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White Mills, Pennsylvania Historical Markers

 
As the Company Prospered, So Did the Community. Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., June 4, 2017
As the Company Prospered, So Did the Community. Marker
Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — As the Company Prospered, So Did the Community.In Every Way, Christian Dorflinger Fostered and Encouraged a Spirit of Civic Pride Throughout... — The White Mills Community Trail

White Mills grew rapidly during the 1870s and 1880s. Houses were built, churches established, and businesses formed. Two streets defined the limits of the factory east of the Lackawaxen River — Elizabeth Street, named for the wife of . . . — Map (db m104080) HM

Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — Dorflinger Glass Works
Founded in 1865 by Christian Dorflinger on this site. Glass was made and cut here until 1921. Noted for the quality of Flint Glass, Dorflinger supplied the White House with sets of tableware through a number of administrations. — Map (db m89456) HM
Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — Dorflinger: America's Finest Glass......Cut Crystal for Use in America's Finest Homes. — The White Mills Community Trail

How Glass Is Cut Once a glass "blank" was blown and annealed to room temperature, it went to the cutting department where skilled workers used cast iron and stone wheels to cut the desired pattern or design. Wooden and felt wheels and . . . — Map (db m104085) HM

Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — From Alsace, France to White Mills......The Dorflinger Families Left an Important Legacy — The White Mills Community Trail
Eugene A. Dorflinger Sr., Christian Dorflinger’s cousin who had also emigrated from Alsace, established a general store in White Mills in 1869. The family home was behind the store on Charles Street across from the St. Charles Hotel. Eugene’s . . . — Map (db m89494) HM
Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — Skills Passed Down through Generations......Together with Sand and Heat Produce Objects of Great Beauty — The White Mills Community Trail

The factory opened in 1865 as one building with a five-pot furnace. The large clay pots were made and cured in another structure nearby. The enterprise quickly grew, expanding down the hill toward the old plank road between Honesdale and . . . — Map (db m104098) HM

Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — The Canal and the Rails Spark the Growth of White Mills......Transporting Glass to Customers. — The White Mills Community Trail
Transportation was essential to the success of the Dorflinger glassmaking enterprise. With its location on the banks of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, White Mills was positioned to receive raw materials by canal boat. Finished goods could be sent . . . — Map (db m89490) HM
Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — There Was More to White Mills than GlassMen, Women, and Children Put Life into the Community. — The White Mills Community Trail

There was more to White Mills than glass and glassmaking. The people who lived here — im[m]igrants and their descendants — built an active, vital community. Devout worship and a love of country, entertainment, sports, education, . . . — Map (db m104100) HM

Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — Watching Over Their Livelihood and Their HomesThe White Mills Community Trail
The earliest fire protection in White Mills was likely informal bucket brigades---neighbors pitching to help when needed. The Dorflinger Guards, a group dating back to the early days in Brooklyn, was a security force whose members probably provided . . . — Map (db m89458) HM
Pennsylvania (Wayne County), White Mills — When Christian Dorflinger Melded His Art with History......Glassblowing Became the Heart and Soul of White Mills — The White Mills Community Trail

At the heart of a glass factory is its furnace, where sand, potash, and lead oxide are melted at more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to produce glass. Skilled glassblowers and gaffers manipulate the hot glass to create forms both beautiful . . . — Map (db m104097) HM


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