Mysteries of Reynolds Mill; Drawings of Cliff Satterthwaite
Cliff Satterthwaite drew several small parts within Reynolds Mill while painting many views of it in 1966. I’ve done some research, trying to identify Mystery Part 1, however have been unsuccessful. Do any of my readers know the name or function of this mystery part? If so, please post a comment.
Reynolds Mill Road heads southwest off of the Susquehanna Trail at Leader Heights. Further south, Reynolds Mill Road ends just west of Loganville. Reynolds Mill Road is as its name implies; it was the road to Reynolds Mill. I’ve annotated the following northward looking Bing.com Birds Eye View to illustrate where Reynolds Water Powered Grist Mill was located.
Reynolds Mill was located in Springfield Township. It utilized water from the South Branch of the Codorus Creek to power its water wheel. I’ve seen at least three Cliff Satterthwaite paintings of Reynolds Mill from the viewpoints I’ve so noted on the aerial view.
A southwest looking view “A” gazes across Twin Arch Road showing a wood frame addition on a stone foundation, attached to the main brick mill building. A westward looking view “B” gazes at the front of the mill building from the front porch of the still standing house on Reynolds Mill Road. A northeast looking view “C” gazes at the headrace and wheel corner of Reynolds Mill.
Reynolds Mill Mystery Part 2 follows; do any of my readers know the name or function of this mystery part? If so, please post a comment. Cliff Satterthwaite suspected it might be some kind of sifter.
I guess it is the Engineer in me; for when I look at Cliff’s drawings, the design methods shine through. The twelve-sided central shaft has through-slots to accept three radial wooden pieces. The wooden pieces are pushed half way through the slots and are then pined to the central shaft; creating six radial support-spokes. These are design and construction techniques prevalent in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
Related posts with mill drawings by Cliff Satterthwaite:
- Reynolds (Rennoll’s) Mill; Paintings of Cliff Satterthwaite
- The Stonybrook Mill; Artwork of Cliff Satterthwaite
- Grant Voaden’s Stonybrook Mill details; illustrated with Artwork of Cliff Satterthwaite
- Handwriting on the Walls of Stonybrook Mill and more Artwork of Cliff Satterthwaite