Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Durham Township Grist Mill


Some historic shots taken from my car in Upper Bucks County and yes I was driving. I might also add that it's a very rural area and I was the only one around.
"The Durham Grist Mill was in operation for 147 years from 1820 to 1967, milling famous Ceresota Flour from 1820 through the 1920’s and then livestock feed until closing." The second oldest post office in the United Sates (circa 1727) is still in this building it can be seen from the front but of course I don't have a photo of it. I take one next time. There is also an old 18Th century iron works furnace near this site that I hope to find.

26 comments:

Thom said...

How cool are those buildings. And the post office is still in use? Wow. This is spectacular. :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

wow! what an amazing find. I hope this stays like this forever.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» really enjoys old signs like this! Thank you for the "day brightener"!
(...even though «Louis» is posting this at almost 22:00 PST!)

Sunny said...

Great shots, James. I love paintings on old brick buildings and these buildings are really terrific!
Sunny :)

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! In use for 147 years and it's still standing...that's unusual for our country! I'm surprised it isn't a parking lot for a mall or something...I love the colorful painted wall on that brick. What a great find!

Olivier said...

cette peinture murale d'un autre temps est magnifique, une oeuvre pour un musée

VP said...

A great building and an awesome old mural. I hope this would be somewhat protected to last much more time!

Cezar and Léia said...

I've visited the site, it's so historical!
For sure a beautiful and colourful mural!
Very interesting old building!
Léia :)

Bibi said...

Agree with the others that this is a place that should be immortalized (you have done so, in a way) and I hope the historical society is watching...

Alan Burnett said...

Oh, that is a wonderfully impressive photograph. The art is not just in the scene but in the ability to spot it.

mbkatc230 said...

This is such a neat building, I love that ad! You are lucky to be in an area with so much history, there are photo ops everywhere! Thanks for the visit, I think the spring "show" is one of the things I would miss most. They say it's going to be a doozy this year due to all the rain. Hopefully, lots and lots of pix! Kathy

Woody said...

Very nice! When I drive around, I look for roads that contains 'Mill' and drive them looking for the mill. I'm not always successful, but I often find other thing to photograph that are nice. I've been to Durham Township many times and I've never see this before. Kathleen Connally has a pretty amazing Duram Township blog at http://www.durhamtownship.com/index.html

Julie said...

I have mixed feelings as to whether old signs should be "touched up" or not.They are no longer "old" are they ...

Malyss said...

I like very much so ghost places, with so much stories to tell, so much memories on their walls..

Rebecca said...

That is so cool! And great work while driving! Just be sure to stay on the road.

Kathleen said...

I helped oversee the restoration of the mural, which wasn't really a restoration since there was nothing left of the original except a few chips of paint.

You can read the whole story in this press release I wrote at the time the new mural was painted: http://www.ttgweb.com/~ttgweb/cms/1697.html

The Durham Iron Works started in 1727 and made shot shells and cannon for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The original furnace you were looking for was demolished in the early 1800s and replaced by the gristmill (the building in your photos).

More history is on the township's website: http://www.durhamtownship.org/index_files/Page462.htm

Thanks for your interest in our little community.

Kathleen Connally
Photographer
www.durhamtownship.com

Sistertex said...

Coming upon historic sites such as this one is a huge part of why I travel. Love stopping and seeing how things were. Heckers & Ceresota Flour isn't available in our area. Cool about the post office. James really sounds like a great area to explore...what a find!

Stickup Artist said...

The folks in PA are pretty good about keeping up their historic landmarks. They are not so quick to knock things down to make room for the new.

I love the long shadows of the trees leading back toward that shot of color in the otherwise neutral scene on foto 2.

I gotta show my Mom this blog. She'll go nuts.

Clytie said...

What an amazing place. I'm so glad they are using it, and not tearing it down! I'm so glad you found it!

imac said...

What wonderful shots.

Cheryl said...

I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful building. I love the old advertisements. So much care went into them. Would love to see such ads nowadays, not plastic ones everywhere.

Marka said...

That's quite a bit of history is those old buildings.

ρομπερτ said...

Outstanding photograpy and words. A deep bow in respect of this.

Please have a nice Thursday.

Julie said...

Interesting comment from Kathleen.

ruma2008 said...

Form and colors are buildings feeling very nostalgic.
It has a slightly heartwarming atmosphere.

kaye said...

such character--it's a great old building.