Olde Mill," about one mile south of Utica. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11324 Ohio Route 13 (Mt Vernon Road), Utica OH 43080, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ice Harvesting (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hufford House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Homer Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Major General William Starke Rosecrans / Bishop Sylvester Horton Rosecrans
Ye Olde Mill and Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
3. Ye Olde Mill and Water Wheel
Markers are mounted on the stone support of the water wheel.
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Victoria Claflin-Woodhull-Martin / First Woman Candidate for President of the United States (approx. 5.1 miles away); Brandon World War II Honor Roll (approx. 7˝ miles away); John Sparks (approx. 7.6 miles away); Licking County TB Sanatorium / Licking County Health Department (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Utica.
 
Ye Olde Mill Sign along OH Rt 13 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
4. Ye Olde Mill Sign along OH Rt 13
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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