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Water Mill in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Watermill

1644

 
 
First Watermill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2017
1. First Watermill Marker
Inscription.

Built by Edward Howell
near this site for
Southampton Colony

 
Erected 1975 by Suffolk County A.R.B.C.
 
Location. 40° 54.563′ N, 72° 21.388′ W. Marker is in Water Mill, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Old Mill Road 0 miles west of Montauk Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 Old Mill Road, Water Mill NY 11976, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The James Corwith Grist Mill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Mill Rolls of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); General William Erskine Headquarters (approx. 2.3 miles away); Southampton World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pyrrhus Concer (approx. 2.7 miles away); Triangular Commons (approx. 3.4 miles away); Bridgehampton Founders Monument (approx. 3 miles away); Wick's Tavern (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Water Mill.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Water Mill (Water Mill Museum). The history of the water mill begins with Edward Howell who came to Southampton, Long Island
First Watermill Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2017
2. First Watermill Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here on the right side of the road, with the Water Mill Museum on the left. The Museum is currently boarded up and undergoing renovation.
in 1640 with English colonists from Lynn, Massachusetts. Howell had owned a water mill on a pond in Lynn so it was not surprising that he settled on a 100-acre pond three miles from Southampton for his new venture....Howell - the wealthiest citizen of the new colony and its magistrate - got the town to give him 40 acres on the pond and to provide labor and money to support his project. The mill was built and millstones hewn from two boulders found in the moraine north of the site. Oral history places this first mill, which was probably grinding by 1644, several hundred yards north of its current site on Mill Creek....
(Submitted on December 9, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Watermill Museum - East Side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2017
3. Watermill Museum - East Side
<i>Water Mill, Water Mill</i> image. Click for full size.
Photograph courtesy of the Easthampton Library, Long Island Collection
4. Water Mill, Water Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 8, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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