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Site of Gilpin Mills

 
 
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By Stephen J Duncan, June 9, 2014
1. Site of Gilpin Mills Marker
Inscription. Along this curve of the Brandywine, two brothers, Joshua and Thomas Gilpin, established the first paper mill in Delaware in 1787. Their high quality paper was handmade, one sheet at a time, from rags carted up from nearby Wilmington. In 1795, Thomas Gilpin built a mansion overlooking the mills and called it ‘Kentmere’ after their ancestral home in England. Thomas Gilpin revolutionized the paper industry by inventing and patenting a machine to make paper in an endless roll. Continuous paper manufacturing began on this site in August 1817. In May 1821, the famous Lavoisier’s Atlas was published on Gilpin paper. The Gilpins overcame a flood in 1822 and a massive fire in 1825 before selling the business in 1837. The mills were destroyed by flooding in 1839.
 
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-166.)
 
Location. 39° 45.86′ N, 75° 33.468′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Mill Rd 0.1 miles north of Riddle Ave, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kentmere Parkway (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Francis Bayard
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By Stephen J Duncan, June 9, 2014
2. Site of Gilpin Mills Marker
The marker sits between two office buildings where the mill once sat.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Frank E. Schoonover Studios (approx. half a mile away); Salesianum School (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wilmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Christopher Columbus (approx. ¾ mile away); African American Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2014, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2014, by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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