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Elizabethtown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Millstone Plaza History

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 12, 2019
1. Millstone Plaza History Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1876, Joseph K. Groff built Groff's Mill, a steam-powered grist mill on Negley's Run. In 1877, when Joseph joined his brother, John K. Groff, in the meat business at a butcher shop at 13 North Market Street, he sold the mill to Jacob G. Stauffer. Jacob made improvements and enlarged the mill to include four sets, or runs, of stones. He ran the mill continuously, grinding wheat into flour and corn into meal, then selling it to many distant locations. Stauffers Mill was able to produce 50 barrels (about 10,000 pounds) of flour each day.

In 1898, Stauffer sold the mill to his son-in-law, John F. Binkley. John, who had a lifetime of experience in the milling business when he came to Elizabethtown, ran the mill until his death in 1916. Upon John's death, Stauffer returned to the mill and operated it until his grandson, Jacob V. Binkley, was able to take over the mill.

Jacob V. Binkley was born in Elizabethtown in1899 and graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1917. In 1918, at the age of nineteen, Jacob began to operate Binkley's Mill. In his time the mill produced Silver Cloud Flour, Blue Ribbon Corn Meal,
Marker detail: Grist Mill image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Grist Mill
and a variety of poultry feeds, along with custom milling for local farmers.

The millstones on this site today are believed to be from Binkley's Mill. These stones were recovered when Bainbridge Street was built in 2011.


 
Location. 40° 8.801′ N, 76° 36.185′ W. Marker is in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bainbridge Street and South Market Street (State Highway 743), on the right when traveling east on West Bainbridge Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in an interpretive plaza at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 South Market Street, Elizabethtown PA 17022, 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. Grist Mill Process (here, next to this marker); Early Telegraph (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Witness Tree (approx. 3.7 miles away); Donegal Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Witness Tree Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Donegal Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); River Brethren (approx. 4.2 miles away); In honor of those who served our country in Korea & Vietnam (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Elizabethtown Millstone Plaza History
 
Categories.
Marker detail: Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA
AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Joseph K. Groff  Jacob G. Stauffer<br>Jacob V. Binkley  John F. Binkley image. Click for full size.
4. Joseph K. Groff Jacob G. Stauffer
Jacob V. Binkley John F. Binkley
Silver Cloud Flour image. Click for full size.
5. Silver Cloud Flour
Will prove a valuable help to a good cook.

J. G. Stauffer, Prop.
Elizabethtown Flouring Mills
Flour, Feed, Grain, and Salt

Manufacturer of Hard Wood Lumber.
Telegraph poles a speciality.
Millstone Plaza History Marker (<i>wide view from Bainbridge Street  marker in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 12, 2019
6. Millstone Plaza History Marker (wide view from Bainbridge Street marker in background)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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