Book tells tales about York County, Pa.’s mills and millers
This is the cover for Lila Fourhman-Shaull’s ‘Millers’ Tales: The Mills of York County,’ soon to be published by York County (Pa.) Heritage Trust. The book contains pictures and information on scores of county mills, including the Wallace-Cross Mill, the restored southeastern York County mill, seen here, operated by the county parks department. Background posts: Glen Rock Mill Inn: ‘They are happy to see it open again’ and Part of York County’s past, Biesecker Mill, goes on the auction block and Pioneering sisters operated York County grist mill near Cross Roads and Felton landmark: ‘The mill at one time was gossip central’.
The beautifully restored Wallace-Cross Mill near Cross Roads borough graces the cover of a new paperback book, set for release soon.
Author Lila Fourhman-Shaull combined photos and information from two collections, including that of longtime mill aficionado Grant Voaden.
Here is a description from the back cover of Millers’ Tales: … .
Don’t let all those green acres of farmland fool you. York County has deep industrial roots, and milling was one of those early industries. Mills and millers have operated in the county since at least 1734, and for many years, milling was the county’s No. 1 enterprise. Not only did mills convert raw grain and other products into a form that could be used, but they also provided a site for social activity. Mill offices were filled with customers as well as neighbors discussing current events and community activities. In Millers’ Tales, York County Heritage Trust Archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull brings together facts and photographs from two collections to form a stream of mill information that will engage and educate.
Other facts about the book:
Ordering information: York County Heritage Trust
Contains special essay: Harvey Bradley, whose name has been given to Bradley Mill, the restored gristmill at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
Cover photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record/Sunday News. (See his video of the Cross Mill.)
Cover design: Samantha Dellinger, YDR/YSN
Official unveiling: Saturday, Nov. 27. (Details to be come.)
This is the third book or book set that is recently available to the public at the Trust for the holiday season. The other two: 250th Chronicles and Journal of York County Heritage.
Also, a cache of Tom Schaefer’s “Patterns of Our Past,” out of print for several years, has been found and is available at the Heritage Trust bookshop. That paperback book was published as part of the 250th anniversary of York County in 1999.
Also of interest:
Felton landmark: ‘The mill at one time was gossip central’