New Albany in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1833, Archibald Smith (1803-83) began to build a sawmill a short distance east of here where a tributary enters Blacklick Creek. His work was soon destroyed, he wrote, by a “rise of water known as the great Fourth of July Flood.” Undaunted, he completed the mill the next year and used it to saw lumber from trees felled as he cleared land for cultivation.
Archibald's son, Dr. Isaac Newton Smith, described his father's mill as the first on Blacklick Creek. Dr. Smith recalled four mills on Blacklick and one each on Sugar Run and Rocky Fork Creeks. These mills, he noted, received some of the best oak, butternut, chestnut, and walnut timber in the area.
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The era of water-powered sawmills in Plain Township lasted from 1833 to around the time of the Civil War. During that period, Plain Township's settlers exchanged log dwellings for comfortable frame houses.
Archibald moved from New Jersey to Plain Township with members of his family in 1818. Having had little formal schooling in New Jersey and none in Ohio, he taught himself practical skills. A carpenter by trade, he supervised the construction of locks, aqueducts, and bridges on the Ohio and Erie Canal between 1827 and 1833. The house he built at 6320 Kitzmiller
Erected 1999 by New Albany Company, New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society, Friends of Blacklick Creek, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 24-25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 5.342′ N, 82° 46.97′ W. Marker is in New Albany, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Kitzmiller Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6000 Kitzmiller Road, New Albany OH 43054, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smith’s Burying Ground : Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wagnor Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Albany and Plain Township Veterans and First Responders Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Founders of New Albany (approx. The Sylvester Ranney House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Disposal of Land in Plain Township (approx. 1.9 miles away); George and Christina Ealy House and Land (approx. 2 miles away); Benajah Cook Sawmill and Farmstead (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Albany.
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